Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Can anyone please explain to me what the heck is going on with my appetite these days?? I'm either wanting to eat everything in sight or I am having to force down food. And when it happens make no sense at all. Last Saturday when I did 14 miles, I didn't even want to eat at all until maybe 4 hours after I had returned home. Even then, it wasn't much. I asked for a second helping of rotisserie chicken which surprised my husband. But that was it!! Sunday wasn't any better.

Now fast forward to today: a cross-training day, so I swam for 40 minutes. Easy workout. And I have been so hungry all day long. I ate a regular lunch and it didn't even touch my hunger!

Is this a side effect of marathon training? What do I do about it?!?!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Yesterday, August 29th, was the 3rd anniversary of a very important date in my running career: the date that my friend Jan first mentioned running to me! It was 2008, and she wanted me to run the Princess Half Marathon at Disney in 2010. It's hard to believe it was that long ago - but at the same time, it's hard to believe that that first half marathon was only last year. It really seems as if I've been running FOREVER! LOL

I usually count October 21st, 2008 as my true "Runniversary", though, because that's the date I really started running regularly. If you'll remember, I ran for the first time on August 30th - and the second time on September 1st, and then promptly injured myself and was out for the next 6 weeks! Say it with me, friends: GET GOOD SHOES!!! LOL

So, I guess that my true "Runniversary" would be today - the first day I ever ran in my life! :D

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Marathon Training Recap: Week 11

I guess I'm going to be breaking a lot of personal records over the next 10 weeks - this week I hit a personal high distance and a personal record number of miles run during a single week!

Monday - 45 minute run
Tuesday - 40 minute run
Wednesday - 800 yard swim, 20 minute bike ride
Thursday - 45 minute run, form drills
Friday - rest day
Saturday - 14.29 mile run (7/1 intervals)
Sunday - rest day

My total running mileage for this week was 26.56 miles!! I also biked 4.5 miles and swam nearly a half mile. My long run on Saturday of 14 miles was the longest distance I have ever run!

I was a little bit nervous about the 14 mile run. Even though I have run 13.1 miles before (and according to my Garmin, more like 13.25 miles LOL) it has been a long time since I've done so. And I have never run so far when it's so hot. But everything went really well. I didn't take anything but Sport Beans and water with me (and some Gatorade because I was unsure whether or not I had enough Beans. I tried to keep our pace nice and slow, but ended up going further than I wanted to a few times. I will have to really watch that on the next long run (16 miles) so that I am able to comfortably make those last couple of miles. This time on the last mile I was starting to feel a little tingly. LOL

The blister I was battling last week has resolved itself. The fluid under the skin went away, just leaving the skin of the blister. The skin hardened up, and I haven't had any trouble with it since. I am still covering the area with Body Glide just in case! I don't care to push my luck!

Overall, I'm not nearly as sore as I was expecting to be today. Yesterday I took a cold shower after my run, like I usually do, and then wore my compression socks. I think that must really help. I'm so cold-natured that I'm not sure an ice bath is necessary - the cold shower really does a good job! I was stiff when I woke this morning, but some stretching helped with that. I'm a little stiff now, but not too bad. I have to run in the morning, so I hope that I won't be terribly sore then! :)

I have a couple of races coming up but I'm not really treating them as races, per se. I will just run them to have fun and not for time, so I don't end up hurting myself. In fact, the one 5K race will take place in the middle of my 16 mile run. It is taking place at the park where we do our long runs so we'll be there anyway, and it benefits Operation Soldier Support which is a good charity. So we figured we would run a bit, then run the 5K, then finish out our 16 miles! LOL

My other thing to be thinking about is how to handle my training runs during my upcoming vacation to Disney. I know I will be tired from walking around at the parks (not to mention driving there and back), so I'm thinking of just running 2 days during the week instead of 3 days. I'm sure it won't matter to miss one training run in the grand scheme of things, especially since I will be getting plenty of walking in. But I am a box-checker and that's sort of hard for me!

