Monthly Archives: August 2016

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.