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Tuesday, March 30, 2010



Well, my big day is a month from Saturday. Am I ready? Well that question can only be answered on race day. That being said, I feel like I always do at this point in my training....hopeful, overwhelmed, anxious, excited, nervous, etc... This is a fall back week for me before my last long run (22 miles to be exact) of the training session.

It always amazes me how I can stay focused for so many months for one single event. Even though this will be my 3rd marathon, the training never gets easier. The self doubt never goes away. I never know if my body will withstand the miles or if my mind will hold up to the long hours on the course. It is truly a physical and mental challenge. The shear satisfaction of finishing is always with me. This is why I do it.

It is extremely important in the coming weeks that I stick to my plan. Eating right, staying hydrated, following the training schedule are all so critical at this juncture. I know this week will be a challenge with the Easter holiday emoticon. I will eat one meal with my in-laws on Saturday and one meal with my family on Sunday. I am not going to stress over the extra calories. i want to enjoy this time with my family. Work has been so crazy and continues to be. I need some down time. I can hardly wait. Instead, I will just concentrate my efforts on the remaining days of the week. My final weigh in is a week from tomorrow and I want to finish this competition strong. I know that for me, the real challenge will be in the weeks following the race which is when I tend to become sluggish and gain weight. I have worked really hard in the last 12 weeks, I WILL NOT let it be in vain.

Thanks to everyone for keeping me accountable emoticon. I know I would not have been so successful without you.

Wed 3/31:
Run or cross train 5 miles~ Ran 5.85 miles, walked 2.21 miles with the dogs
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1600 calories~ 1547
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Check and record weight~ 125.4

Thurs 4/1:
Run or cross train 4 miles~ NO, had to go to doctors appointment. Will try to make up some tomorrow plus I did an extra mile last night.
TNT challenge~ YES, 200 jumping jacks
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1600 calories~ 1570
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Fri 4/2:
Run a mile~ YES, cross trained on the bike equivalent to almost 3 miles (11.5 miles biking)
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1800 calories~ 1747
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Saturday 4/3:
Run 12-14 miles~ YES, ran 14 miles PLUS walked the dogs for 2.25 miles
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Track food~ YES, approximately 2810 which still allowed me about a 300 calorie deficit
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES

Sunday 4/4:
Slow recovery run or work out~ YES, cycling 22.67 miles (7.5 miles equivalent to running). I combined today and tomorrow's work out as I will be out of town tomorrow. I wore HRM to make sure it was still a recovery work out.
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Track food~ YES, approximately 2124 which still allowed me about a 350 calorie deficit
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 4/5:
Run or cross train 4 miles~ NO, I did the miles yesterday since I was going out of town
ST~ NO
Wall sit~ NO
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1600 calories~ NO, approximately 1978
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ NO, had a kids meal at Wendy's with water for a beverage
Get 7 hours of sleep~ NO

Tues 4/6:
Run or cross train 8 miles~ YES, running 8 miles
Take vitamins~ YES
Consume under 1800 calories~ 1678
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

I will edit each day with my results.
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  • FELIXC
    You are doing GREAT, Molly, and you are SO ready!

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    3005 days ago
  • SMALLERSHEEP
    Molly,
    I am so glad that you are planning to enjoy your weekend. I was just talking with Yolanda about that. Expecting to deprive ourselves is just not realistic. I know that there are people who will say, but if you use it as an excuse, you will always find reasons to celebrate. I disagree. I think that if you don't allow yourself to enjoy life then you will feel deprived and go crazy overboard.

    I was glad to read that what you're feeling is similar to what I'm feeling (although, my race is on a much smaller scale!). You are capable of so much and I am so proud to call you my friend!
    3005 days ago
  • JUSTBEGIN
    You can do it, Molly!!!! Enjoy this Easter weekend - don't stress over it! You are ready for your marathon and any extra calories over the holiday won't matter in the big scheme of things. I am amazed at everything you have accomplished in BLC 12 on top of the craziness you have had a work AND marathon training! You are an inspiration!!
    3006 days ago
  • MARATHONMOM26.2
    Wow Molly, you could have been reading my mind before my last marathon when you wrote this! I go through exactly the same process... do all marathoners? I've got 3 fulls under my belt now, almost had 4 but this foot injury was just too much to push through for that last one so I did the HM instead - but I still always wonder... will I feel strong? Will I bonk? Do I have it in me to finish? Will I PR?

    I think I know deep down inside that I WILL finish, come heck or high water - the question becomes will I finish strong. I KNOW you will!! You are so very ready for this! Just remember to be kind to yourself in the weeks following the race. The reason you gain weight is because you have cannabalized your muscles to complete the marathon, now your body needs to rebuild. Its not usually fat gain, so don't stress over it, OK?

    I'll be cheering for you on race day emoticon
    3006 days ago
  • DOGSTARDADDY
    Go! Go! Go!
    3006 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    We'll work together for those 4 weeks between rounds Molly - we will start 13 strong :)

    Enjoy your Easter weekend... after all this training you deserve it!
    3006 days ago
  • CHEMKATT
    You are going to rock it Molly! You have been so good with your training I'm confident you can do it! You always make me want to train for a full, maybe one day... Keep it up!!!
    3006 days ago
  • BILLALEX70
    Not everybody is cut out for this type of training. That must be why only 1% of the population ever trains for a marathton.

    Keep your eye on the prize!
    3006 days ago
  • JILLWILSON2102
    Molly - no doubts my friend. You can do this, you will do this, you will keep yourself honest and focused. You are awesome!! emoticon
    3006 days ago
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