The Marine Corps Marathon is only 9 weeks away!! Can't believe it!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Marathon Training Recap: Week 10

It's the halfway point!!!!!

Can you believe marathon training is half over already?? I sure can't! It seems to be going by very quickly! This week was a cut-back week, and this is what it looked like:

Monday - 45 minute run (5/1 interval)
Tuesday - 40 minute run
Wednesday - 40 minute bike ride
Thursday - 45 minute run, form drills
Friday - rest day
Saturday - 6 mile run
Sunday - rest day

It was a good week for training. The mornings were cool during the week, and it felt invigorating to get out there. The mileage didn't feel overwhelming and I decided to try running without the intervals a couple of days, mostly to prove to myself that I still could.

My spirits were much better this week, and I haven't been so discouraged (even though my minutes per mile have been slower than I'd like, I understand that for me it's just how my body works when I'm adding mileage). In fact, this is probably the first week in over a month that I have actually thought "I can do this!"

I still have the monster blister on my pinky toe. It doesn't hurt - not at all. But it is truly enormous! I'd post a picture but I'm afraid that would gross everyone out. It's at least as large as my actual toe! LOL I've just been doing plenty of Body Glide on it, and that seems to be working to keep it from hurting or getting larger. It just looks awful - and it's so strange. Can't decide whether or not to drain it. Since it's not hurting, I am afraid to mess with it.

Well, that's about it... will try to get some more posting done this week besides just the weekly recap! I'm never going to get folks to want to sponsor me in races if I don't get to posting more frequently, am I? LOL

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Marathon Training Recap: Week 9

This week's training went infinitely better! It was such a relief as I truly thought I wasn't going to be able to complete the training. I had one heck of a virus, and I'm thinking it might have been some sort of flu since a friend's husband was having similar symptoms and he was diagnosed with flu.

Monday - 44 minute run (5/1 interval)
Tuesday - 40 minute run (5/1 interval)
Wednesday - 30 minute swim
Thursday - 48 minute run (5/1 interval), form drills
Friday - rest day
Saturday - 12 mile run (7/1 interval)
Sunday - rest day

Since last week I coming off of being sick and I had missed a day of running and a day of cross-training, I guarded my pace and did intervals all week long. I have to admit that it was a little discouraging to see those really slow times, but I kept my eye fixed on the goal - making it to Saturday's long run without being injured or overly exhausted from adding so many miles. And I was successful in reaching that goal! I came into this morning's 12 miles eager to tackle the distance and ready to try a couple of new things to help with my dehydration problems.

The main thing I did was to eat and drink more this morning. I got up 15 minutes early and drank 8 ounces of gatorade and 8 ounces of water along with a half of a bagel with peanut butter. This was a good thing! I went to the bathroom right before we hit the trail, and then by the time we got back around (2.2 miles), I had to go again! ROFL But the good news is that I had no tingly sensation in the last part of the run! I guess I just need to get up even earlier to allow my body a few more times to pee! Thankfully my BFF/running partner is a mom as well, so she understands these things! LOL

One bad thing that happened was I got a huge blister on my right pinky toe. I had felt one coming on last week but thought it was a fluke. My feet have "fred flinstone" toes, meaning that they are all the same size, so it's hard for me with shoes. My pinky toes get smushed into the toe next to it. They have mostly calloused over by now, but for some reason today it was in a different position or something, and it developed a whopper of a blister. I am hoping I don't have to drain it tomorrow. I really hope it callouses up, but I will remember the Body Glide on my long runs from now on.

I didn't feel like I needed any extra nutrition aside from the Sport Beans. I have been thinking about trying pretzels and I may do that next week during the cut-back. I don't want to try something new when I have big miles ahead of me, just in case.

I need to order some more Sport Beans and a new thing of Body Glide. It's amazing how fast all this stuff gets used up when you start to get the miles going. I ran a total of 23.95 miles this week - that's a record for me!

