My apologies for being a day late with this, but this weekend was just out of control. My long run didn’t happen until yesterday, and by the time I was done, there was so much other stuff to be done, I just didn’t have time to make it to this lil blog of mine. So, here I am with an update!
Monday – 3 mile walk with Rudy
I was so stiff and sore after my 20 miler last Monday that I set out for a walk with Rudy to move my legs a bit. We set out on the road, I had a podcast I was listening to, and it was a beautiful day out. On our way back, Rudy found a trail and I thought “Oh that could be fun”. I figured it would drop us out along the same area that we came from. Turns out I was wrong, and we ended up having to hike quite a ways back home.
Tuesday – Treadmill: 7 miles with 5 mile tempo
Tuesday morning I decided to hit the treadmill for my tempo run, rather than brave the cold outside. (I think having the treadmill has made me a bit of wimp! But oh well). I did a mile warm up, 5 miles at a 7:30 pace, and a mile cooldown.
It was not an easy run by any means, but I made it!
Wednesday – 6 miles, 8:11 avg
I went running in Sedona after work on Wednesday. It was hilly and I tried to run it easy, but my overall average ended up a lot faster than I was anticipating. It was a great run though. I felt awesome, the weather was gorgeous (a tank top and shorts! at 5pm!) and it was a very pleasant end to my day!
Thursday – 11 miles, 8:16 avg
I was up at 4:45 to get this run in before heading to work. It was uneventful. I tried my best to run in as many well-lit areas as I could. I actually felt really strong on this run and ran faster than I thought.
Friday – 4 easy, 8:42 pace
I put myself on the treadmill for a recovery run. I’m not the greatest at forcing a slower pace on myself, and after how dead my legs were for my 20 miler, I wanted to do everything I could to ensure my 22 miler was as good as possible. So, I set the pace at a comfortable, easy pace and zoned out for four miles.
Saturday – A bit of yoga, and abs
I had great intentions of getting up on Saturday to do a strength workout. But, when my alarm actually went off, I opted for an extra hour of sleep. When I got home from work that night, I did a bit of ab work and some yoga/stretching and rolling in preparation for the next day’s long run.
Sunday – Off
Something more important than my run came up on Sunday and the running didn’t happen.
Monday – 22 miles, 8:36 avg
Since I wasn’t able to run on Sunday, I set off for my 22 miles around 9 am yesterday morning. I started off and about 4.5 miles in, I ended up calling Jeff to see if he would bring me a hat to wear since the sun was blaring into my eyes. He caught up to me when I was about 6.5 miles in. I am so happy I called and he brought me the hat–it was a game changer!
I was feeling pretty good for my run. As I neared my turn around point, I started to get worried about my water supply. It was warmer out than I had anticipated and I only had about half of my water bottle left and I was so thirsty. Also, I had thrown in half a Nuun tablet, since I figured some electrolytes would be beneficial, but I think the sweetness and fizziness of it was detrimental. When I would take a sip, it didn’t feel like it was doing anything at all for my thirst.
Around mile 12 I started to feel really sick to my stomach. The kind of sickness that usually settles in around mile 22 of the marathon. I texted Jeff to let him know I wasn’t feeling well, but that I was going to try to push through it. I slowed down a considerable amount and tried to make it go away, but every sip of liquid I took made it worse. By mile 14 I was feeling lightheaded and so nauseous. I took a knee of the side of the road and called Jeff to come pick me up. I figured I’d get home and finish the run on the treadmill–where it was cooler and I had plain water to drink.
Jeff said he was on his way and I decided if I could squeeze some more miles out, it would be less time on the treadmill. I managed 2 before he caught up to me. I felt instantly better once I sat down. Once we got home, finishing on the treadmill was tough. Mentally, I wanted to be done, and physically I felt like crap. But, I pushed through it, knowing that I needed the mental toughness and finished the 22 miles.
This wasn’t how I wanted my training cycle to end. I’m in taper mode now and kind of disappointed that my last long run sucked so badly. I’m trying to remember that I got the miles in, and getting to the start line healthy on race day is what counts. A part of me is terrified though about the weather on race day. We’ve been having a warm streak–in the high 60s here in Flag, which means high 80s in Phoenix. That is warm. I’m just hoping that my body can handle it on race day.
Total Miles : 50
And with it the end of peak week! I’m ready to taper and get myself ready to run my heart out in 2 1/2 weeks.