Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Path Chosen - Marathon Training Ends

I knew that I didn't have a lot of time to make a decision. This week I had already missed one run, today was another missed run, and I had to make up my mind if I was going to continue marathon training or take a different path.

I was pretty sure of my decision this morning, and although my husband was disappointed that I may not run the marathon, he also supports me in my decision. By lunchtime today I had totally made up my mind that I was not going to run a full marathon in October. 

However my backup plan was to run the Hershey half marathon the following weekend. Yesterday when I logged on there were spots available. Today, it was sold out.

Cue the depressing dramatic sad music. I was pretty much crushed because I had decided that I was not going to run the full, but now I didn't have a back up race. I have done a lot of training this summer, and although even if I don't run a race it won't go to waste, I would still like to use this training to run a race.

I went on a search to find races. I found one. I have registered for the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half marathon. I hear that it is a very hilly course. So I'm sure that it will be challenging. It's two weeks later then the marathon so it's a little later than I wanted. But at least it's a race. I went ahead and registered before it could sell out because I knew that since Hershey is now sold out, the other races during that time may sell out also. 

How do I feel? I feel okay right now. I'm actually relieved. However I know myself well enough to know that there will be times that I will second-guess this decision. But I think overall that I have made the right decision for me.

Do I plan to run another marathon? Someday… just not right now.

So let's see if I can run a sub two hour half marathon. That's my next goal.

One path ends - another begins. 

Go Big Or Go Home - Is Marathon Training Over?

Go big or go home-it's kind of been my motto with this marathon training. And I have to say, I think I'm going home.

This definitely is not a post  that I ever intended to write. But I think I am going to bow out on the marathon for October 12. I'll pause a moment to let you collect your thoughts :(

Why you ask? Well I'm just not sure that I want to do it. I believe enough in myself to know that I could finish the marathon. I even feel that I could possibly have a decent PR. But I also know that that means putting in a lot more hours, a lot of work, and I'm just not sure that I want to do it.

See, I don't want to do another marathon just to complete another marathon. I want to do a marathon, and finally have a finishers time that I can be proud of. Because with the first two that really didn't happen. But I'm six weeks away and I'm tired. I'm physically tired-emotionally tired-and this really just isn't fun anymore.

I know this is the point that many marathoners feel this way with their training. But I am terrified of running alone in the dark. And my runs are now at least 7 miles or more most days out of the workweek. This means that I have to start running usually by 5am or 5:15am. 

I tried running yesterday, and I just couldn't do it. I made it half a mile in the foggy dark, couldn't see a thing, got super scared, and came back home. I got on the treadmill with the intention of running 5 miles until daylight and then going back outside and running  five more miles. 

By then the tears were flowing.  Emotionally, I was just done, and the reality hit me that maybe I just don't want to do this. This training is intense, and I know that I can do it. I just don't know that I want to.

So, it comes down to choice. And at this moment, I'm leaning toward choosing not to run the Marathon.

I will have to decide in the next day or two. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Not Gonna Lie - This Is A Struggle

I'm not gonna lie - this is a struggle. This marathon training is tough - not just physically but mentally. Anyone else out there training feel this way? Or am I just a weenie? For real, I keep telling myself to just suck it up. It's just 7 more weeks. But my body (and mind) feel tired at this point. But I also know this is the crunch time, where I have to dig deep (while listening to my body). See, that's the hard part. You have to listen to your body, but at the same time push through to reach new levels.

This week I didn't hit all of my scheduled runs (cue sad music). I had to cut my Monday run short. I was just super sore. Thursday's tempo run was also cut short. I was just too tired with dead legs.

Today was my long run and after being awake several times in the night with Lil Man and then Hubby's snoring, at around 3:30am, I turned off the 6am alarm and messaged my running buddy to tell her that I just wasn't going to make it. I felt bad for bailing on her, but it actually worked out since she wasn't feeling well and wasn't going to be able to make it either. So with a little more sleep, I got a very late start (for me), and headed out for my 16 mile run.

As I type this, I'm feeling every single step it feels like. I'm really sore. So I can't say that I'm totally thrilled that I have 7 on the schedule for tomorrow. But I am glad that I got in 16 miles at the target pace (plan called for 11:15-11:45). I did have to stop a few times to stretch. And I got dizzy once. But it's done!







****** Update - the 7 miler after my long run didn't happen. My body just didn't a day of rest. So I listened and look a rest day. Fingers crossed I can hit all of my runs next week.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Long Runs Are Getting Longer - 15 Miles

And the runs are getting longer - can you believe the marathon is less than 8 weeks ago - just typing that makes me super nervous!

But this weekend's plan was for 6 miles at a 9 minute mile. And then Sunday was supposed to be 15 miles at an 11-11:15 pace.

Saturday's Run :


Yep - NAILED IT! I had a friend who met me so that she could push me to keep me on pace. She did an awesome job. And then my biggest fan was waiting on me (as usual) when I got home. He's always waiting on me at the door when I get home. I do believe he is my biggest fan. 



And during Saturday's run, I asked my friend if she wanted to run with me on Sunday (for either the entire 15 miles or at least part). I did not look forward to running 15 miles solo. And I knew that keeping the pace would also be a challenge. She said she would run the entire 15 with me. 

It was 15 miles in the rain. We got in lots of hill work also. And, we came in under pace. 



Total mileage this week... wait for it... wait for it.... 47 miles!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Handana - The Sweatband For Running

Full Disclosure: I received products free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

When I first heard about the Handana, I was curious. But when I heard the story behind it, then I knew I had to try it.

Have you ever heard for SJS (Stevens Johnson Syndrome)?  I had no idea that this condition even existed. And when I read Katie Niemeyer's story I was inspired and in awe of her journey. You can watch a short video here Katie Niemeyer's Story (it's well worth the time to watch. For some reason I wasn't able to embed the video into the post.

Now that you know a little background info about the Handana, let's get to the actual product. I'm guilty of using the inside of my shirt to wipe my face and nose while running. So I was curious how the Handana would work. It's designed to wear on your hand to use to wipe away sweat or let's face it post nasal drip.So I took the Handana out for a run.

And..... I have used it on every run since that first run. It works great on either hand, And you can use the front or back of your hand to wipe away sweat or post nasal drip. It isn't binding, and I honestly I forget that I am wearing it until I need it. I did find that my hand did sweat a little (on a very hot run), but even then I would still choose to wear it. 

It comes in several cute colors. And if you use this code handanafriends at MyHandana.com you can save 10%

I have found it to be a great addition to my running gear. And I hope you enjoy it also.

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