Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Last Run Before The Half

I ran my last run before Saturday's half marathon, and it was a great run. I started out around 6:00 p.m. tonight with sunlight and 60 degree weather, and I ended after 4.05 miles with a big smile on my face. It was a great run finish my race training.

I am nervous about Saturday's race. It is looking like showers during the race, and I am such a fair weather runner! Regardless, I will be running. Come rain or shine, I am there. But my nerves have been manifesting as poor food choices, so my carb loading has begun in earnest... and NO ONE needs that many carbs, not even ultra-marathoners!!!

But I will refocus on my eating and on losing the remainder of my weight once the race is over. For now I am just to enjoy the big day as much as I can!

Tomorrow I work a full day, and then Friday I am working from home in the a.m. and leaving at noon to start the 5+ hour drive to the race. And Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. the race will begin!

I'll be back here on Monday to post a full report. Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Half Marathon Home Stretch

Today was the longest of my long training runs: 10 miles. I had some weird stomach thing going on all week, so I missed a 5 mile run and did not run at all from last Saturday (9 miles) to this past Saturday.

My schedule was thrown off on Saturday due to a phone call, so I ran near the country club in our little city. I did not know the area well, but needed to both squeeze the run in and be at my daughter's drama school to pick her up in just an hours time, so I started the run from her school and headed out to explore. My stomach cooperated until Mile 3 or so, and then I was in so much pain that I had to cut the run short at 4 miles. Very disappointing, and it made me nervous for the 10 miler that was on plan for today.

I started out at about 11:30 a.m. today, and ran the first 5 with no problem. Quick potty and water break at Mile 5, and then I went on for the last half of the run. I felt pretty good until about Mile 8.5, and then the last 1 1/2 was a real struggle. I thought the last 1/4 mile was going to break me, but then I saw my daughter heading towards me on her new 2 wheel bike (she dumped the training wheels last weekend!), and it gave me the oomph to finish it off at 10.03 miles.

I have been a tired slug ever since. But it was a great day nonetheless.

I actually had a really slow run. It was very windy, and I spent half of the run charging into the wind which both slowed me down and tired me out. I also saw a bunch of signs for a lost cat in the area, so I visually scoured the bushes and plants and yards and brush for about half of the run hoping to find him and bring him safely back to his family. It seriously slowed me down, but it is what it is and I still finished the run.

I have two 5 milers this week and then an 8 miler next weekend, and then I taper to a 4 miler and a 2 miler two days before the race. I am getting nervous, but my goal is really just to finish the race. I would love to finish it under 3 hours, so that is my bonus goal.

Onward to my last 5 runs before the race!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Alcohol Abstinence April

No, it's not an April Fools Day joke. I really did agree to abstain from alcohol for the month of April. My friend proposed it to me as part of our preparation for the half marathon (which, in fact, is exactly one month from today).

Although this is going to put a serious dent in my social life, I think it will be a good thing. And I bet that I will lose a lot of weight this month because it is on drinking nights that I tend to overeat and binge eat. Any way you look at it, it will be an eye-opening experience!

Last month I ran over 66 miles. It was my highest monthly mileage ever. :-) I finished my 8 mile long runs last Sunday, and have a 9 mile run on schedule for this weekend. The longest run I have before that half marathon is 10 miles, so I am closing in on it.

I am starting to get really excited and nervous now. With less than a month to go, it seems very real. And there are some serious hills on the course, so I have to start training for those. There is a 200 foot incline at Mile 5, so I am going to do some treadmill runs that simulate that incline and placement if possible.

I have also started to think about life beyond the half, and what my exercise plan will look like then. Now that my short runs are 5 milers, I want to keep it that way and run between 10 and 15 miles a week. I also want to start taking the Tuesday night Cardio Kickboxing class that I took last week on a regular basis. But my big goal after the half is to hire a personal trainer for a few sessions in order to get some regular strength training into my routine. I really think that is what is going to take me to the next level in my body-related goals.

On that note, tomorrow is the last weigh-in for our Weight Off challenge at work. I did not do as well as I had hope, but should bring an eight pound loss to the team (as I will be wearing my very lightest of all clothes, too!). At least it kept me focused on getting back on track as soon as possible after bad food choices, so it was not a disappointment. I am not hopeful that my team will win the cash prize because one of the men (who each averaged 300 pounds at the first weigh-in) has really not lost any weight, and the remaining three of us cannot carry the team. And I must say that there have been some AMAZING weight losses by some of my co-workers on other teams, so it was a tough crowd in the competition.

Onward to the last 4 weeks of my training, and injuries STAY AWAY!!!!