Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Taking a Week Off

Ok, I haven’t posted in a while because this blog is mainly dedicated to my Chicago Marathon Training and well…frankly….running has turned into a chore as of late. So, I try not to think about running or obsess about how hard the training has gotten because it depresses me.

I really don’t want to quit, but I find that I just dread the runs now. This all happened shortly after the CDC Half Marathon. I think I ran it too fast which resulted in massive soreness the week following the race.

Additionally, since I am going to Vegas this Thursday and won’t return until late on Monday, I had to rework the schedule so I wouldn’t miss my long training run of 16 miles this Saturday. So, I decided to move up the 15 to the weekend after the ½ and I did 16 last weekend. Here is a recap of my running (or should I say cheating)…

Post CDC Runs

Week 9
Ran 3 miles post race…which killed.

Ran 7 miles.

Skipped a 4 miler because of a concert.

Ran 15 miles, which HURT.

Week 10
Skipped a 3 miler because of travel for work.

Attempted to run 7, but only ran 5 and walked 1.

Attempted to run 4, but only could muster 1.5.

Ran 16 (or shall I say 10 and then 6 on a treadmill about 20 minutes later).

Week 11 (this week)
Ran 8 and cried during it. I did this yesterday morning at 5:20 am. It was still dark out and I wanted to do 8 miles on Monday, followed by 4 on Tuesday, a 10 miler on Thursday, and then a 4 miler sometime in Vegas. After yesterday’s run during which several walk breaks/stretch breaks/and crying breaks were taken I decided that if I am going to keep up this training and not bow out of the Marathon I just need to give myself and my body and entire week off. Maybe this is a horrible idea in terms of the training plan, but ultimately if I don’t do this I won’t be running Chicago. The mental struggle and physical fatigue I feel during the runs this past few weeks have been no fun at all. It has made running a chore and I hate that. So, I’m taking a break.

I’m such a perfectionist and I feel like I am cheating myself by all the shortcuts on this training plan. I hope that this will end up helping me in the long run rather than hurting me. But I just think that after some time off my body and mind will be refreshed and ready to give the last 6 weeks hell. I’m going to try and do lots of stretching and some cross training this week, but all in all I’m going to rest and enjoy the small bit of fun that Vegas has in store for me.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I've Returned...

Yes, it finally has happened. I have found some time in my crazy life to post again. Things have been INSANELY crazy busy and something had to give for a while there...so sorry bloggers, this just took a backseat to life. The job required some intense travel and I have some crazy travel coming up this week and next...but you will all be happy to know that I have not given up on running!

Running has been the one thing that I have been religous with...I haven't missed ONE run. Not one single run. Last week I did one 2.5 miler instead of the 3...but all in all, I've stuck with Hal's plan and so far so good.

Let's recap the running adventures. I will only detail my long runs since the last post, because otherwise I'll bore everyone to death. First of all, remember the dreadful hot weather we were having? I did my 7 mile step back week on the treadmill because I didn't want to melt. But it got done nonetheless. The week before that I was shipped off to Texas to take care of some stuff for our clients.

Then the week after that was the 12 miler...I nearly wanted to die. That was my first attempt at such a distance and it was horrific. The first 6 miles were ok, but when I hit 8 I just had no gas left. I think it was due to the fact that I crammed all my runs that week into the end of the week to avoid the heat. So I did 3 on Weds, 6 on Thurs, 3 on Friday and then the 12 miler Saturday morning. So I was running on dead legs. All in all, the run went. I had to do some walking toward the end, which made me feel like a cheater and defeated...but I did it nonetheless.

Now, onto this weekend's CDC race...I did it. Nick and I both completed the 1/2 Marathon and I'm pretty darn proud of our results. Nick finished his first 1/2 marathon in 1 hour and 51 minutes. I think this is damn impressive considering he has never ran an organized race before. Yea, he may have done track in high school...but we are way older than high school now. Gosh, he is smart, hot and athletic...what a lucky gal I am!

So onto my race report. All in all, I'd have to say I'm proud. My goal was to finish under 2 hours and 10 minutes, which I did. My official time was 2 hours and 6 minutes. However, I am agitated because I think I could have finished under 2 hours. I had some SEVERE abdominal cramping issues which resulted in the need to stop at a porto between mile 8 and 9. I never in my life thought I'd ever fear that I would have an "oops I crapped my pants" incident...but let me tell you...this thought permeated my mind from about mile 5 through the point when I decided to stop to use the porto. I seriously wanted to cry because I had to stop. I was doing so great and then I just had no choice but to wait in a line to use a nasty ass porto-potty. I think this added about 5 minutes to my time and made me cranky.

Due to this nasty problem, I didn't crack open my sports beans until after the Potty break, which means that I didn't eat anything until about mile 9...which I know is way too late in the run. But around 45 minutes, my stomach was stirring a bit too much, so I knew that I needed to wait a bit.

The course was amazing, the race was amazing, I suppose my time was pretty amazing...but when I finished the first thing I thought of was....OH DEAR LORD...HOW IN THE HELL AM I EVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO A FULL MARATHON? I was exhausted and had an upset stomach. I had to immediately seek out another restroom once running ended. I guess I have what some call "runners trots"...which is nasty and wrong. But it hurts like hell. :(

I had to deal with it the remainder of the day and still felt icky when I finally got to sleep last night. If anyone has ANY suggestions about this dilemma please advise. I am going to try my best to post again frequently. Hopefully my work schedule doesn't take away from this.

Congrats to all of you who did the CDC....you are all awesome!

Have a great night all...I need to stretch tonight and rest....the legs are JUST a BIT sore!

About me

  • I'm Tara
  • From Chicago Suburbs, IL
  • Still feeling defeated by my injury that prevented me from running the Chicago Marathon this year, I've decided to refocus!The new focus of my life and this blog is to train and prepare for TWO half marathons next year. I'm also *DREAMING* about gearing up for a triathlons, but have no bike right now. :)
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