Monday, October 13, 2014

{Week 18 Marathon Training}

I don't think I have any word for this week other than Defeat!



Last week on Sunday, I woke up to some mild backaches that continued to get worse. I did no running this week. It was very disheartening to me. I felt like until this week, my training was going so great. I was determined to run Saturdays long run with MIT. It was to be our last run and I didn't want to miss it.


Saturday Long Run (8 Miles): I woke up stiff Saturday morning but I didn't care if I had to run in pain, I was going to do (at least some of the miles) with my running group. Luckily, once we started running and chatting all the stiffness went away and I had a great run. I guess this means that was my last training run!?!? How is that even possible? Where did the summer go?
 
 
When I think of the marathon now I have mini panic attacks inside. I go from being excited, to nervous to wanting to puke. I don't think I could pinpoint one emotion that sums up how I feel about it right now.
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

{Week 17 Marathon Training}

One more week closer to the marathon. I kinda took a break this week. I ate crappy food, drank and stayed up late with only putting in 8 miles before Saturday. I think that's the first time in 4 months I've allowed myself a good break. But next week I will be back to it. Promise!

Week 17 Marathon Training called for 34 miles and I ran 20.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 12 miles


Saturday Long Run (12 miles): Last week I had some stomach issues, so I decided to try out a Honey Stinger Waffle instead of GU Chomps. It worked out pretty well. It tastes super delicious. I think my plan is to bring one of these and two GU Chomps or two of these and one GU Chomp?!? I don't know!

 After our run today some of the pace group went to Mimi's Cafe for breakfast. It was super delicious. I ate a huge Ham & Cheese Omelette and two cups of coffee. So yummy! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

{Week 16 Marathon Training}

|September 21- September 27|

This week is the last of the high miles. I'm soooo happy about that. Definitely ready to taper. 

I seem to be handling these long mile weeks a lot better than I did in the beginning. I was tired but not exhausted this week. 


Week 16 Marathon training called for 46 miles and I ran 35 miles. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 8 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 20 miles

Chris and I took off Wednedsay to get my last weekday long run in. We went to Hilliards Rails to Trails and did 8 miles. 


Saturday Long Run (20 miles): I'm really sad to report this was the suckiest run I've had through training. First, I woke up at 5:30 am and realized we had no bananas. So I tried a Larabar and toast. Bad idea. Second, all my running buddies in my group were gone today. Third, I was cramping the whole run. It just sucked. BUT I sucked it up and finished 20 miles. Came home took an ice bath. Everyone has a bad run. Today was just mine. 3 more weeks until Columbus Marathon. 


Monday, September 22, 2014

{Week 15 Marathon Training}

|September 14- September 20|

Gosh we are so close! I cannot even believe that we are this close. I'm getting really excited for the miles to start lowering and more sleep to start entering my life.

 
 
 
Week 15 of Marathon Training called for 32 miles and I ran 20.8 miles.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 5.80 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 12 miles

My running buddy that is my neighbor moved this week. I'm so sad to see her go. We are planning on still running a few days a week through the marathon and will hopefully continue one day a week at least after.

My feet are starting to show signs of marathon training. Turn away if your are squeamish. I have a black and blue toenail, blisters, calluses and more blisters. My shoes are sized up 1 whole size but that doesn't seem to be enough for me.

 
 
Long Run Saturday (12 miles): This Saturday we started at Thomas Worthington High School and did 12 miles. The whole group was tired, quiet and crabby. It's about that time in training where that hits us all. I remember Christopher going through it last year. One more week of heavy miles and we start to taper. Luckily, I was able to focus on my wonderful Organic Fuel waiting in my car for me for the last few miles. My most favorite recovery drink ever!        

 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

{Week 14 Marathon Training}

|September 7 - September 13|

Looking back, a marathon was never anything I ever said I wanted to do. It was never anything I dreamed I'd do. When I heard of a person I knew training for a marathon I always admired that person, HOPED I could be that awesome in my later life but again never anything I thought I would be doing. 

At the risk of sounding cheesy, running as taught me that I'm so much stronger than I give myself credit for. And I think this week just showed me that. 

The beginning of the week was rough. My son was having problems with his asthma, I was feeling very weak and very tired. I gave myself some much needed time away from training early in the week. 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: 20 miles


Long Run Saturday (20 miles): I still cannot believe that I did this. I took this picture at mile 18, look at all those smiles. We were happy and enjoying our long run. It was a really great run. I'm so happy that my week finished with such a strong run. It makes me feel so much more ready for this marathon. 


We ran Worthington to OSU campus, around OSU stadium and back. 


Have I said how much I love my Garmin Forerunner watch? Satellite view of our run around the stadium. 


And my selfie at the stadium


Last but not least my running group. I cannot say enough about MIT and Fleet Feet Columbus. They are such a great support for me. 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{Week 13 Marathon Training}

|August 31 - September 6|

How is it week 13 of training already? Do I really only have 6 more weeks of training? This summer has just flown by.

Last weekends recovery from 18 miles was pretty rough. I don't think I thought I would be so sore. I'm not looking forward to the 20 mile recovery.

Monday was Labor Day and we had a fun 4 mile race...Run 4 The Health Of It. I will definitely run this race again. It was a lot of fun and there was lots of swag afterward.
 
 
Week 13 Marathon Training called for 33 miles and I ran 23 miles
 
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 5 miles 
Saturday: 8 miles
 
Saturday Fall Back Week (8 miles): Saturday was a really busy day for us. I knew I wasn't going to be able to meet my MIT group. But also knew 10 miles on my own was doable. So I got up at 5:30 am and set out to do 10 miles but I ran out of time. So I came back thinking I would do another 2 miles later but ofcourse that never happened. It's 2 miles and I'm not going to stress about it. Next week will have plenty of miles. 


I did end up spending a lot of time with my family this weekend whic is way more worth it than the extra 2 miles! 





{August Total Miles}

|August 1-August 31|

13 runs=110 miles