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Monday, May 28, 2012

Normally on the weekends, my husband does his long run on Saturday and I do mine on Sunday. Saturday we had some major storms roll through our area so we postponed our runs by a day since we had the holiday weekend.

I had a hard time even getting out of bed this morning. To be honest, my head was getting in the way. Two weeks ago was my 18 mile run and it wasn't at all pretty; everything that could have gone wrong did, and I spent the next two weeks agonizing about whether or not I'd bit off more than I could chew by signing up for a full. See, I'd done 13 miles several times, and that distance is nothing to sneeze at; but what I'm finding (for me anyway) is that every mile past 13 really feels like 2. I know a lot of it is in my head, but I'm not one of those folks who running comes easily too; I really have to work at it.

When 18 went so poorly, I was glad that I had only 13 the following week. I spent a lot of time thinking about how hard I've worked to get to this point in my training. I know that I've put in the time needed to do this, I just needed to learn to trust the training and trust that I am fit and strong enough to do this!

Fast forward to today, and I was working hard to get out of my own head. I did my pre-run morning routine and before I knew it, it was time to head out the door. Because I'm not a huge fan of carrying water and Gu with me, I do a series of loops back to our house. My first was 6 miles, the second was 5. I felt awesome. Everything was going so well. I headed back out for the same 6 mile loop that I started with, only this time the temp was creeping up. I decided to carry water with me because I thought that I might be able to push the loop out even a little further. I managed to make it 7, which brought me to 18 miles. I felt great, but needed a bathroom break--then headed back out for my final two. I had to dig deep, but managed to knock it out in about 3 hours and 37 minutes. Those last 2 miles were tough, but do-able. I feel like with the added adrenaline of a race, a four-and-a-half-hour marathon is completely reasonable for me.

I'm resting and icing, and SO EXCITED for the taper to begin! 19 days until Grandma's Marathon!!!!

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SUGIRL06 6/1/2012 6:35PM

    CONGRATS!!!! I am terrified of marathon training that is coming up because like you, I have to work at running. But like you said, you just have to trust the training! Way to go girlie!

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NUOVAELLE 5/29/2012 1:36AM

    Stay focused the next time on all the great things you've accomplished so far! Sometimes, things just go wrong but it has nothing to do with our abilities or with how fit or trained we are. So, the next time your mind decides to play games with you, just respond: "Hey, shut up! I can run 20 miles!!!"
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FITFOODIE806 5/28/2012 7:30PM

    You are fit and strong and so very ready for this!! If 20 went that well, you will have no problem June 16!

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    You are doing great!!

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GODIVADSG 5/28/2012 6:02PM

    You did so amazing! You are allowed only positive things in your head from now on! Holy Guacamole... YOU JUST RAN 20 MILES!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Only 12 today (:

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I never thought I'd be saying I *only* have to run 12 miles; but that's where I've gotten in this journey of mine. I was excited today because I ONLY had to run 12!

The weather was less-than-perfect. Rain early this morning, and then drizzling throughout my time pounding the pavement. It was extremely humid, but the temps stayed in the upper 50s and low 60s so I didn't have to worry about heat.

I over-shot my distance a bit. I ended up running almost 13 miles in 2:07. I feel pretty good. I'm still struggling to find that balance for fueling. I'm using Gu and right now I'm taking one at about 3.5 miles in, and then at around 7.5-8 miles. Sometimes that seems perfect and there are other times where I feel like I'm hitting the wall and it's too late by that point. Today I felt like I was out of gas when I finished. I could attribute that to a lot of things, but I'm still trying to figure out that "magic" time to take the Gu.

Have any of the runners out there figured out a good way to do it? I'm open to suggestions!

Also for those runners out there who are covering double digit distances, are you counting your Gu, Shot Blocks, etc. in your food tracker?

Like I said, I am far from having all of this figured out!

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GODIVADSG 5/14/2012 8:30AM

    Hi! I have been right where you are a few times! First off Congrats on your 16 miles! I remember the first time I ran 20 miles. I stopped in the street and did a happy dance! I pay close attention to eating power house foods the entire time I am marathon training. From the ground up, leave the processed stuff behind. My husband, a marathon runner since the 80"s swears by pasta loading the night before. Not gorging.. . loading! I never believed it until I started marathon training myself. I take Gu's every 4 miles. I also found that I have a hard time with my energy around the 15 or 16 miles. I cut up a marathon bar into pieces and fuel with that over the next 10 miles along with a few gu's. It's not the time to worry about calories . I have tried peanut butter sandwiches, fig bars, homemade rice egg bars (Lance Armstrong), They are all messy to carry with you on a long run unless you have someone sagging for you. I really want to encourage you to talk positively to yourself the entire time in training. It is easy for self doubt to creep in as the miles add up. It starts with training not only your body but your mind! I have found that the mind is more difficult to train than the body. Run how you feel too. Listen to your body. And know that you can do it. The marathon is so very very different than the half! The half is really fun. The Marathon is fun too but in a different way and the training can be grueling. I love marathon training.... I am proud of you for challenging yourself! Keep it going... Run on and run happy!! I am not currently training for a marathon but am thinking about it in the fall again... just have to work out all the time involved in training. Currently I am training and participating in Triathlons! The cross training has done wonders for my hips and soul!! emoticon Dana

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 11:41AM

    I do track my Gu and any other workout supplements I take.
And I find that what I ate the day previously and right before my run affects me greatly. For example, I am extremely sluggish the day after I've eaten a lot of pasta and/or bread. It just zaps my energy completely. No amount of Gu during the run will help!

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LIFE-FAITH 5/7/2012 10:04AM

    I envy you! I wish I could run. period. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep going! I miss the wind in my face, the ache of shin-splints, (well ok maybe not..lol), but the feeling of being free when ya run. Jean

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CBEVNOW 5/6/2012 11:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am so happy for you. Great job.


