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Individual Marathon Training Session 6 - Back on the horse!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

First of all, I want to thank all my sparkfriends for putting up with my whining yesterday. I was REALLY down most of Sunday, and knowing I had mainframe maintenance looming when I came into work just made it all that much worse. Happily the maintenance last night wasn't nearly as painful as the fiasco 2 weeks ago (though I'm not trusting that to be a trend, still too many unanswered questions going into the next one in 2 weeks for me to have a "warm fuzzy" about it).

You guys rawk.

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That said, my co-worker said something tonight that helped me get a little perspective. See, I had a major change to my routine last week - my son found out one of his co-workers lives just across the street from him, so he's now getting rides to and from work with him. Which means I don't have to drive to Richwood KY every day I'm off anymore! Which is both awesome and heartbreaking at the same time - it saves me a TON in gas and time, but it also means we won't have those long drives in the car three or four days every week to talk and catch up (he's told me I can still pick him up any time I want to, we just have to make sure his co-worker knows so he's not waiting for him...I think we need to plan a weekly date because after just one week I'm missing him HORRIBLY). I have to tell you though, the sense of freedom knowing I didn't have to leave the house unless I WANTED to was pretty spiffy. What my co-worker pointed out is that when you're running around all the time every day, you sometimes NEED a weekend when you're not going anywhere. And that made me realize that honestly? You don't realize how far you've stretched yourself thin until some of the obligations go away...and then when you're NOT stretching yourself too thin, it takes a while to adjust (and for someone like ME, you feel guilty, like you're forgetting something or letting someone down). Aha. That put the ENTIRE weekend into much better perspective for me. It's just an adjustment period - I can work with that.

Okay, back to training...

I STILL can't seem to manage to get out the door early enough for us to do both our hour walk AND strength training on our Monday nights at the gym. *sighs*

BUT I picked up my daughter, and we knocked out our hour - go us! And I feel MUCH better. Funny how your body can really start CRAVING exercise once you've gotten into the habit with it.

KITTYWULF is finding that she's having an issue with getting a "stitch in her side" whenever she runs - I suggested she poke around Sparkpeople to see what recommendations she could find (but hey, any ideas from my fabulous friends that I can pass along would be most welcome).

This Wednesday we're meeting with the group half an hour early for a Fueling/Hydration Clinic and the focus of the walk that night will be hill training. The Pig is a HILLY course (well duh, it's Cincinnati so there's really no getting around that), so this is a GOOD thing. :) Should be a nice night - the projected high is 46 degrees with only 20% chance of rain. And if the current forecast stays in place, Saturday looks even BETTER (high of 48, low of 32 so 7am shouldn't be too bad) and once again, only 20% chance of rain. With 13-14 miles on the agenda, I'm ALL kinds of good with that.
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    Yay for getting back on horses! You needed that lazy weekend, your body was probably craving the rest. So, you'll be all ready for those high miles!
    2595 days ago
    For KITTYWULF's stitch, one of my running coaches said once they are caused by not getting enough oxygen in your system. Try breathing deeply in through the nose, out through the mouth as many times as it takes as soon as the stitch is felt, before it gets really bad. I do this when I'm running and it seems to head them off
    2595 days ago
  • MISSG180
    You are doing a great job adapting to changing circumstances. I'm very impressed.
    2595 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Definitely plan for that time with your son - there is nothing like Mom and Son time; mine is in FL and although we talk on the phone; it's not the same as when we are together emoticon

    So glad work wasn't too terrible - the things we do for a paycheck!!! emoticon

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    2595 days ago
    Your coworker sounds very wise.

    I've been freaking out because I'm doing about half what you're doing, then it hit me: you're training for the full Pig, I'm training for the half Pig. Can't wait.
    2596 days ago
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