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Too Many Hills And A Confession

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I did my 18 mile run on Sunday, and it was tough. I chose a route that was probably 75% uphill. After my initial 3 miles of hills, I was in the zone and ready to go. It was a pretty run, past a lot of farms. The weather was cool but dry - no rain or snow, yay! I climbed a steep hill that went right past a farm that had 4 peacocks. They are gorgeous birds, but I had never heard them make noise. One of them was completely fanned out and screaming at me. It was a strange sound that definitely pushed me up the hill a little faster.
That was the beginning of State Park Rd. A road that I used to like. It's pretty. Lots of farms and a great view of the lake. It was peaceful with very few cars. It would have been perfect - except that it climbs up hill for 6 miles.

6 miles.

Some sections were steep, and some were long, steady climbs. At the time, I didn't really mind them. I feel stronger climbing hills. I'm getting faster at them, and I find that I dread them less than the downhills now. Downhills are hard on my knees, and one of them was acting up badly.

I stopped a couple times to put my legs up and drink some Gatorade (which I carried the whole time - bad idea). I walked one huge downhill and a little bit at the end when my husband and kids met me on the trail, but I did it. I completed 18 miles, and though I was sore and tired, I felt pretty confident that I could do the whole marathon. It will be painful, but I can do it. I think I could have run the whole thing if I had chosen a route will less hills. The marathon route has one big hill in it, but the rest looks pretty mild. I think I will definitely be ready by May 27th.

Confession time.

Last week, I barely exercised. I had overtrained the week before, which made me nervous. I don't want to get hurt this far into training. I also had stitches in my shoulder and upper back and needed to limit my arm movements. This turned into me taking it way too easy. I only taught 2 Zumba classes (which I did at 1/2 effort) and did nothing else. I really need to work on my "all or nothing" attitude.

Honestly, it was probably good for my body. I was rested and ready to go for my run, but it definitely took a toll on my mental state. I need my daily endorphin rush, and when I don't get it, I get cranky. I also felt like a slacker in front of my classes, but I knew I couldn't tear my stitches. I felt awful all week. Luckily, I kept my diet in check. That's an accomplishment. I've been having a hard time with my eating lately, but I was determined this time to stick to my healthy eating even though I felt terrible.

I spent most of my run thinking about the past week. It felt like a battle between the old me and the new me. And, since I was out running 18 miles, I'd say new Em wins :) I thought a lot about when I was my most unhealthy and could barely waddle a 1/4 of a mile. When 15 minutes of exercise was a lot - almost too much. I ran for 4 hours on Sunday and felt pretty amazing afterward (except for the knee pain). I thought about my plans for the future and how amazed I am that I actually have a plan and am still on course.

Running is so much more than exercise, and I learn something new each time I go out. It's nice to have a healthy addiction that improves me instead of ruins me. Completing this run made me proud. I usually have a hard time with being proud of anything I do, and there were several things I could have been hard on myself about. But, not this time. I am proud of myself, and I am confident in my abilities - for the marathon and the future.
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  • KELLEY106
    Good Job.
    I'm old and overweight and have had booth my knees replaced.
    Someone told me years ago that walking downhill was so much harder on your knees then going upgill or stairs. My doc agreeded. Suggested that I treverse the downhills. What a difference. May or may not be any good for runners.
    I enjoy your blogs.
    2174 days ago
    Keep up the great work! It is very impressive :)
    2174 days ago
  • HEIDI-25
    A huge accomplishment for you. You should be feeling very proud. I hope for continued success and great runs for you in the future. You will be successful on your marathon!! You have come far and you are smart at knowing when to push and when to pull back. Keep keeping on :)
    2174 days ago
    Even though last week wasn't the best, I am so proud of you for choosing to complete the 18-miler especially when it got hard (hills). I love reading your blogs as they always help to push me. Right now, I am doing C25K. I am only on Week 3, Day 1, and running three minutes is difficult. However, after reading this, you make me want to do it again. So, thank you for always posting as you are helping me to get through too.

    2174 days ago
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