Well, it’s official – the “long runs” are getting long. I still have lots of time until the big day… but have been wondering things. Lots of things. Like:
How early should I get to the start line?
Will I be able to get a good spot near my pace group?
Will it be crowded the whole way? Will my pace be determined by the sea of humans?
Will I be able to sleep the night before?
What will I eat before I race?
Will I be able to do anything when it over? Besides lay on my back?
What pace will I aim to keep?
Will I run with my hydration pack? Or will aid stations suffice?
Will I remember to pack everything I need?
And if you’re just tuning in… I’m doing the RnR Las Vegas Marathon and this will be my first ever full marathon. Also, my first ever traveling race (Dallas to Las Vegas).
Anyway, I just remind myself that I have an AMAZING coach, Andrew Simmons with Lifelong Endurance, and I know he will guide me through all of these questions (and more). The one’s that have answers anyway. As for the others, well – no point in wondering “what if…” Everything will be fine. I just still can’t believe it’s actually happening!
As I tick away the weeks it’s an odd feeling – I truly am enjoying the training process and although I can’t wait until race day, it will be bittersweet when it’s over. I will have officially run a marathon, but my days “training for my first marathon” will be over! I’ll just need a new challenge! I may already have one in mind…
OK enough wondering and speculating. Let’s get into the real stuff! Training…
[ week 18 / 12 weeks until 26.2 ]
Sunday – Long run. 11 miles, 1:42:56, 9:21 min/mile.
I died. It was hot. Even though I went early. I ran the entire 11 miles on the same street (which was exactly one mile long both ways, so kind of a nice way of mentally counting down) because it was COMPLETELY shaded. I kept thinking I’d branch out and run towards the park or another direction, but the shade was just too nice to give up. It was like playing a game of “The Floor is Lava,” except anything outside of this street was lava. Figuratively and literally (sort of).
This was mostly a mentally challenging run. The last two miles I felt fatigue in my upper body (weird), but I did it! 11 miles. Afterwards I showered, ploppped down on the bed, then couldn’t get up. I think I was dehydrated, perhaps a bit of heat exhaustion – I had a headache and just felt poopy afterwards. I told myself that I really need to make it a point to drink lots of water the day before my long run. Really, all the time. In this heat, staying hydrated is a constant battle.
Today I did a Gold’s Fit class, it was a great workout:
It wasn’t too hot today (YAY!)! I did 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ 8:30 pace, 3:00 min break (walk), 2 miles @ 8:30 pace, 1 mile easy. 8:30 min/mile felt fast today. I felt sluggish but I pushed through and that last slow, easy mile felt GREAT.
I really took it easy on this one. I need to be better about taking easy runs easy. My body was tired from the long run then strength training the next day so it felt good just to take it slow. I felt great after this run.
I woke up and was glad I only had 3 miles scheduled – I was tired. Even so, I woke up promptly at 5:00 am and got ready to go – stretched, got my water ready, turned my jams on and started my run. Ow. My right knee hurt right off the bat. I ran/walked/stretched for about a mile to see if it would “shake out.” I felt like I was running funny to compensate and the discomfort continued so I decided to call it. Any time I’m running odd to compensate for something, I’ve found that it does more harm than good. Then something on the other side starts hurting, then its a real downward spiral from there. So, I text Coach and he said just walk home, ice and take it easy. As frustrating as it is to call off a run, especially while already mid-run, I did what was best for my body and took a rest day.
Friday – Aerobic easy run. 5.1 miles, 44:27, 8:43 min/mile.
1 mile easy, 5K @ 5k effort, 1 mile easy. So, I woke up and started to think, I should probably just run around in my jammies and see if it’s even worth getting ready. If my knee hurts I can just go back to sleep. WAIT! That’s not setting myself up for success! I got my tush up out of bed, got my running clothes on, got my water read, tunes on, and got outside. What do you know! My knee was just fine! I killed my run and felt great! When nothings hurts – especially when you expect it to – now THAT is the best feeling in the world. I was glad that I set myself up for success and learned a lesson from that. Set yourself up to SUCCEED (no matter what!). This applies not only to running, but to life!
Saturday – Rest day!
Total miles this week (running only) – 25.16
What is something running has taught you about life?
Have you ever had any major mishaps before/during a race?
What is your favorite piece of running gear?