The next time I do a weekly recap I'll be halfway through marathon training! WOW!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Marathon Training Recap: Week 8

Last Sunday I was feeling really nervous about the marathon. I had had a rough week of training, and I was feeling very down in the dumps. I whined to my BFF and told her that I was going to have to back out of a race the week before the marathon, even though I had planned to take it easy. Then later that afternoon I was whining again to my friend A (who I paced for 2011 Princess, her first half marathon), and telling her how I was a training wimp. She kept telling me that the symptoms I was describing sounded less like a result of training or electrolyte imbalance and more like I was fighting off a virus. After the third time she made that comment, I decided to get out the thermometer. 101.4. Well, there was my answer. I gave in to the fact that I was actually sick and not just a wuss, and I went to sleep. The rest of the week's training (the training that I did because I skipped a lot in the name of recovery) was pretty hard, but finally yesterday I had a better run.

Here is what this week looked like:
Monday - rest (sick, skipped my run)
Tuesday - run 40 minutes
Wednesday - rest (skipped cross training)
Thursday - run 44 minutes, plus form drills
Friday - rest
Saturday - 10 mile run, 7/1 intervals
Sunday - rest

When I woke up on Monday, my fever had broken but I was feeling very, very weak. I had decided ahead of time that I wouldn't be running on Monday. Tuesday's run was difficult, and Tuesday night I coughed a lot so I decided that I would go ahead and rest again on Wednesday. Wednesday was our first day of school, plus my daughter had dance company rehearsal and my son had a really big gig, so I decided that I needed to sleep in a little bit. It was really hard to do that, though, because it would be the last time I'd be able to lap swim at my aquatic center until at least September (the pool is being refurbished).

Thursday's run was a little bit better, and the form drills went pretty good. My biggest struggle right now is with the dog that chases me. Even though I'm now carrying pepper spray, my heart just races like crazy anytime I get near the area where he usually is, and that makes me feel like I can't breathe. I am hoping that I will be able to get over that feeling fairly quickly.

I was really nervous about Saturday's long run. I hadn't run 10 miles since the first weekend in April (right before triathlon training began). I was scared and overwhelmed and upset with myself for signing up for all of these marathons (and Goofy!) before I'd even run one marathon. And it also hadn't helped that I joined this FB group that was supposed to be for "Marine Corps Marathon first timers" only to find out that the most prolific posters were extremely experienced marathoners. That wouldn't normally bother me, except these folks seemed more interested in bragging on their daily achievements (22 miles today at an 8:30 pace! @@) than encouraging those of us who posted that we were feeling overwhelmed and tired with running 22 miles in the WEEK. Finally, I decided that the group was giving me nothing but stress and I left it. I don't need to hang on to something that is making me MORE stressed out.

Saturday morning rolled around and the skies were overcast which was helpful. I woke up about 15 minutes early but ended up leaving late when I forgot exactly what time I need to meet my BFF at the park. @@ Then when I got to the park I realized I'd left my Bondi Band at home and didn't have a hat or anything. Thankfully, BFF had a spare Bondi in her running bag so that was one crisis averted. We decided to do the 7/1 interval again and we were off. I was determined to keep a slow pace, though I know it must drive my BFF insane because she's so much faster than I am! But I just don't have a choice. If I'm going to make it through this training, I'm going to have to guard my pace as I have in the past. It's frustrating... but I don't know what else to do. Thankfully we were able to get our 10 miles in and I felt like I had a little left in me at the end, which was my goal.

I am really nervous about this coming week's training because I lost 4 miles last week, plus cross-training, and I don't want to push too hard this week when I have to increase mileage again. I'm really, really wanting to come in to these marathons healthy. I wish I could say that I'm feeling more confident. I guess I am feeling more confident than I did last week, but only because I'm not feeling achy and sore like I was last weekend (as a result of that virus LOL). I really hope I can do this!