Sunday, March 21, 2010

Half Marathon Training and "The Blues"

It's been a few weeks since I posted and I apologize for that, but I have been slogging through my own Blue Period... and it has been a haul. Some of it is due to my annual February down time, I am sure, which hits me at that point every year during the dark and cold Chicago winters. But some of it started way back in the fall, and it all converged and took me down for awhile.

I really appreciate all of my friends for sticking by me, encouraging me, calling me, sending check-in emails during this rough time (Bets, Donna, Delane, Jolene... thank you). I was just so tired and it seemed like all I did was work, run, take care of child, crash for some (little) sleep, repeat. But the additional daylight is making me feel more like myself, along with the B12 shots and the prescription Vitamin D, so I am feeling more "normal".

The good news is that my training is on track. I completed my first 8 mile run on Thursday, and it was hard but fulfilling. It also left me with a very bad blister between the second and third toes on my left foot. I also thought I was losing a toenail on my left foot (second toe), but came to realize just this afternoon that I actually have a blister UNDER my toenail! I popped it today and now it is feeling less painful... but it has been there for at least a week and a half!

Since the blisters seem to be coming on strong with my longer runs, I ordered some socks to try to avoid them as much as possible. Hopefully that will do the trick. I am even trying a pair of these toed running socks!

I was planning to run the Shamrock Shuffle 8K race in the city today, but the weather kept me away for the second year in a row. The race weather seemed fine, but we were going to be taking public transportation to and from, and at that time it was snowing and blowing and downright nasty so my friend and I took it to the gym and ran our 5 miles indoors. We had a good time, though, and really that was my whole goal in doing the race anyway.

February brought me my first ever 60+ mile month, and this past week found me running over 25 miles alone. I will surpass 60 miles this month... WOW! I have two 5 mile runs and one 8 mile run on schedule for this week, and I am also adding in a day of cross training with a Cardio Kickboxing class on Tuesday night. Hopefully this will be a good thing and not just another demand on my time.

Here's to more daylight and some warmth in my life, and come April 1st I am a mere month away from my 13.1 run!