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?

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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!!!!

Can I even do this?

I don’t want to blog about it, I don’t want to even talk about it. That sucked. Really, this whole week sucked. 7 miles defeated me, I defeated myself. I’ve got a handful of excuses, but excuses aren’t ok.

My goal to not miss a run went out the window on Tuesday. Guess what, it went out the window every day this week. My daughter plays softball, a lot if softball and it’s near the end of the season. That means all-stars and travel are squeezing all they can into the last few weeks. Add that to running 3 businesses and well I’m busy. I’m questioning if I’m too busy to even try to do this. We literally had something every night last week. One night we had 3 softball games in 2 locations about 40 min apart.

I had high hopes for today’s 7 miles. I wore my running gear to the 1st softball game and planned to run between games. I had it mapped out.

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I headed out and felt great the 1st 1.25 miles. I was excited this is what my 7 miles would look like.

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Solitude. Alone. Time with just my thoughts. Peace. Quiet. Boy was I wrong. This was one of the few moments cars weren’t whipping past me.

Then, the 74 breezy degrees that I thought would be a comfortable weren’t. The sun beating down on me kept me from cooling off even with the breeze. At one point I hoped for spontaneous rain, a sprinkler, a creek, any source of water my body could get in. I found this, but a fence surrounded it and I probably would have gotten malaria or something crazy.

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I even thought about asking this woman for a ride the rest of the way.

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My ITB hurt. I ran out of kt tape last weekend and my order didn’t come. I needed it.

Can I even do this? It sucks having 2 bad weeks in a row. I really hope next week is better. That’s my only goal, a better week.

Week 1 and I’m doubting myself

Week 1 of Hal Higdon’s novice marathon training plan is done. Let me tell you, it kinda sucked. I didn’t get my 3 miles in on Wednesday or Thursday. I hoped the extra rest would help with my long run this weekend, but it didn’t.

I got the long run, 6, in over the weekend. It was rough and was a run/walk combo, but I’m ok with the time I made. I knew it was going to be a challenge when I pulled the plug on my entertainment fairly early in my run because it was bothering me. Sometimes, usually when I’m pushing myself, music and podcasts are too much stimulus when I’m running.

The high five, during my long run, from the random stranger passing by was much appreciated, and helpful. It’s not the 1st time I’ve gotten encouragement from a passerby, but it reminded me how nice it is, how helpful it is, and that I was going to pass it on.

I know I can do this, I can finish a marathon, I will finish a marathon. During my long run I had to fight the mental battle, and encourage myself. The 1st half was the hardest. I had to really fight that voice that said to call for a ride because I couldn’t do it. I didn’t let that voice win, and the feeling of accomplishment came from beating that voice as much as from completing the run. Distance running is as much mental training as it is physical. My mind can easily get the best of me, but I’m determined it won’t.

Goals for the week: get ALL my runs in; get to the chiropractor for an adjustment; watch my food intake especially before my long run(JalapeƱo chips before the long run caused some heartburn. Oops!); and give encouragement to runners I see while running.

Week 3, the end of pre-training, done

It’s about to get even more real! Yesterday was the last pre-training run, my 18 week marathon training plan is starting.

3, 3, 3, 5

I was very pleased with my 3 3 mile runs. They were all fairly easy and I had great times. The only down was having to do them on a treadmill because of the heat.

I wasn’t looking forward to 5 miles on the treadmill and had to squeeze them into an already busy weekend. Running 3 businesses, having a daughter that plays travel softball as well as for a rec team, another young kiddo, life in general, and summer weather means I need to get runs in when I can and waiting thinking I’ll have time later often backfires. When I had time it was pouring so I hesitantly headed to the gym. Got there thinking I had just enough time to get it in before they closed and the deadline would push me to not slow down. I was wrong about closing time and they were closing in 15 minutes. So, running outside was the only option. The rain had stopped so I picked a local park with a path to run, and headed out. I didn’t realize how many hills there were. I’ve driven around this area a lot, you don’t notice those hills when your in the car. I was disappointed I had to do some walking even before I hit 3 miles, I can run that easily, but I still covered 5 miles, and still made good time. The hello and high 5 from friends as I passed Mrs Curls was a nice boost. The rain held off until about mile 3 and then it was a nice, light, refreshing rain. I even sat down to stretch an contemplated napping right there because the rain felt so good.

During my post 5 mile cold, and slightly icy ice bath I started thinking about how the run really wasn’t that bad. I didn’t hit a point where I have to force myself to keep going and I felt like I could have gone further if I had to. I was feeling pretty confident until the thought crept in that I’d have to do that same run over 5 times to log a marathon. While the 5 felt good and I could have gone further I couldn’t have done it 4 more times. I have to keep in the moment, not look ahead to the 20 mile run or really even the 26 mile race because I start doubting myself. I have to remember I have 18 weeks that build on each other and that will get me where I need to be by 11/2. The excitement of finishing a week and being able to do it pushes me to the next week.

On tap for this week are 3, 3, 3, 6.

My 3 mile runs didn’t result in any discomfort during or after, but my itb felt a little off during the 5. I’ve been bad about getting adjusted this past week and I think that was part of it. My chiropractor, Dr Kristen Hartwell, is on vacation so I’ll have to wait until next week, but I’ll use KT Tape for my long run and possibly the last two 3 milers.

Big decisions week

I did it, this week I decided to stop just thinking about a marathon and I started training for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November. Hoping Hal’s 18 week plan is the right one. I have a few extra weeks and I’m thankful for that. I’ve been running every other day and the plan has me running back to back days. I’ve done it, that’s how the plan was when I did the mini, but getting back into that is hard. I knew it would be. The 1st week’s long run goes straight to 6 weeks, but I’m going to take the extra weeks to work up to that. So, this weekend will be 3 or 4 miles.

On top of the marathon decision I registered for runDisney’s Glass Slipper Challenge, 10k with the Princess Half Marathon the next day. I get to do this with a good friend and I’m really excited. We are both in similar places with our running. I’ve been an on and off runner for years. I started with 5k races about 10 years ago. Stopped and started again due to foot surgery, a baby, and honestly laziness. Then, did a couple of 1/2 marathons in 2011. Surgery and laziness struck again, but I’m back at it and I’m determined to not let the laziness get me again.

I’m excited, but nervous about my goals. I know I can achieve them, but I know it will take hard work, determination, and some pain. Follow me, and check back as I blog about training, races, and life.