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Suppose I'm Obsessing a Bit

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I'm being a little obsessive I suppose trying to avoid illness and injury in the last 11 days before my first half marathon.

Little Gwen (2 years old) climbs up into a chair and helps me put her in the crib. When she is feeling cooperative she'll get into the stroller, the high chair, the car seat, and changing area with very little help. I'm being extra patient, encouraging, and not just grabbing her up when I want to go somewhere. I am trying to spare my back.

My hubby has pneumonia. I kiss him on top of the head when he's sitting or laying down. I carry around hand sanitizer. I'm am trying hard to stay well.

I must admit I've slacked off on strength training to avoid soreness and potential for injury. I promise I'll get back to it with intensity after I have this HM in the bag. I've been extra careful to stretch just a little and not push any stretches.

Today I went 5.11 miles walking for 75 minutes on the gym treadmill. Felt good. Not at all tiring. Ran yesterday about 3 miles. Will run tomorrow, maybe 2 miles and walk about 2. Saturday I'll run with a slow group 4-6 miles. Next week I'll do 2 slow short runs to prepare. Got to start nailing down what I'm going to pack.

I've been training since June 4, 2012, specifically for this half marathon. That puts an awful lot of pressure on this one event. However, I'm feeling pretty confident and prepared.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
_LINDA 11/8/2012 12:47PM

    You are very, very wise to be so cautious! Truly, it takes ridiculously little to injure yourself. picking up Gwen with just the slightest wrong twist. Yes, you must be very, very careful. You do really want to be in the best shape you can possibly be and that includes adequate rest and nutrition.
Keeping finger crossed you don't catch any bugs floating around in your world!!!

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MSLZZY 11/8/2012 7:30AM

    You are being cautious and that is a good thing.
You have put a lot time into preparing so hope
all goes well until the big day! HUGS!

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JOYINKY 11/7/2012 10:23PM

    Marsha, You've invested so much in this marathon! You are not being obsessive; you're being sensible. You are going to do great!

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WATERMELLEN 11/7/2012 7:24PM

    It's very sensible to take all possible precautions before the big event!! I'm glad that everyone is being as cooperative and supportive as possible!!

And we're all rooting for you and for Barb!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/7/2012 7:04PM

    You are doing great, Marsha. Meanwhile, the past week, my training / eating plan has gone off the tracks... I did great up through Saturday... then fell apart. Came home early on the 5th, to walk on the treadmill. But I've been carb binging like crazy... cookies, candy... we'll just have to see whether I can climb back on the nutrition band wagon in time to perform well for the race.

After that... all bets are off! Can we spell burnout? Or is it just the calm before the coiled springs?

To be continued... on the road... and in the race! emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 11/7/2012 6:34PM

    You sound prepared.
You will do great.

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FROSTY99 11/7/2012 6:09PM

    Good luck and stay healthy.

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AMARILYNH 11/7/2012 4:14PM

    Smart planning!!! Way to GO!! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 11/7/2012 4:10PM

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to your dh emoticon

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2012 4:01PM

    Marsha, you are doing everything right. so glad to hear you are being careful. I am sending you tons of postitive energy and believe you will do just great for your first half marathon.
Make it a great rest of the week.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/7/2012 3:45PM

    You will SO enjoy the half! My DH and I have walked 6 halfs and have one coming up the same day as your race. Today was our last long walk --13 miles. Now we will back off everything. You are right to taper off and do everything you can to stay healthy!

You will do SO WELL being so prepared -- if training doesn't see you through, the adrenaline and other participants will. I can't wait to read your blog about the race!

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ROOSTER72 11/7/2012 3:28PM

    Stay well!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/7/2012 3:08PM

    LoL...I hear ya!! Protect all that HM training you've done and don't let anything get in your way!

You mentioned that you are following a Galloway plan, I'm not but it's interesting how similar our programs sound. For the past 3 weeks, my long runs were: a 14.3 miler 2 weeks ago (3 weeks pre-race) followed by a 11-mile (2 weeks ago) and 9-miler last Sunday. I'm running 4x/week most weeks so this week is the same but try to keep the runs very slow and easy.

As much as running is mental, it's great that you're feeling confident and well-trained. I think by next week you'll be bursting with energy too! Good luck on your race!
-Naomi emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/7/2012 2:41PM

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MIRAGE727 11/7/2012 1:58PM

    I must be honest and tell you that I've been playing tennis every day and I've become a little reserved myself. I have two 5Ks in the next two weekends leading to my Space Coast Half on the following Sunday. No way, I want to risk a leg injury or get sick. I definitely know where you are coming from Marsha. Stay strong!

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GABY1948 11/7/2012 1:52PM

    SO good to read this! I don't think you are obsessive at all about it! You WANT something and you are making sure you do everything you can to make that happen! Nothin' wrong with that! I am a firm believer in hand sanitizer...won't go without it! WOOHOO! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/7/2012 1:33PM

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MOMMY445 11/7/2012 1:29PM

    you can do this! you will succeed! i believe in you! have a fabulous day!

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