Monday, October 26, 2009
... and what's more, I'm gonna be doing it again this weekend.
That 18.24 miles was TOUGH. I'm telling you!!!
But honestly -- there was a moment or two that I almost teared up thinking about my sparkfriends who were sending me good vibes, calling down the running gods, and wishing me a good run! IT WORKED.
It wasn't easy -- but I did it. The best thing was that old bruised ankle/foot -- not a twinge.
It was like a miracle after running w/ it hurting for most of a week to be able to run and not even feel it was just blissful. I never use that extra hole at the top, but I also undid the regular top one and ANOTHER trick I read about -- arching your foot UP while tying your shoe. It makes SO MUCH SENSE but I NEVER thought about it before. I will definitely be continuing to use that trick!
I had to stop to take off my left shoe once cause I felt like something was poking me all of a sudden and it was creepy, didn't really find much in my shoe but it went away afterward so I guess I did the right thing. Had to wait on some lights, had to stop and walk for a while once just because my map was wrong (luckily the city is on a grid where that happened so I know I didn't lose any mileage) but it still took time because I ended up on a street w/ cars parked on either side, very narrow, no sidewalks and people driving around kinda crazy cause it was GAME DAY and yeah -- definitely not good for running and I had no idea where I was going for a minute or two there... hahaha. But I finished!!! 4:06 for 18.24 miles. I walked every 20min to eat gu and drink something, and some extra walking/light stops in there as well.
I had some pain. At the end my muscles were just DONE. My left hip flexor was talking to me again, my right hip muscles joined it by the end, my feet just hurt and felt weary. BUT I DID IT. I had to park a bit from where I started my run like when I did my 14miler, and it was great for getting a nice walking warmup, but at the end I was like WHY?!?!?! hahahahaha I just told myself, this is what it'll be like after your marathon and you're walking back to your hotel. It's not that bad, and this is probably good for your body.
I came home and finally (having never done this before) ICED the owies! I had a message waiting for me that my hubby was at a friend's house watching the game and I should come over. I called and said, I'm icing and eating something (yay cottage cheese protein blueberry smoothie) and then I'll come over. So I iced for 20min, and headed out. My friend had some AWESOME CHILI for me that I had after a bit, too. YAY. BIG mushrooms in it. :)
I was walking around like a TOTAL GRANDMA the rest of the night. Hand on the back when standing up. HAHA :D Of course that's after sitting a while. By the end of the day yesterday (after some more icing and icy hot earlier in the day) I felt almost all the way normal and today I feel normal again.
I'm telling you -- at the end of that run I was like -- HOW ON EARTH am I going to do this AGAIN on Saturday... and then later add TWO MILES and then later add SIX miles to THAT??? But... today I'm feeling it's possible. I know can understand the people that say they come to the end of the marathon swearing to never do it again and then a week later start picking the next one. :)
You think you're not going to make it, but then you do and you recover and find out, hey I can handle this.
My run was NOT in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM as bad as the 16miler. I was tired and hurting at the end of this, but it was so much better than the last long run. I am expecting that this weekend's repeat will be even better.
So........ then it's down to 13, then 20, then 13, 10... MARATHON. SO CLOSE. Like -- I only have two more runs over 13 miles now. (well before the big day, obviously...) 4 more (including this week) NORMAL style training weeks, then a light week, then the week of... yeah. CLOSE.
I still haven't even had to wear my running tights, but I know their day will come. This weekend is packed -- Halloween party on Friday night, DON'T HAVE TO WORK SATURDAY - hurrah! - but 18miler again AND my hubby's parents and grandparents are coming into down to have lunch with us or something? I need to find out what time they're planning to be here so I can plan for my run, and that night probably going to a showing of Rocky Horror w/ live acting and participation....
and I've never actually really seen it before... but friends of ours are performing and I'm sure I'll love it. I started to watch it once but it was one of those things where you start watching it at like 3-4AM and I fell asleep soon into it even though I was really loving it. Same thing happened to me the first time I tried to watch Tommy Boy.
Friday, October 23, 2009
That's pretty much what my brain looks like right now.
I'm not sure if this qualifies as psyching myself UP or psyching myself OUT at this point -- I think I'm vascillating between the two.
But hey! Distraction!!!
Some stupid people decided to diss slow runners in an article from the NY Times.
Right now I'm reading through some comments so not sure if this link will lead to the article, but I'm sure you can find it from here:
What really ticks me off is that this is essentially dismissing the marathon finishes of my dear friends - SP_COACH_NANCY, KEAKMAN, MISSJCISRUNNING, KASHMIR, and more, who have worked DARN HARD through their training process to achieve their dream goal of running a marathon. Thankfully it seems that most of those commenting on the article agree with me. :P
Considering I fully expect to run somewhere between 5-6hrs and maybe more... this article had me a bit chafed, angry and sad all at the same time. But reading the comments I'm glad to know that there are seemingly far more people out there who have respect and acceptance for those who take a lot longer to finish.
