Sunday, March 30, 2014

Marking training: Week 13

Total mileage: 24

Monday- 8 miles
Nothing remarkable. Logged this one on the treadmill since the small boy was off school and the bug kids were at their dad's. 

Tuesday- rest

Wednesday- rest
Not a scheduled rest day. My knee was feeling sore, so I decided to rest another day. This is the first time during my training my knee has given me any trouble at all. I call that a success. 

Thursday- rest
I did shoot some hoops with my daughter. Whoa. My knees can handle running 24 miles, but shooting a jump shot? Ha. 

Friday- 12 miles
It was over before it started. 

Saturday- rest

Sunday- 4 miles
I did this on the treadmill too because I was too lazy to drive to the park for a measly 4 miles.

Thirteen days and counting. I can't wait to add a 26.2 sticker to my vehicle!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 12

Total mileage: 43 miles 

Monday: 8 on the treadmill

Nothing remarkable from this run other than my laziness should be noted. I had a parent teacher conference for D3 before school. I knew I'd need to use th restroom before I ran and the potties at the park are still locked up. Instead of stopping elsewhere or going home and going back to the park, I just ran on the treadmill. See? Lazy. 

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 5 miles on the treadmill

I didn't feel much like running at all, but talked myself into a decent five miles. I've had a headache for the better part of two weeks, and I'm not sleeping well. I was happy with the five. My knees were starting to ache a bit. I'm not going to complain if I'm this far in to training and this is the first knee pain I've had. I call it a win.

Thursday: rest

Friday: 24 gut wrenching, soul destroying miles

I wasn't nervous for this run. I was sad when I woke up. After this, I start a two week taper and will really miss these long runs. One thing I was apprehensive about was the temperature. It was 53 degrees at 8. Uh. Oh. I wasn't thrilled because I knew what the heat would mean: more water and slower times to compensate for the increased temperature. I had to adjust my game plan a bit too. Instead of stopping at my vehicle twice to refill water, I had to make a third stop. I might have made it without the third stop, but it was too risky. Run smart. 
Somewhere around mile 19, my Garmin started acting up. I was allowing myself small sips of water every half mile and mile. I knew I should be coming up on 19.5 shortly. A quick glance at my Garmin showed 19.22. Ummmm huh?? I kept an eye on it for a good thirty seconds. Time kept ticking away, but the distance never changed. Oh. My. Heck. I've never encountered a problem like this before. I stopped my Garmin and restarted it hoping that would fix the glitch, and it did. It ended up showing a mile at over fifteen minutes and and the following over nineteen minutes a mile. I can walk faster than that. In hindsight, the glitchy Garmin wasn't really a big deal because the trail has mile markers, but I really wanted it to say 24 when I was finished. It's a psychological thing. 

Saturday: rest
My legs were SORE. I suspect this is due to the increased water loss with the warmer temps. I tried to rehydrate the best I could after, but you can only drink so much. Shoot. I didn't even eat much after my run Friday because I was so full of fluids.

Sunday: 6

Go figure. 73 degrees Friday and 33 degrees Sunday. Welcome to Missouri! I'd complain about the dramatic changes, but I really don't mind. Training in this crazy Missouri weather has prepared me for all four seasons in just a few week's time.
I decided to just run at the park where it's nice and flat since my legs were still very sore. I also needed to break in a new pair of shoes. Holy cow are these shoes amazing. I seriously felt like I could run my race in them that day if need be. I can't believe how perfect they are. 

Wow. What a week. Time to start tapering!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 11

Total mileage: 37

Monday: 6 miles

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 3 miles
I woke up several times in the early morning hours with a migraine. The migraine "hangover" that came later wiped me out. I didn't want to run at all, but knew I needed to get some thing finished. A measly three was all I could muster. Some is better than none, right?

Thursday: rest
Friday: 22 miles 
I woke up in good spirits. 
Sorry for the blurry photo! I was shaking. I started getting really nervous. I still had a headache, and I was worried how my body would handle the run. Ok, so, I had a full blown panic attack, but I headed out any way. Yes. I plan on wearing my hair in braids. A pony tail starts to annoy me and gets tangled. I'd like to have it in a French braid, but when I do it myself, it's not very tight. I'm trying to talk the mister into learning how. :)
This was an important run. It's the furthest distance I've run and this was one of the last times to test out nutrition. I'm still fine tuning that and hydration, but I think I've got it figured out. 

