Update since I have been MIA
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
LOOK!! I logged in today AND wrote a blog!! I am on a roll!!!
I know it's been like a month since I have been on here. My job has me working so crazy to keep cuaght up.
In January I ran the Ocala half marathon. It was an awesome race! I was scheduled for a taper 10 miler but figured what the heck. I had some friends who were running their first full and I wanted to be there to watch them come in. The morning was cool, the course was beautiful! The route took you through the hills of horse country and it amazing! I loved every minute of it, well not every minute. There was a point at mile 11 that I was sick of the hills. lol! I finished in 2:30:31 which was a 3 minute PR! I was thrilled!! It was the boost I needed to stay on track for my full marathon which I was looking to PR.
Once I finished I hung around waiting to cheer on some new marathoners. They did great!
Last weekend was my marathon. I didn't know for sure the pace I would try to keep and I was pretty nervous. This course had a 6 hr cut off and what if something happened? I would get swept! I had awesome training runs at 12:18 pace and I knew this was my race!!
On Saturday I met Becki up in Tallahassee and we stayed with her cousin who was way cool! We had dinner with the marathon maniac group and that was fun!
I didn't sleep much the night before. Like usual. We got up Sunday and got ready and headed to the FSU campus where the race started. I lined up in the corral with Becki and some of the other maniacs and then we were off! I ran the first half mile then went to my intervals. My legs felt fatigued from the start but I knew they would loosen up, because this was MY marathon. By mile 3 I was in a good pace 12mm even. My legs still weren't comfortable but I pressed on. It was warm and I was dripping sweat. My hair was soaked by mile 5. I tried to stay as hydrated as I could but didn't want to over drink either. By the half way mark I saw Becki. She looked great! We were both hot and ready to be done though. By mile 14 I had slowed to 12:18 pace. I thought to my self, this is what I trained at. I can do this pace!! Nope. By mile 16 those fatigued legs gave out. They cramped so bad from my calf to my hips. I walked, and cried, and called my husband in tears. My legs ached so bad that it hurt to walk. I tried to walk as fast as I could but I saw my pace, and more tears. I knew I was going to get swept. My fears were coming true. My legs gave out and I wasn't going to make the cut off. This was really happening. I couldn't believe it. I walked and rehydrated. I actually drank 24 plus oz of water in 5 miles. By mile 22 I felt like I could try to run again. It hurt. I would run when I could and walk when I had to. I was very thankful for the support from my two amazing friends Mary and Suezette for texting me through it. By mile 25/26 Becki came back to find me and run me in. THANK GOD!! I was so happy to see her. We walked and run til it was time for me to run the track to the finish line. I looked at my garmin and I was past the 6hr cut off. There was a guy at the track gates and I knew he was going to tell me I was done. But he didn't. He told me to run it in. They called my name on the loud speaker and I was so embarrased. Everybody else had gone. There was just Becki, cheering me in. I finished in 6:06. I was so disappointed in my self. I had great training and high expectataions and my body failed me.
3 days post marathon and my legs are still a little sore. I'm going to try for a run this afternoon and see how I feel. I am registered for the St. Pete half this Sunday but I don't know if I will even attempt it. If I do, it will be just to finish, not to run it.
As for my weight, I am up again. I went to my Dr and my Thyroid was way off again. This is the 3rd time in a year which is not normal for me at all! I am on new meds and notice that I feel a lot better so hopefully the weight will start coming off soon! I go for an ultrasound this afternoon to check my thyroid because it's enlarged and the nodules have also gotten larger. I am sure it's fine but they want to be sure.
Ok, so that's all I have for now. Hopefully I will be back on soon!