One of the commenters ticked me off and he even left a link to his blog but I'm too much of a nice person to rant on his personal blog space, because his overall comment wasn't that evil... just this one part:
"Perhaps my personal experience is getting in they way of looking at the issue rationally. For example, I got up yesterday morning at 5:30am and ran 19 miles before work (training for Philadelphia in November). I have worked very hard for months so I can finish the race in 4 hours or less, a respectable time for a 41 year old with a full-time job and 2 kids under 5. So, when I pass some fat dude who looks to be gearing up for a 7 hour finish I get a little annoyed at the fact that he's even there-because its obvious he hasn't spent too much time in training."
At least he admits he might not be rational -- BUT HEY!! If that guy is currently overweight, it doesn't mean that he hasn't lost some weight training for this marathon, it definitely probably is contributing to his slower speed, and there's NOTHING to say HE didn't get up at 5:30AM, might also have a full time job and 2 kids (or more) under 5. I hate how people think that just because a runner is overweight and/or slow, that must mean that they don't try.
Some of us are not gifted or haven't been running LONG enough to develop that kind of speed. I'm not overweight. I'm fit and healthy and I've been running in preparation of this marathon all year, and specifically training for it for the past 9.5 weeks. I'm still slow. I hope that my race time might pick up from my attempts to take my current training runs at an EASY pace, but I still expect a long time. But in the realm of all the runners out there -- I'm inexperienced and slow. Maybe years from now I'll be on my 20th marathon and kicking speedy tail. (Somehow I'm not really expecting this, and I'm ok with that! HAHA)
But I'm still putting in the work, I'm still trying my best, and I'm still paying for my race entry. I specifically looked for a race that was allowing of a longer finish time -- those speedy runners who are looking for honor and respect that they don't feel is achieved when running alongside someone like me can get their buzz when they run Boston. Or Ultras as someone suggested in the NYTimes comments. Or even more serious marathons like Atlanta's Thanksgiving Day race which cuts OFF at 5hrs. That might be a bit long for some of the snobs in this article, but it definitely cuts out the audience they're griping about.
Sooooooo there's that. :) Wish me luck this weekend and let the running gods be with me!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So, I'm blogging. :) I'll probably blog again later today.
Stuff that's been on my mind lately....
A couple of my SparkFriends have mentioned that they're previewing The Spark right now, so I guess it's ok for ME to tell you that I AM, too. :) And I'm reallllllly loving it so far. It's definitely not just about losing weight and eating right, let me tell you that.
It actually prompted my new and improved collage that I shared with you! So on my mind lately are those big longer term goals -- how I see my dream life in the future.
So I'm trying to think about those goals each day.
I've been on track tracking my food again this week and staying within range. It's been really satisfying to do that but the BIGGEST thing has been I'm tracking my water again.
Yeah -- somehow I've REALLY slacked on this!!!!! I guess I find it tough to drink enough water when I'm cold... so yesterday I tracked for the first time in a while and I just BARELY made it to 8... (I didn't even put it in the tracker yet I don't think, but I was paying attention!). Today so far I've had like... 1 cup. I'm working on it!!! I got down to 1 bottle of water at work instead of the two I alternated between because my stupid work threw away my lunch AND my water AND my bottle of salad dressing when cleaning out the fridge - gRR! Luckily it was just a plastic waterbottle and not my SparkPeople Water Bottle... which I have now brought to work and will guard with my life.
Hopefully that will help me since I will always have a bottle on my desk...
Also... I think I'm gonna try to run today.
Sunday - SO hurting and sore.
Monday - SORE.
Tuesday - not too bad, feeling pretty normal
Today - Feeling pretty good and normal.
SO! I'm going to give it a go assuming I still feel good come 4PM. :) haha. The route here is pretty flat and an evenly paved path so it's giving me the best options. If I feel like I should stop, I'll stop. I won't push through. I will turn around and give it a rest. I do not want to risk injury just to get in some mileage. That would be DUMB - RIGHT??? :D
Bummer - I left me HRM strap at my in-laws house apparently. LAME. :( I hope they are able to find it. But I will definitely be without it until at least Halloween, since we will see them then. If it is not found (or if the doggies found it and chewed it to death first PLEASE NO), then I'll have to replace it and that will SUCK. $40. boo.
Also crappy -- another neighbor got their door kicked in. It was across the parking lot, a woman was home alone and heard her door get kicked in and screamed. They left apparently (THANK GOD), but still... I can't believe my neighbor across the hall got a brick thrown through their window and now people's doors are getting kicked in again... even more incentive for us to get the heck out of Dodge.
We're checking out an apt on Sunday that is a possible sublease for us (good option since we're only gonna be here through the Spring) and hopefully that works out... it's going to be a serious downsize, but we have a lot of furniture and other belongings that we don't care to keep once we leave this town anyway so it'll allow us to go ahead and shed the extra STUFF.
Really I posted about a lot of downers in this blog, but I'm actually feeling very optimistic and positive today. :)
I will check in after lunch to report on my run!
Also so far today - 1 set of tricep dips. Will do more at night after lunch!
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