We all won yesterday (Saturday). If you came out and ran, whether you had a great run or a lousy run, like me, then you won in my book.
Wow, 18 miles in the history book. Only a 20 miler and a 22 miler to go before the big event. Hang in there everyone training for the Tulsa Run, Route 66 or whatever event you are training for.
My run didn't go as well as I had hoped but maybe that means my next long run will be better. I thought I had slowed my pace but apparently not enough as evidenced by Kathy's clock and by the way I started to feel. By the time I returned from the second 6 mile loop my back and legs started stiffening and tightening. My stomach was churning and my feet were getting sore and tired. I had one more 6 mile loop to conquer when the mind games started - you can't finish the third loop, you will never run a marathon, you feel too terrible, where's the restroom (glad I found it in time), where's Ed? But I didn't listen to those voices in my head, so I took off on that third loop. I'll admit I slowed to a walk several times on this third loop. It took over an hour and a half but I got it done. I was glad to see some of the other runners and Coach Kathy had stuck around to see the last of us come in and give us encouragement. She stressed that it didn't matter how fast you think you should be going but the time on your feet is what counts. It was a learning experience.
I didn't have my usual running partner Ed with me this time so had to put in all those lonely miles with my shadow. Ed is in L.A. (Lower Alabama) on business. I hope he is getting some running done.
Paparazzo Ken was missing in action also. He was off fighting his own battle, A 50k run in Kansas. He called me Saturday evening checking on my days run and to give me encouragement. Thanks Ken for the call. Keep an eye out on the Trail Zombie blog for his race report.
to know what that is) went and helped run an aid station at the
Turkey & Tatur trail race.
The weather was awesome and there were many great runners out. I wonder how they must feel after running 10k, 25k and 50k distances on the trails. Hope everyone is recovering.
Monday took a one day vacation. Susan and I went and visited our daughter at her work and then went and tried a place for lunch recommended by Ed, Uncle Vinnys. We got a Stromboli and a large pizza. Um, um good. Got leftovers for tomorrow.
Susan and I met Michael on the west side at Turkey Mountain and got in 4 miles. Took it fairly easy and it felt good except now I need to ice my knees. Noticed on the way home that Ken and Brian were out on the trails cleaning up after the race. Great dedication guys.
Susan says to tell Ed that even though Uncle Vinnys is great food it is not wise to eat there just a few hours before running. I had no problems.
We apologize Dave. Even though your course had some hills slave driver Kathy has you beat. In some weird way though everyone seemed to not mind the hills this time around.
Was looking forward to what I thought would be an easy 7 miles after doing 14 last week. We ended up going 9. It turned out to be relatively easy considering the hills. I don't know what made it seem easy. Was it the cooler, rainy weather? Was it because I am getting stronger? Was it because I ran alone (Ed overslept) and I wasn't trying to keep up with anyone? Or could it have been the Casa Bonita food I ate the night before, magically fueling me somehow? Maybe a combination of all of the above. By the way, I do not recommend Mexican food the night before a long run and Chili dogs do not work well the day of any run unless you want the runs.
My average pace remained under 13 minutes. If I can keep that up I will beat my estimated time of 6 hours for the marathon.
Coach Kathy promises a nice flat course for next weeks 16 miler.
How to dry your wet running shoes: Stuff them with wadded up newspaper and set aside til dry
Got any pains? Here is a couple of recipes for reusable ice packs:
3 cups water 1 cup rubbing alcohol place in one gallon Ziploc freezer bag shake to mix remove excess air double bag for leak tightness freeze 2-3 hours
For smaller size use:
quart-size freezer bag one-half cup rubbing alcohol and one cup of water
Can't wait to see what happens when it gets even cooler.
I think a challenge from Ed helped me out some also. We went out together for the first 2.5 miles. He decided 6 miles was in his feet whereas I like to stick to the schedule so was running 5. He said he would kick it up a notch and try and catch up with me. He did make gains because he made it back to the store not long after me but he never caught up. Great job Ed but I will pat myself on the back also.
My toes hurt!
Thanks Lisa Butler for speaking and RunnersWorld for hosting the Trigger Point Massage & Relief for Plantar Fasciitis seminar.
Monday went out with Michael on the west bank and got in 4 miles. Got another 4 miles Tuesday with the RunnersWorld group. Thursday evening started out with the RunnersWorld group and as usual started out too fast and struggled for 6 miles with Ed. Ed was kind enough to hang back with me. Thanks Ed.
Saturday ran (mostly ran) 14 miles, again with Ed. That's the most mileage for both of us. We started with Deon but I guess our pace was just a little slow for him so he inched ahead and was soon out of site with his cousin Crystal. He and Team Bean were about a half mile ahead of us at the last turnaround. We had Rachael, Linda and Jennifer in our sites for much of the run, but eventually they got out of our site also. The first 3 miles felt strong. Every time I looked at my Garmin, our pace was between 12-13 min/mile. Sometimes a little faster and sometimes a little slower.
Some points along the way I felt nauseous.
When we got done I was drained of energy and really tired. Didn't really hurt, just plain tired.
Did anyone else's feet feel like this?
This is not my foot but my feet felt about like this.
That's 28 miles for the week. Not 50, 80, 100 or more like some of our fellow runner's, but hey, we are climbing up that mileage hill.
Charlotte, can't wait for your "Psychology and Running" talk. I'm needing it about now, as I am wondering what the heck I'm doing thinking I can run a marathon.
Psychology and Running..... What goes on between your ears when you run? Charlotte Lindley, with Lifestyle Fitness will be in RunnersWorld, Thursday, September 18th at 7:00pm to talk about the mind games we play when we run and how to eliminate the negative self debilitating chatter.