Saturday, November 03, 2012
Yesterday was my last long run before the half marathon next weekend. I did 10 miles! My next few runs before the half will be easy short runs. I remember when I thought I'd never be able to run 3 miles, and now that's a short run for me!
Admittedly, I am relieved training is over. I've been doing it for months and I started early thinking I'd need to repeat weeks, but I blew through it. Of course I get tired, but I am able to do it, and since I started running regularly in March of 2011 I've had no real injuries. Lately it's felt like a job, and all summer long I was getting up at 5am and I feel like it's taken a bit of a toll on me--mentally and physically.
I've been really run down lately, and I don't think it's all from running, but that definitely has an impact. I've just been stressed and not sleeping well, so I think if that weren't happening, the running wouldn't be as tiring. There are a lot of days I feel like I am coming down with something, but then later I'm fine. I keep getting a lot of headaches, too. My weight is up a bit because of it. When I don't feel so great, I often don't track or plan my food as well. My husband will also make dinner, and I love him for it, but it's not always the healthiest food. My appetite it also HUGE, and has been for a while. Other people I've talked to who have trained for a half marathon or marathon have the same problem. Hopefully things will go back to normal after I run it. I plan on varying my workouts more. I love running, but don't want to become burned out, and I feel I am close to it at this point.
My plan for after the half is to take a week or so off of running. I will do easy exercise that week, mostly walking, and maybe ride the bike at the gym. I haven't decided yet what my schedule will be, but I still want to run at least twice a week, 3 on a good week. I don't like to run consecutive days most of the time because I get too sore. I really want to do more strength workouts at the gym. I've been hesitant to vary strength workouts too much because I didn't want to injure myself in some way before the race.
Anyway, I am excited and nervous for next Saturday. I can't believe I am doing this. I never thought I'd be capable of running a 5k, let alone a half marathon, which is 13.1 miles. The course is supposed to be beautiful, and I can't wait to see it. I want to enjoy it, and not suffer through it, so I am going to run comfortably and then if I feel I can, speed up near the end. When I signed up for it months ago, I predicted my time to finish at 2:45:00. I feel like I can finish before that and I would, ideally, like to finish in 2:30:00 or less. We shall see. I might have to stop and pee. I have a weak bladder and find it hard to run that far and not have to go. That will slow me down, but I don't want to pee myself! Recently on a 9 mile run I had to go pee in the woods! I knew I wouldn't make it back to the house.
It's kind of amazing what the human body is capable of doing. I have a hard time being proud of myself sometimes, but when I sit and think about all I've accomplished, I am extremely proud. All the training and working hard takes a lot of dedication and I've had to be disciplined. It's going to pay off when I get my medal next Saturday. I am really excited!!