Monday, August 13, 2012

Week Nine RUNdown

Week nine of marathon training was sure a mixed bag of running for me. Let's do a quick recap.

Saturday - L.L. Bean 10K (recap here)

Sunday - treadmill 5K (sweated all the beer out from the night before consumed at Ian's 20th high school reunion)

And because I apparently didn't sweat the day before.

Monday - 1500m run from the ferry to the cottage on Long Island because there was no room on the golf cart)

Tuesday - rest

Wednesday - sprints on the track (800, 400, 200, 100)
This was a fun one. While track workouts are a weekly occurrence, I don't run all out. This was a part of the Virtual Games at Run with Jess, as was every run this week. (Of course, my printer ran out of ink so I couldn't print out the scorecard, take a picture of me with it, and enter the giveaway, but it was fun to do anyway.)

Thursday - rest

Friday - 4 miles
Most successful road run in a while. Each mile got progressively faster (9:20, 8:51, 8:40, 8:26). Great run!

Saturday - rest

Sunday - 22 miles with Jen
The hardest run I've ever done. It was the furthest I've ever gone and the worst I've ever felt. The first 18 miles were great. Not easy in close to 100% humidity, but we were cruising right along. Then when we got to 18 miles, my body started shutting down. I ran out of water in my Camelbak and could not catch my breath. So we walked. My neck was aching and my head felt so heavy. My legs were cramping and it felt better to run, but I was gasping for breath. And we walked some more. And walked and walked. I wanted to just curl up on the side of the road. I might have if I was alone, but Jen helped me keep going. I started feeling a little light-headed and stopped a couple of times. We were so close to being done but it took so much effort to keep moving. Jen made a mention of making me an egg sandwich when we got back and while I love eggs, sometimes just the thought of them make me gag. That put me over the edge and I was sick. Lovely. I was grateful for it actually, because as soon as that episode was over, I felt great. Like night and day. For the run, we still managed just over 11-minute miles even with close to four miles of walking. It was also the first time I've ever run/walked for over four hours. Seriously, we runners are crazy. I was glad to be done with that one and I've already put that run behind me and am looking forward to the next one. I surely I can not wait for the fall and cooler weather. I hate humidity. It really, really sucks, but I will not quit.

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  1. Great job on the 22 miler. You are right, we runners are crazy! But in a good way. ;)

  2. You are AMAZING! So happy to have you as a running partner!!! & remember all of those times you supported me with my belly issues and had to wait for me!!!??? So happy you feel better!

    1. Oh, so much better. The problem was going to work later and I wanted to eat everything in sight!

  3. Congrats to you and Jen on such a long run!!! I don't know how you ladies do it?? My long run this week was 8 miles and took every ounce of my energy. I think you are amazing!!! very inspiring.

    1. This time last year, eight miles was further than I had ever run. I've been building up to this distance pretty much since last October. It is amazing how your body learns to adapt...I never imagined mine would/could. Oh, and still working on it (obviously, from how this 22-miler went!) :-)

    2. Hopefully a year from now I'll be right up there with you in the mileage department.
      You are doing the Maine Marathon, right? Maybe I'll see you there, that will be my first Half! so excited.

  4. I'm gonna bet that will be your worst run of this cycle, which means you have no where to go but up! The temps are cooling and that will make a big difference. Glad you had Jen to help you through it!


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