Slackers

So the marathon is in 4 days.  And I don’t want to run it.  Taper always sucks the motivation out of me.  Doesn’t help that the weather will be less than ideal.  It is hot and humid and it’s supposed to stick around through the weekend.

Since I haven’t registered yet, I have many options. Run the marathon but don’t care about time.   Just run the half.  Wait and do the next closest marathon which isn’t for 3 more weeks (need at least one more long run then).  Or don’t run either the half or full.  I don’t want to feel like I wasted my training though.  There are a plethora of 5ks but marathon training doesn’t exactly equal a fast 5k time.  I have even considered running an ultra soon instead but I don’t want to make travel plans and deal with logistics.

I’m waiting it out for now.  I can still register at packet pickup on Saturday.  But I work Saturday and wouldn’t get there until right at the 5 p.m. cutoff.  Hopefully I will have made a decision by Friday.

 

eat my jorts

My last long run before the marathon was on Sunday.  It was lower 80s but with a nice breeze and not a ton of humidity, so I started the run around 6 p.m.  I started on the treadmill with 3.25 miles.  Then I headed out and did a long loop up north to the next town and back.  It was over 8 miles and I was averaging about 8:09.  I hopped back on the treadmill for 2.25 miles.  It was dark out by this point, so I went outside and ran a loop of about 5 miles.  This loop I averaged like 8:40s.  it didn’t feel that slow though?  I didn’t really need much fuel because I ate dinner around 5, so I had only had one squeezie and a salt chew.  I am trying those out.  I did feel some stomach distress but I’m hoping it wasn’t from that.  I finished the last mile on the treadmill which I had set at 8:24 miles.

I definitely did not hit a wall but my legs did not feel great.  I was wearing compression sleeves on my calves, wish I had some for my hamstrings because that is where I am always tight.  I don’t think I want to wear calf sleeves or compression socks during the race because they make me feel really hot.  My lower back has been terrible lately as well but I have been stretching and got it worked out a little bit.  I need to see my chiro soon.  Still haven’t registered for the race.  Hopefully the temps will be cool but there is always my back up race in mid-October.

I’ve been trying to buy a new (used) car but that whole process is a real pain in my ass.  I just do not like sales people at all.  The last dealer I went to had a car a really wanted and was in my price range.  But then they only offered me 2500 trade-in and tried to get me to finance 19k by adding in all these packages.  It was ridic.  I’m so over it.

Red seems to be doing well at school. She gets tired near the end of the week but it doesn’t make her sleep any longer.  ha.  She’s been having fun at soccer practice too.  Her first game is Saturday.  Then we have her birthday party.  It’s just for her friends and 2 cousins, so it would be 10 kids max.  I hope it’s not too crazy because I am not really into socializing with kids or their parents.  I just want Red to have some fun.

 

 

miss bindergarten

Did my second 20 miler of the cycle last night.  Temps were in the 70s all day and the humidity seems to have dissipated for now, so it was fairly nice out.  Still a bit hot for my preferences, but I will take it.

I started on the treadmill at 5:30.  I watched an entire episode of Superstore which was 3.5 miles.  Then I headed out and decided to stick to new routes for the day.  My first outdoor loop was 4.5 miles. My legs felt kind of achy and i have been dealing with a stiff lower back so it didn’t feel great. I came back in to watch some Real Housewives and ran 2.5.  Headed back out and ran 4 miles.  Came back inside and ran 2 miles.  Went back outside and the sun was almost down, so it gave me a boost and I felt really good, but i was running pretty dang slow in the 8:30s.  I ran about 3 miles then came inside to finish up on the treadmill.  Ran a total of 20.2 miles.  My average pace was probably 8:20s.  I had another one of those “Oh God how am I going to run that plus 6 more miles on race day at a faster pace?!” moments.

I finished my run around 8:30, took a bath and then settled down to watch TV with the kids before bedtime.  I usually have a hard time settling down after a long run, so I took a Benadryl and fell asleep around 11.  Slept in today until 7.  That felt good.

Tomorrow is my little Red’s first day of Kindergarten.  I don’t feel terribly sentimental, probably because she has pretty much been going to a school her whole life.  I am worried that she is going to pick up a diva attitude from other girls at school.  That is probably inevitable.  Because of her late September birthday, I still have 4 more years until E starts Kindergarten.

waiting

The two week wait.

Twenty miles tomorrow.  I get to sleep in and still get out for 3 hours of running. woooo!  Temp should be mild, so I’m stoked about that.  Then I will only have one long run left.  I have been trying to run more miles at faster paces.  I dread it a bit though.  My lower back has been giving me real fits lately.  Lots of tightness.  I hope to stretch it out and be nice and loose for the race in just 5 weeks.  ahhhhhh

onward and downward

Another disappointing race.  Gahhh.

The 7 miler was Saturday.  The weather was really nice.  Lower 70s and humid but it was cloudy and grey.  The weather didn’t bother me, I don’t think.  The whole first half of the race was good for me.  I felt good, I felt a little slow but figured that I could make it up the 2nd half.  The first mile was up the hill and in the sardine can, so it was 7:20 or so.  Some years this first mile has been above 8, but this year I started further up in the corral.  The second mile was probably around 645.  Third mile is a little hilly but I managed to cross in like 21:10, so I figured I was right on for a 7 min mile race.  The half way point I was 24:45 I think?  So I made my goal to finish in under 50.

Shortly after the turnaround I felt horrible.  I got nauseous and even a little dizzy. From there it was all downhill.  I thought about stopping to walk several times.  I was well fueld and hydrated so it wasn’t that.  I think the humidity got to me? I googled some stuff and read about how the humidity diverts blood flow to your skin so if you have a lot in your stomach- especially protein- it can make you nauseous.  So maybe it was that?  Ugh so annoying.  I struggled and felt a little better after the 5th mile but didn’t have much in me.  My stomach was still crampy.  The final downhill I was fighting it and should have been letting myself go. The final sprint I still had a rock in my belly.  Finished in 50:46 which is just 4 seconds last year when I did  almost no speed work.

The rest of the day I just tried not to think about the race because I was so disappointed.  Maybe I am just too old to be racing?  Maybe marathon training is too much for me?  Anyways, I am trying to have a better attitude and look forward to the next race but I will worry about eating the right thing and resting and so on.  Not sure what the next race will be.  Still haven’t registered for the marathon yet either.  I have my first 20 miler later this week.  Yikes.