So this is kind of a super late Marathon Reflection Monday. I just couldn’t get into writing today. Sorry.
I survived 24 miles this weekend!
I got in my first ever 16 mile run on Saturday, and then finished off with 8 miles yesterday after taking 3 days off from running last week.
Aside from some muscle soreness in my calves, everything appears to be working just fine, even my IT band! I slapped this sexy beast on during my run, and it seems to have worked. Aaron called me on Friday to tell me that he bought me a present! Turns out it was this. True love. That’s a picture of my leg by the way.
All of the extensive rehabbing I’ve been doing has helped too!
I’m sad that I missed a tempo run on Thursday, because tempo runs are actually my favorite speed training workout (probably because they don’t involve sprinting up a quarter mile hill followed by a deep wave of nausea). But, I think sacrificing was necessary for healing.
Aaron did the 16 with me, but opted out of the 8 yesterday. He’s feeling much stronger, and should be back on a regular schedule here soon.
Saturday, we finally got our act together, woke up early, and started the run at 6:30 instead of 8:30. Amazing how much cooler the world is at 6:30! Though, of course when we finished at 9, things were getting hot and sticky.
At mile 8, we ran into a gas station, and I used the restroom while Aaron purchased some Gatorade. Because we chugged down the Gatorade, I actually didn’t fuel with any Clif shots. I usually don’t take more than one gel per workout anyway (this will probably change once I hit the 20 mile mark), but I didn’t really feel like I needed anything extra.
I forgot the body glide on both days, but luckily I had no chaffing anywhere! I consider this to be pretty lucky. Thanks, Lulu!
I’ve been doing my long runs at a solid “cruiser” pace, and I’m excited to see the cruiser pace drop each week! I am exactly where I want to be at this point in the game. With 11 weeks left to go, I really think that 3:30 marathon is achievable! At the very least, I’m still in the running!
I still do have a long way to go however. At 14 miles, I started experiencing a fatigue unlike anything I’ve experienced before. It wasn’t a lack of energy, but my legs just started to feel like jello in a way that felt way more literal than I thought possible. At one point, I had to wait for some cars to go by at mile 15.5, and starting up again was pretty much one of the hardest mental tests I’ve ever had to endure. But this is good. I need to have experience with the mental push. My pace didn’t drop during the last two miles, so I guess I have muscle memory to credit. Just keep running!
Also noteworthy: Even though I still have 11 weeks to go, I’ve already started having marathon nightmares. The other night I dreamt that Boston was releasing the 2014 qualifying times at the same time that I was running my marathon. I finished in 3:32 (YAY!) only to find out that the qualifying time for my age group had gone down to 3:28. Bummer, dude. And then to top it off, my tweets that I was typing weren’t posting, so I couldn’t even vent to you guys about it. In another dream, I missed my flight because I decided to run a 5-K at the last minute.
THINGS THAT WENT WELL:
Rehabbing: I’ve gotten pretty good at the whole process. And it has worked! I seem to have stopped what was trying to become an injury. I hope that everything stays in one piece from here on out!
Speed improvement: At first, I was frustrated because I wasn’t going as fast as I was a few months ago. But after working hard, I’m feeling much stronger and much faster. I’m amazed at the progress I see every week!
THINGS THAT NEED WORK:
Cross-training: This seems to be an off/on week type of thing. This week was an off week. During my faster 8 yesterday, I could feel my belly bouncing around (EWE) instead of feeling strong and helping me go faster. I bet you can tell how well the ab challenge is going…
Getting up earlier for long runs: Things felt so much better by starting out earlier in the morning. Because the mileage just keeps getting higher, and temps won’t cool down for maybe 2 more months, I need to make sure that I’m not out past 10:30.
Monday: Ran for 33:34
Tuesday: Ran for 30:00
Wednesday: Elliptical for 45:00
Thursday: Walked for 25:38
Friday: Walked for 25:43
Saturday: Ran for 2:26:19
Sunday: Ran for 1:09:42
I hope everyone had a good Monday! Mine was kind of nuts. But it is raining! That’s reason enough to end the day on a high note!