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I'm done training for the half marathon!

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!!
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    WOW! you go girl! emoticon emoticon
    2200 days ago
    Go out there and just have fun, that medal will be well deserved!
    2204 days ago
    Congratulations! You ARE an inspiration!
    2204 days ago
    Holy cow, you should be yelling from the rooftops!!! You have accomplished so many wonderful things, and this is going to be the icing on the cake... for now = ) I'm so proud of you, and I can't wait to read that race report. *HUGS*
    2204 days ago
    I just finished my HM training too, whoo hooo congratulations!! You're going to have a great race and the time you spent will make it an enjoyable event! Good luck to you on your race!!
    -Naomi emoticon emoticon
    2205 days ago
    Congratulations for making it thru all those months and months of training! Have fun on your tapering this week and go get em next week! Have fun on your run and know that you are ready - you did everything necessary to get to this point, so please enjoy!! Best wishes to you!
    2205 days ago
    I just started running. Doing a walk/run program
    2205 days ago
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