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Bring On The Marathon!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I love a good run. 10-mile runs are my favorite, and that’s what was on the menu today. I was really looking forward to this run. Not only was it a nice, “short” run, it is the last long training run. Next week I’m running the one that matters, and I am so excited. The nerves are a lot better now. I’m really looking forward to the marathon. I have decided on two race day goals:

#1 Finish it.
#2 Enjoy the experience.

No pressure. I’ve worked hard, and while I know it’s going to hurt and suck, I want to enjoy as much of it as possible. No getting down on myself no matter what happens.

Today’s run was different than my usual training run routine. I usually go first thing in the morning, so that I am done with it earlier in the day. The weather up until now has been cool. I’ve run in snow, wind, rain, and cold, but I had not run distance in heat – until today.

It’s gotten hot here in VT. Summer weather seems to show up overnight. A few days ago is was cool and rainy. Today it was hot and sunny. The leaves are out on the trees, and everything was bright green, blue, and yellow. Have I mentioned I love living up here?

So, I ran in the heat. I also ran later in the day (the hottest time of day) because I had Girls On The Run practice this morning. I love GOTR. It is such a great program, and I love working with kids. It teach the girls how to be confident, strong, beautiful young ladies while also teaching them about nutrition and exercise.

The run went pretty well. I decided, despite the heat, to make it hard 10 miles. I’ve got a week of significantly less exercise ahead of me, and I wanted to make this last training run count. I decided to run my old route, which has 3 miles of hills to start. It was tough, but I worked hard and tried to keep the same pace going up hill. I killed those hills. It was awesome. I actually took 15 minutes off my usual time, which felt awesome. I felt like I could have kept up that pace for a lot longer.

The only thing that threw me off was the heat. I’ve run in much higher temperatures, but not for more than 5 miles. The last time I was running 10s it was autumn and cool. I didn’t need a drink during my run, so I assumed I would be fine today. I almost was. The last couple miles were rough. I spent most of them thinking about the numerous drinks I could have when I finally got home. As soon as I got inside I promptly drank too much water too fast and felt sick, but it passed.

I am now enjoying the nice, exhausted, post-long run feeling and drinking a ton of water.
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    Good luck on the marathon! I had a hot one a couple days ago after mostly cooler training, like yours. It was hot and rough. Make sure you drink enough water if your marathon day is hot, but too much will make you sick, too. You should be fine!
    2104 days ago
    I LOVE your goals to Finish it and Enjoy the experience. It seems as well as your body being prepared, your headspace is also in the right place which is equally (if not more) important. Wishing you all the best for your marathon. I know it will be an awesome experience. *Hugs*
    2104 days ago
    I love it! I can't wait to hear how the marathon goes! emoticon
    2106 days ago
    I love how a 10 mile run now seems like a short run. A year ago I thought one would be insane to run that distance; now I am thinking about what marathon I want to run.
    2108 days ago
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