I ran this without music too. I'll run the race the same way. Many times, the littlest things irritate me when I run including a particular song. It's easier if I skip it all together. What does one think about when running for hours? I have no idea! So many different random things pop in my head, not to mention positive self talk. Yes. Lame, but running is 99% mental.

Saturday: rest

Sunday: 6 miles on the treddy
65 degrees on Saturday and sleet on Sunday morning. I'm not even shocked. It was a great little run. I wanted to do more, but stuck to the plan. Something I've noticed: my legs don't start to warm up until mile 5 or 6. It's a weird feeling. It leaves me wanting more, but I know I have to be smart.

I can't believe the race is just a couple weeks away. I'm excited and sad at the same time. I know one thing for certain. I'm ready. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Marathon Training: Week 10

Total mileage: 33

Monday: Sick
I wrapped up last week feeling a little icky. I attributed my upset stomach to overeating at breakfast even though it had been five hours. Turns out, I had a but of the stomach but that was going around. Fortunately, it wasn't very severe, but I was in no shape to run my scheduled run today.

Tuesday: The Blahs
I fully intended on running, but when it came time to hop on the treadmill, I was still pretty beat from being sick. My motto this time around has been train smart. Run smart. Listen to my body. Another day of rest was definitely in order.

Wednesday: 7
 I FINALLY feel human again. The park route is still covered in ice/snow so I take to the hills of the town. There were few patches of ice and traffic slowed me down a bit. I was only able to get 5 on the street. I logged two more on the treadmill when I got home. 

Thursday: rest

Friday: 20

I ran this without music, which isn't the first time I've done such a thing. I can't find the proper size in a particular listening device. I've had no issue because my headband held them in place. This run was going to be warmer, so a headband would be foolish. Instead of messing with the earbuds and getting agitated, I decided I'd run without. 
It was about 43 degrees when I headed out. Knowing how hot I get, I figured I'd wear my compression shorts and a tee. Excellent choice. The temps warmed quickly with the sun out, and I felt great. I did feel silly because every other runner I saw at that time had on full winter gear including head protection. :)

Saturday: rest
I help coach basketball on Saturdays. Rest is a term I use loosely. I have to say my legs felt fantastic. I felt better after my 20 miler than my 18 miler the week before. Bodies are so weird.

Sunday: 6
I was irritable for no good reason. I decided to head out with just my shoes and my phone. No Garmin. No music. Just me and the trail. Good choice. I felt more human when I finished.

Despite only running three days this week, I felt fantastic. My legs never felt dead or tired. I'm going to repeat my post long run drink combo of water, Gatorade and a protein shake and see if I can yield the same results. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Marathon training: Week 9

Total Mileage: 35

What. What!?! Glad to finally see that number going up. My times weren't the fastest this week, but I'm getting over it. Training is really going great, and I couldn't be happier about that.

Monday: 6 
 I wanted to do 8-10 since I took Sunday off, but I slacked. I did run hills. I hoped to log a few miles with mister, but we didn't have time.

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 7 on the dreadmill
What better way to pass time on the treddy than watching Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone? Fantastic movie. Casey is much better at acting than his brother. Ben is a prett fantastic director, though.
I was going to run outside but D3 and mister were both sick. I wanted to be close in case either one needed anything.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 18
I wasn't too excited about this run. I was cold and tired, but knew I needed to get moving. Running the trail can get a bit boring, but it sure makes it easy to take water and snack breaks. The biggest slap in the face? They were unloading Girl Scout cookies at a lot right by the trail. Not fair. Of course, I got my cheese fries and chocolate malt immediately after this. And, a BLT. 

Saturday: rest
I did stretch a lot. My legs were pretty sore when I got home Friday. I was surprised when they were loose by Saturday morning. I was sure I'd be hobbling still. 

Sunday: 4 on the treddy
I wasn't going to run, but I was bored. And, guilt stricken. I haven't ran a fourth day many times during my training. The only good excuse I had was a ridiculously full belly from overindulging at breakfast. It had been four hours since I had eaten, but whew..... My legs felt great, but I had to stop at four. My tummy was over it. This run's movie was Minority Report. I'm not the biggest Cruise fan, but I like that flick. 

I have to say, I'm pretty satisfied with this week. I only have six week left until race day, ahhhhhh!!