2 More Marathons Done
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
So, work changed a lot of things starting in January, and SparkPeople was blocked for months. It just opened back up, so I'm tentatively back. I have tons going on and have totally lost track of everyone here, so I'm overwhelmed for now.
What's new with me?
I ran the Cincy Flying Pig marathon on 5/5/13 in 4:27, about 7 minutes off my goal time. I had to stop for 5 minutes at the half due to a heart palpitation and lost the 4:20 pace group. Running the second half solo was lonely and boring, but I just kept trucking. The finish was a little anti-climactic! Good race, though, and I'd do it again.
Since Cincy was a teeny let-down, I signed up for the Cleveland marathon on 5/19. But, what happened last year during my second marathon (which was 3 weeks after my first?) - major IT band pain. :-( Wah-wah-waaaaaahh.. Could have and should have called that one. I power walked the last 6 miles and grit my teeth and ran the finishing chute. It was knee-buckling pain that was impossible to run through. Ugh. 4:48 for that one (Yes, I was on track for a 4:03 finish through the half and 4:10 (which was the pace group I was running with) through mile 18). Having to walk that far was a little sad, but it really didn't bother me that much.
I'm planning to lay off the full marathons (or at least having a time goal) for a bit. I usually change my mind, but last year it took months for me to come back after my IT band went wacko (and it is my other knee this year!) and I'm not pushing it.
Instead - back to lifting. I did good through most of March before I just stopped lifting. I have a wedding dress to look good in, after all. ;-)
Planning the wedding has been ok. I'm not doing a lot, so I'm keeping the stress down. Plenty of times I've just thought that we should have just gotten married already. I hope we don't regret the big celebration.
My diet has been not great. I've been maintaining 162-164 (for about the past year, really), but I'd like to lose about 10 pounds of fat. I know when I start lifting again I won't see the scale drop like crazy, which is fine. I just need to cut out the sugar and sneaking snacks. It's not good for me and it's making cravings even worse but indulging pretty much daily (or multiple times per day).
My running was going great this year, though. I ran 130-150 miles per month for Jan-Feb, then 190 in Mar, and 150 in Apr. May is going to be less than 100, most likely, even with 2 marathons (recovery sucks). I haven't had a less than 100 mile month since January or February LAST year. :-/ I might have to get out there in the next week and a half even if my knee hurts. My pride can't handle it!
I hope everyone has been doing well. Any big races that you've done so far or have coming up? Have you changed your eating habits for the better (or worse or questionable (like me!))? Anything new and exciting? :-)