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Marathon Training Wk 5...It's not all Rainbows & Butterflies

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Workout # 18 was supposed to be a 10 mile long run. Because we were at my dad’s house for the weekend, I was already out of my normal running element. I got up Sunday morning around my usual time and helped my dad make breakfast. Once we finished breakfast, I got the kids ready for the day, got myself and my stuff ready for my run and then headed out to do my 10 miles.

I was doing pretty well as I was finishing up miles 1, 2 and 3 even with the hillier terrain. Around mile 4 is where things started to unravel. It was around here that I was climbing a particularly long and steep incline and the sun felt as if it was beaming down on me. I stopped to walk to for a little bit, drink something and take my first round of Shot Bloks. After that, I picked up to running again and made it about to Mile 5 and just felt like I had hit a wall. My legs were heavy and did not want to run anymore. It was at this moment that I decided that I would walk in order to try to cool off some more and take in some more fluids. I pretty much continued walking/jogging until I got to Mile 6. When I got to Mile 6, I had 2 choices. Option 1 was to go straight and continue with my “run” to finish up my 10 miles or Option 2 was to turn right and head back to my dad’s house. Normally, I would have sucked it up, put my big girl panties on and toughed out the last few miles but this time I didn’t. I chose to go ahead and go back to my dad’s house. I made this decision because I was hot and I only had about half a bottle of water left. I knew that was not enough to get me through 4 more miles so I turned right and headed back towards my dad’s house to finish only 7 of my scheduled 10 miles.

Am I upset with this? A little. I am mostly fine with it because I know how important hydration is and I did not have enough to stay another hour in the sun. You see, even when a run does not go as well as you want it or expect it to, you still learn from it. It is these types of runs that teach you what to do (or not to do) in the future. This run taught me that my scheduled long runs need to be EARLY in the mornings to try to avoid as much of the heat of the sun as possible. I also need a plan in place should I run out of water while out.

Since I actually have a couple extra weeks in my training schedule, I have taken this week to recoup and will conquer my 10 mile run this weekend before moving on to my next week of training!

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    Marathon training? You're awesome!
    1388 days ago
  • BILL60
    I say, you should have toughed it out. You could have gone back to your Dad's, gotten some extra water and finish up the 3 miles. You'll have several such moments running the marathon and it's better to learn now to tough it out than experimenting during the marathon. Nonetheless, I applaud your having done the 7 miles in the heat. Hang tough!!
    1391 days ago
    Early runs are key. I've been starting before sunrise to avoid the heat. And I'm still soaking wet by mile 2. Sometimes, we don't have it in us for all of the miles. You still did 7. And sometimes, doing a week over again in a training plan really helps.
    1392 days ago
  • BA5454
    I think you did a wise thing. Too often we try to gut things through and end up paying for them later. I'm sure you'll be stronger for your next long run! emoticon
    1392 days ago
    I applaud your wisdom... in two things: starting your training plan early enough to allow the luxury of spreading the workouts out, in case lessons of this sort are needed, or to give yourself extra recovery time after a particularly tough one. Yes, EARLY when running in summer! emoticon emoticon
    1392 days ago
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