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Another Distance PR!

Since starting my marathon training, I’ve put in more miles than ever. Right now, I’m to the part of my training where my long runs are over 12 miles. Since I’ve only ever gone 13.1, today’s 14 miler was a little intimidating. However, I forced myself to get out of bed by 6:30 this morning to get my run in.

 

 

 

 

It was pretty, but I got it done. When I started I decided I was just going to walk the whole thing. Then I decided that I didn’t want to go 14 miles, so I’d only go 6 and call it good. Finally, I compromised with myself and did the entire 14 miles but switched my intervals so I was walking 3 minutes and running 2. I’m glad I did too. The very last mile was a tough one to push through. But, I did it….I made it 14 miles! Only 1 problem…I was still about 2.5 miles away from where I parked my car when I hit my 14 miles…yep…way to plan Tammy!

 

 

Since my feet were hurting and my knee was acting up, I decided to walk a slow/casual pace. Yep…it was slow alright! I finally got back to my car and laid in the backseat so I could prop my feet up for a bit to get the swelling to go down. That felt great! I ended up getting blisters between my big toe and the next one over. I don’t know….I don’t know how I got it either! I stopped by HEB for my chocolate milk (my Saturday treat) and picked up some double stuff Oreos. Just a word of advice, don’t do 16.75 miles on an empty stomach. I’m sure I don’t need to tell y’all that…but thought I’d pass it on anyway. Thankfully, I was able to eat only a few and close the bag back up. I could have easily scarfed down the entire package!

 

Once I got home, I took my ice bath, doctored my blisters, and put  my feet up on the coach. It feels good to be back home.

Almost a Half

This weekend was my long run, 12 miles. I have to admit I was a little scared about this one. However, I put my big girl panties on and went for it.

 

 

Now, I hadn’t planned out this route. I figured I’d just keep walking/running until I hit 12 miles. Thankfully, the entire loop ended up putting me back in the parking lot right at the 12 mile mark. Had I been wrong and needed to walk another mile or two to get back to the car, I think I would have cried. Ok, not literally but those last two miles were tough enough as it was.

 

I was afraid I was lost when Branch Crossing just kept on going and Research Forest was no where in site. At that point, I figured I’d keep trekking and break out the map as I got closer. About mile 8 I ran into two youngery guys. The one boy (they had to be 16-17) was doing something with his backpack while his friend was waiting. His friend says “Hey Mama…out here workin’ huh? Keep going…don’t stop!” and gave me a high five. I smiled and told him I still had 4 miles to go to which he responded “That’s what I’m talking about. Waddle on!” Now, he either said “Water on” or “Waddle on”. It’s possible I’ve been reading too much John Bingham, but I’m pretty sure he said waddle! I laughed a bit to myself and kept on going.

 

I breathed a sigh of relief as Branch Crossing turned into Research Forest. I was no longer lost! Once I hit my parking lot, I went into CVS and got me a new bottle of water (drank all mine by mile 10) and a Gatorade. Too bad they don’t have hydration stations for training runs! With my electrolytes replenished, I headed home to sit in an ice bath. While I hate taking them, I do think they help a great deal…the next day. I don’t see much of a difference right after my ice bath, but I’m pretty sure I would be more sore the next day if I didn’t take them. So, I’ll freeze my tush off for 10 minutes to be able to walk like a normal person!

 

The weather was beautiful. It was about 88 when I got back to my car. Of course, I was still sweating but not nearly as bad as when it was in the mid to high 90’s. It appears I had a lot of salt to sweat out too!

 

 

So…how about the cadence? Well, it wasn’t so good. I skipped 2 of my intervals, but in the grand scheme of things I don’t think that matters too much.

 

 

My fastest cadence was 88, which was pretty good, but as you can tell it wasn’t long lasting! Saturday evening I went to a Stock the Bar party for my CrossFit trainer. I was talking to Robin, one of the girls I see coming and going but haven’t been able to workout with, about my training. She runs 1/2’s twice a year and said she had trained for a full marathon but once she hit the 14 mile run she decided she was a 1/2 girl and dropped out of the full. I told her I was tempted to drop down to the 1/2 because I know I can do that, but this weekend coming up is my 14 miler so we’ll see how it goes at that point!

Another Great Run/Walk!

This was a good Saturday. Kelly, Mark (Kelly’s Husband), Clara and Katy (Clara’s Mom) all met up at the Town Market Square for an 8.5 mile run/walk. Since my training schedule said I should have been doing 3/2 intervals instead of the 1/1 or 2/1’s I was doing, I decided to following the training guide! I was last, which I wasn’t very happy with. When I started, my shins (right where the ankle meets up with the top of your foot) started hurting. It hurt all the way until mile 4. After that, it felt ok. Don’t know if it took that long for it to warm up or if my endorphins were finally kicking in. I wasn’t going to argue! My last couple of miles were better than my first few for that reason. I was thrilled with the fact that I was able to keep up with the 3/2 intervals for the entire workout. I only skipped 1 run interval to try to let my shins recover a bit. On the way back, I saw a dragon boat race going on. Too bad I wasn’t able to see the outcome!

Next week is the running clinic at CrossFit Point Break. Clara and I are partnering up, so I’m looking forward to being a better runner. Maybe I can finally increase my speed!

I spent the rest of today working on my quilt blocks with my Aunt Linda. What a great day!

Marathon Training

Originally, I wasn’t going to start my marathon training until August 14th; However, Clara and Kelly started training for their 1/2 marathons on June25th and invited me to join them. We’re meeting at 7AM…yes, that’s 7 in the morning on a Saturday. I am not a morning person, but if you don’t go that early you risk melting to death!

Kelly, Clara and Me

 

I wasn’t able to make the first workout day, but I made it this past Saturday. We met up at Tamarac Park and put in a 5K. I ended up with 52 minutes, which wasn’t bad considering I wasn’t trying to go fast. My PR for a 5K is 50 minutes, so I think I can beat that now! The run got tough as the miles added up. It has been quite a while since I’ve walked/run more than a mile. My left hip was griping at me all day Sunday. That’s alright…I’ll work through the kinks! We’re meeting up again this Saturday, maybe I’ll try to go a little faster this time!

I’m excited to do my Marathon on Jan 1, but I’m also extremely nervous. After my 1/2 my legs were dead. I don’t know that I could have gone another 13.1 miles. But, I’m going into this with the mindset that I have plenty of time to do the miles (about 9 hours) so if I have to crawl across the finish line, so be it! Hopefully, I won’t chicken out and drop it down to a half.