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    I would love to be able to run 12 miles. LOL.

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Another Marathon Training Update

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Time keeps marching on! I can't believe it's less than two months before Grandma's!

Today was my longest run to date--16 miles. I OWNED IT. I still can't believe that I ran that far! I only stopped to walk when I drank my water, otherwise I kept right on moving. According to my Garmin watch I managed to keep a 10:35-10:45 pace the entire time. I feel really good about that. It is so true that your mind will break before your body does. After I hit 14 miles my brain kept trying to make my legs stop. I had to keep myself distracted from looking at my Garmin watch and just KEEP GOING!

Knock-on-wood I'm injury free and feeling pretty good. I'm cross training with a spinning/ circuit training class and a weights class. It's really improving my core strength and I'm surprised at how strong I am able to finish my runs.

Last weekend was the Earth Day Half marathon in St. Cloud. Other than the rain from mile 3-the end, I had an awesome race. 2:07 knocking 10 minutes off my "Get Lucky" Half Marathon time. Get Lucky really rattled my confidence, so I was thrilled to have such a great race in St. Cloud. Today did wonders for my confidence, too! 16 MILES!

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 11:40AM


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    Congratulations!! You are doing amazing!!

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CKAYT56 5/1/2012 9:23PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Wish I were younger and my body could take more running because I would love to try some running some races.

Keep us up to date how you are doing. Congrats on the St. Cloud race.

Char in MN

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2BE-MY-BEST 4/29/2012 6:46PM

    16 miles Wow! Go Girl! Congrats on a run well done . Paulette

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FITFOODIE806 4/29/2012 6:26PM

    So happy for you! I know this has been a lot of hard work,but it's kinda amazing how good we feel too!

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Marathon Training Update!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Like my spark buddy FITFOODIE, I'm really finding that the hardest part of marathon training is finding the time to cover the crazy distances. My long runs the last three weeks were 13 miles, 11 miles, 14 miles, and today a slight taper to 10 miles. All of them have gone really really well. My 3-day-per-week training plan is keeping my legs feeling pretty good, too! Knock on wood, I haven't had shin splints yet!

Today I started out outside for my run. The weather was iffy and it was drizzling out, but I'd rather run outside than in, so off I went. About 4 miles in the sky opened up and I was drenched. I held out as long as I could, but my clothes were like a second skin and I was cold, so I called my husband to come and get me. He brought me home, I changed and headed to the YMCA to finish. We ended up with a tornado warning in our area, so I'm glad I saw out of the elements. 6 miles on a treadmill isn't too bad, and I was just glad I was dedicated enough to change and go, instead of calling it quits when the weather didn't cooperate.

Next weekend I'm running the Earth Day Half Marathon. My training schedule has 15 listed as my long run, so I'll be getting and extra 2 in post-race.

All's well and I'm feeling good! 9 weeks to Grandma's!!!!

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 11:39AM

    That is always the hardest part for me, planning my runs around weather. I am worried for marathon training because I do *not* run in the rain!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/16/2012 10:17PM

    It sounds like the weather was really being a pain but you didn't give up and got it done. Good job.

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FITFOODIE806 4/16/2012 8:06AM

    nice work! Super impressive that you shifted gears and made it to the Y. I had a great run yesterday but me legs are much more sore than they've ever been. Today I am feeling ready and excited. Tomorrow may be different... We will definitely have to meet up at the Expo :)

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RIKI_G 4/15/2012 7:42PM

  Good luck with your half marathon!

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Running Tights?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To all my fellow running sparkers--

Do any of you have a favorite pair of running tights?

I'm looking at picking up a pair and have been thinking about the CW-X brand. I love the idea of extra joint, ligament, and core support especially as I start ramping up the mileage.

Does anyone have pros/cons for me?

All help is appreciated!

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MY4DOGS2580 2/23/2012 9:14PM

    I like the reebok dri-fit, very comfortable and pretty warm though the winter has been pretty mild. I also have a pair of champion capris, very comfortable.

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KJDOESLIFE 2/23/2012 12:15PM

    I have Reebok and Underarmor tights. And capris from Old Navy (and seriously these are my favorite, but haven't tried their longer tights yet).

Reebok - relatively inexpensive and the sporting goods store by me has Reebok on sale a LOT. Fit well, not too tight in the waist.

UA - awesome, about $50/pair, warmer than the Reebok for cold days. Downside - they are fairly low rise and give me one heck of a muffin top. Serious dislike for that reason. Good for temps below 20*F.

Try to try different pairs on to see how you like fit, compression/non-compression (mine are a mix and I like both on different days), low-rise, high-rise, thickness of pants, etc. Most are specifically labeled cold weather and cold compression. Good luck!

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    I have never tried them.

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JOPAPGH 2/22/2012 3:00PM

    I have a pair of the CW-X brand and I really like the support. On cold days I use them with compression briefs and compression socks or sleeves. I get the warmth I need without the bulk.

I also have a pair of Under Armour tights that I really like that are a little heavier.

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HEIDI-25 2/22/2012 2:53PM

    I wear leggings (not sure if the tights have the feet in them or not) and a few different brands. I like the tightness around my legs but not too binding/tight around my stomach. The lycra and polyester fabric ones are my favorite. I have multiple brands and all are nice to wear running indoors and out on long or short runs. Underarmour makes nice leggings and there are many knockoff brands. I wash and dry mine in the machines. I would try them on and see how they fit you. You don't want a pair that is going to ride up :P I am a small woman and can fit into the youth size L.

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KKINNEA 2/22/2012 2:41PM

    I'll be watching the responses you get. All mine are fleeced and I really want a non-fleeced pair.

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