Did my last long run ha today. 5 miles. well it’s the longest I’ll run until I do the 26.2 again.
Its pretty hot and humid here, so I just took it as I could and it came out fine. I may have pushed it a bit more than I needed. I have gained 4 pounds and they seriously are adding to my time. But alas I will not be losing them.
about 45 minutes after the run I got a email from coach boy asking “Good morning How is everything” He NEVER emails me out of the blue, so he either saw my run…or he is bored.
I biked the tempo bike and foam rolled and stayed in the question of How everything is. Sent him an answer and am awaiting.
I am forgetting that this is really just a training run. REALLY.
and I am kind of dreading how on earth I’m gonna train in this heat for the Marathon in July.
did my tiny workout today…
starting to obsessively check the weather reports.
Last night I woke up after having a nightmare: I had been running a race, and been lost, and then was driving with some folks to some other racing event and we got into a wreck.
Not a nice dream, but I realized that I was indeed DREAMING. I have not been dreaming in months. Scientifically I know it probably isn’t true, but I think that it means I am actually getting better rest. This is good, I’ve been asked to soak up rest and try to really rest in the next 8 days.
Starting to feel recovered from the training sessions that had me feeling so beaten down. Love the taper. I do think though that I am starting to feel extremely optimistic about the upcoming event, and that I need to temper with the fact that my training cycle, while written out beautifully was not ideal, as I could not always complete everything. So…still looking forward to seeing special people and trying to run 26.2 but need to remember that it may be a fairly bad time outcome.
ran 4 tempo miles today…really didn’t push it that much, because I wanted to see how I could handle it. I’ve been so miserable. This run went fine. It started poorly, but within the first half mile I started to feel better and speed right on up til I was running a fairly brisk pace (for me…)
I had a feeling that this taper was a crash and burn but I am actually starting to feel taper effects. WHoo.
and a pretty drastic btu normal change in the weather. It’s Warm and humid now, so running times are going to naturally slow a bit…so my ten miler was slower than I expected. It may have also been the moment between mile 5-6 where I lost faith. I really am tired and I expected that the taper would give me more energy but it seems to not be working that way this time round. :(
Will continue to soldier on and regardless of what occurs in 2 weeks I will be again a marathoner. (Well, unless I decide to simply walk off the course, which is a possibility, and as usual has been encouraged by my coach if I feel bad, or hurt or what not.).
I do love that my coach is not a pressurer for a finish. He even said, if it looked as if I would be super disappointed in my time, I could quit. I just wish I could drop to the half.
Yesterday I dragged through the work day so tired that I was pretty unsure of what to do for a workout. I was also mad because I couldn’t seem to access the pool for a workout- either it was closed due to no life guard, or there were SO many people swimming that it would not have been a productive workout. Eventually I did Saturdays workout, which was a Cycle and run off the bike. I LOVE this type of workout, and it did prove to be fun. I did not think it would be, but it was. I slept well, and today I work feeling somewhat less tired than I have in a while. YAY! Now, to attempt the POOL once again.
Kind of a strange moment in training. Mostly I feel like a slug and don’t really want to do anything, but I have to keep doing something to keep the blood moving.
Cycled 50 mins yesterday. today I will hit the pool. Wishes the 2 weeks would be over.
This morning. I was so worried about it I almost apparently had a panic attack. never good.
It went well, very little pain or problems. SUrprised me!
Had my Massage today some taping of the wonky ankle and some foam rolling. I really don’t get why people think massage is so relaxing. I had to bite the towel the whole way through. Mona was excellent as always. After she taped me and i went home and foam rolled cause I said I’d do it every day in may.
Whew. My back and some parts of my legs feel 99% improved.
Time spent with the guy I pay to coach me. (and of course his wife.) He really is dialed in and has ways to motivate me and help me through this difficult time. I do feel better, and encouraged. AND…
I am now looking at this marathon not as any sort of declaration, but more as he put it, “A really expensive training run, supported, with 5000 of my new best buddies”
Hopefully I can get through it. Things are hurting today because I did a lot of new exercises last night. I really do want a few days off to refocus, but that will have to be in June…