Sidelined

I’ve been sidelined. Not by an injury you would anticipate from a runner training for their first marathon I’ve been sidelined by a concussion and post concussion syndrome. I feel drunk. Not fun, having a great time with friends drunk, but hang on to stop the room from spinning drunk.

This is week 8, 1/2 marathon is the distance I’m supposed to run this weekend. I had hopes earlier this week I’d be able to, but the symptoms have lingered and I’m fairly certain it won’t happen. I haven’t given up hope on doing it Sunday, but being realistic and cautious. I have no idea how to adjust my schedule for this blip.

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Tips?

Energy

Let’s talk about food, energy and supplements on long runs. I struggle with this. I know I need to work on my food intake in the days before long runs as well as the day of. During my long runs I’ve used gu, sport beans, bloks, and honey. Bloks are out. I had to cut them into quarters because they were too big and chewy. Sport beans aren’t so bad, but are a touch to sweet and processed tasting. Honey, I had a bad race the time I used it. I had some weird things happen. I thought I was going to pass out, my vision was double, fuzzy, and going black. I felt anxious, and almost like I was drunk. Honestly, it probably wasn’t the honey and I should try it again, but it makes me nervous. I can’t remember how I felt about gu so I’ll try it again.

I’ve heard a little about ENERGYbits. I’d like to try them, but the price tag has held me back. Not too expensive if I knew I liked them, but a little much to give them a try. Anyone tried them? What’s your review?

What else have you tried? What world for you? What doesn’t work?

Treadmill: friend or foe

10 miles. I did a 10 mile run over the weekend! For some that is huge, others it’s just a normal run. For me, it’s pretty big. I know I can do 13 miles, I’ve done it before, but that was a few years ago and a few pounds lighter. I did a marathon relay in April, my leg was 7 miles, and it sucked. So, I thought with those factors and not having logged many miles over the past few weeks that the 10 miler would likely be a fail. It wasn’t though! I actually teared up, remember I’m a cry baby, during mile 9, when I looked at my mileage and saw 10.01, and again while stretching. It wasn’t because of pain, but joy and accomplishment. If I could have let the whole gym know I just ran 10 miles I would have.

Did you catch I said gym in that last sentence? I said it because I did those 10 miles on a treadmill. I’ve been asked why a few times. Unlike a lot of runners I know the treadmill is my friend and here are my reasons: I know where the bathroom is should the need arise; I know the bathroom is clean; I knew the temp wouldn’t climb too high while I was running; I can keep a steady pace; I don’t fear for my life; I don’t feel lame when I take a walk break; and if I get bored entertainment is easier and that can help me keep going. Here is what all that tells you about me. 1) Yes, I have bathroom issues. I need the to be clean and accessible. You know sometimes a runner has to go and being a mom and runner adds a whole new issue. 2) I have a small window of temps I like to run in. 3) I start out too fast and run out of steam. 4) Running on roads sometimes scares me. I wonder if people see runners or just don’t care. Most of the time people are courteous, slow down, and move over, but not always. I’d rather not die or injure myself by jumping out of the way. 5). I sometimes take walk breaks. Often I find it’s because my mind, not my body, told me I needed it. Don’t ask why walking makes me feel lame. 6) This one went out during the 10 miler. I did it all with just the gym music because I forgot my headphones. I thought I’d need a show, or movie, but I didn’t. I did text a few times and that was a helpful distraction. (The encouragement from A and L was great. Thanks, friends.) That gives me hope that the marathon won’t seem so boring. I’ll just be the runner texting.

How about you is the treadmill your friend or foe?

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See!!! I did it!!!!

So, about that change of plan…

It may have been the cool participant shirt, the iphone case, the cool t-shirt, or my inability to not do something I’ve said I’m doing that caused me to go ahead and register for the marathon. I hadn’t done it because after spending the money on GSC I just couldn’t bring myself to spending a little more yet. I knew I had time, but today it was on sale, cheapest it will be. So, it’s done. I AM doing a marathon. 11/2/13

I got this. (P.S. I will likely need many reminders about that over the next few weeks and especially in October.)

Changing plan, I guess

As you know from reading previous posts I’ve had a hard time getting runs in the past few weeks. It didn’t get better, this past weekend I was to do a 9 mile run and it didn’t happen. We were in Ohio for a huge softball tournament (World Series) and I had a birth. No way can I make up for the missed runs and not being able to get a long run in is a huge setback. I don’t want to do it, I’m bitter about having to do it, but I’m changing my plans. I’ll do Monumental as a 1/2, Glass Slipper Challenge (GSC) as planned, and then do my full in 2014. The positive is I can really work on adding more distance over time. With the 1/2 in November and GSC in February I’ll keep my weekend mileage higher. This will give me a leg up when I start marathon training again. Don’t leave though, I’ll still blog and all of these changes are still part of my journey to 26.2.

How do you handle the time commitment? I have a hard time honoring that I need my time, that I need something for me and making it a priority. In the past and a few times this season, I’ve ran to softball practice, but because of schedules that didn’t always work out. I’ve ran at 11pm, and still didn’t get them all in. Looking for ways to get it all done.

Something you should know about me…

…I’m a crybaby. Yes, I’m one of those girls that can cry at the slightest thing, even things you wouldn’t think would make a gal cry. Here’s how it’s running related: I cry thinking about the miles I’ll cover; I cry thinking about the moment I finish my 1st marathon; I cry thinking about my races in February at Disney; I cry thinking about the 1st time I run through the castle at Disney World; I cry taking off my KT tape (ok, not really); and I cried today because of something my SIL said and sent. SIL, I know you’ll read this, and you should know, along with everyone else, that knowing that made me cry. I know people read this because I can see the stats, but knowing someone reads this, follows me, and cares really means a lot. So, after I fight off the tears from finding out my blog is being read and I’m being encouraged because I had a couple of crappy running weeks I get a text with a picture. It was something like this:

Same saying, different image. KNOWING what I accomplised will be amazing, and thinking of that made me cry. It’s thoughts about things like how I will feel after I cross that finish line, that I will carry that memory for a lifetime that keep me going.

Thanks, SIL and everyone else, for all the encouragement.

P.S. Something else you should know about me is my grammar is awful, and I’m not much of a writer, but I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now. Good thing this is a running blog and not a grammar blog. Hopefully, you’ll look past all that and stick around because the best is yet to come.