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Monday, October 01, 2012

Hey. I just back from my long run however I only did 12 of the 16. I walked a few times and then walked the 12th mile before I gave up. I've never really had a bad run until today. Today was a bad run. In fact the last 2 weeks have been very hard. I feel defeated and burnt out. I don't want to feel this way. I've ran 16 miles like 3 weeks ago. I'm off my running schedule by 2 weeks. I'm so upset and feel mentally weak. What should I do? It's hard to keep a positive attitude when I keep letting myself down. I'm stuck. My marathon will be a month away on October 4th.

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RUFFIT 10/3/2012 8:29AM

    Maybe your body is telling you something. My son had an XC Match yesterday in a terrible rain storm plus he still is getting over a cold. His time was not the greatest but he still pushed and finished. I made him go to bed early last night and this morning he felt much better. Take care and get some rest... Hugs, Moni

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BAKER1009 10/3/2012 8:16AM

    Looks like the jury is in, fuel yourself with more carbs emoticon and make sure you getting enough rest emoticon !!

Sounds so simple, doesn't it? I know it's not always that easy. You're not just training to run a marathon. You're also being a mom to 3 kids, an amazing girlfriend, maid, chef, beautician, and the list goes on and on.

While you have a TON of support here, I think it sounds like you are lacking support from some of those closest to you, who you really need to be on board with you (ah-hem Cole!). And since I know we are pretty much alike - your days of pretending like none of that matters, and remaining super strong no matter what, are wearing on you. It is HARD. It is hard being the one that is suppose to be strong all the time, never showing fear, sadness, weakness, etc.

So my suggestion is...listen to the great advice from the runners that have commented (make sure your rest and eating are in check). Then make yourself two lists. Everything you have accomplished, and everything you need to yet accomplish. Including getting Cole 100% on board (as in getting him to really understand how important this is to you). Maybe writing the lists alone will help you feel better. Maybe not. But it's worth a shot. And you're worth way more than a shot!

Hang in there buddy, and know I'm always here for you!

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K-GETTING-FIT 10/2/2012 9:02AM

    Dear Nikki, as I said on your feed, I have never done anything close to what you are doing with marathon training. What I can say is that you are doing amazing. This is a bump in your road that I know you will get over. You have come so far babe! The previous posters gave you some great advise and coupled with that drive of yours you will conquer it. You are strong!!! Hang in there beautiful:) Rock on!

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KAYZAKCX 10/1/2012 11:17PM

    It looks like you've gotten good advice from experienced runners. Let this chucklehead throw in his 2 cents. One of the cyclists that I most respect for his disciplined training is the guy that started my team. He lives in California now, but when I had fairly constant contact with him, there would be times he would start slowing down and his training/races started to not go so well. Almost every time, it was from overtraining. You might be following a marathon training plan to the letter, but if you are doing too much other stuff and not getting proper rest, your runs are going to suffer. Having said that, I have no doubt you'll figure it out. Like I said, it looks like you got a lot of good advice from people who actually know what they're talking about.

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INTHELOOP 10/1/2012 8:16PM

    "I am a marathoner. I love to run. Running is what I do best. When I run I feel like I'm floating and can go on forever. I am body strong and mentally strong. I feel proud at the beginning and the end of all my runs. I am a marathoner."

Isn't this a wonderful quote!!
You have come so far - you are fierce - you will course correct - sleep more - eat more- you have but one goal - to finish!!

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NYKIMMIE 10/1/2012 5:55PM

    You can do it !!

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KA_JUN 10/1/2012 5:47PM

    Ouch, you hit the wall? Did you bonk? Sometimes we rock it, and sometimes...well, we live again to fight the good fight another day. Don't be too rough on yourself, perhaps some recovery is in order?

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JENN03275 10/1/2012 5:40PM

    I feel your pain! I have bee in a funk myself and have my first HM on Saturday. I have gottn great support from everyone hee and everyone is giving you great advise. Keep up the good work! You are almost there!!

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BOILHAM 10/1/2012 4:53PM

    Trying to lose weight and training for a marathon don't work well together. Your main concern should be getting adequate fuel and rest. These bad days do not necessarily represent a pattern, and can be fixed. I have read that long run success depends not on what you did the day before, but the few days before the LR. If you are doing excessive strength training, not resting or not eating enough carbs and good foods - that will negatively affect your endurance.
I know I'm just repeated what others have said, but I am also training for my first marathon, and have found all this advice to be helpful for me. Good luck.

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KAPELAKIN 10/1/2012 3:57PM

    If it's not specific pain, I bet it is fueling. From what I've read, it's the day and hours before the run that are the most important, with in-run calories just keeping the blood sugar stabilized. Make sure you're eating enough for these big runs. I can't remember if you're trying lose weight at the same time, but it might not be realistic until your marathon is over.

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ONMYMEDS 10/1/2012 3:50PM

    Bad runs will happen, often for no apparent reason, although difficulties in this mileage range usually stem from improper pre-run fueling and/or improper fueling during the run itself. You might also simply be over training.

Don't get discouraged. Review what you have done correctly in the past and what you might be doing different now.

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NEW_PARADIGM 10/1/2012 3:31PM

    My DH is training for his 1st marathon too. It was at about those distances that food/fuel became a major factor. He was wayyyyy under-carb loading and literally running out of body fuel, unable to progress his distances and feeling low and ill after runs. Perhaps where you are approaching? Don't give up, keep surfing for answers, and KNOW you're gonna get this!!

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BIGBROTHER323 10/1/2012 3:02PM

    Hey, how are you doing now? Just days to go.

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