Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Miles are getting longer

First off let me just say that my 11 miler kicked my tail.  I knew it was going to be hot Sunday so I planned to run early that morning, but getting Bre out of bed was a chore and we didn't get started until almost 10:00.  By then the sun was beaming and it was already creeping into the upper 80s.  We both took two bottles of water, Swedish fish, and some gu.  I also had a bottle with herbalife liftoff and hydrate.  If you haven't tried them, they are wonderful. 

The first three miles were a breeze.  We had a little cloud cover still.  By the time we hit mile 6 it was smoking hot!  At mile 6 I got my gu out and drank it hoping to get a little energy back.  It was delicious. :)  It was the salted caramel flavor, and tasted like a big caramel chew.  yummy!  I will say it did help a little, but the sun and heat was just making it a miserable run.  Not to mention we were at the track and 44 laps around a track is pretty boring.  I honestly was beginning to think I wasn't going to make it!  I finally hit mile 9 and knew at that point that I had it in the bag.  I had just enough water left to get me through, and I picked up the pace and finished strong.  11 miler in the bag! 

I got home, sat in the bath with a glass of chocolate milk while the cold water filled up.  Then Jolea came in and dumped the entire bucket of ice into the water.  A 10 minute ice bath was just what the aching legs needed.  I was a little stiff the rest of the day, but woke up Monday morning with just a little soreness in my calves. 

This Sunday we have a 12 miler.  I think we may head to the bay for this one.  Bre and I both bought a camelpak so water won't be an issue now.  I'm not quite sure how I'll like having it ride on my back but the water is a must! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Training week 4

I'm now into week 4 of marathon training!  My first half marathon is less than a month away.  The training is starting to get pretty intense at this point.  At the end of this week I will have run 29 miles, and that increases every week.  At one point I would've been thrilled to have run that many miles in a month!  I used to think 3 miles was a long run, now I'm thrilled to see that it's only a 3 mile run on my training schedule!

Some days are good runs and some are bad.  I've had to up the calories again.  I've been having some really tired, achy legs lately, and I'm hoping better fuel will help with that.  I also invested in a pair of procompression socks not only to wear during my runs but also after for the recovery.  My next thing to try is the ice bath!  I've heard it really helps with the soreness. 

The training program I am doing has us running a decently long run the day before the actual long run.  For instance, this week I have a 6 miler on Saturday and then an 11 miler on Sunday.  It's training me to run on tired legs, and boy are they tired. 

Bre is doing great too!  I'm glad to have her by my side on those long runs.  She only runs the weekend runs with me.  She gets in a good workout in basketball practice and tumbling during the week.  Below is a photo of our last long run we did by the bay.  It was an awesome place to run, and we loved it!  We ran the entire 9 miles without stopping, and no water breaks which wasn't too smart.  I'm not a fan of running with water bottles or backpacks of water, but it's coming to that.

Thanks for all the encouragement as I strive to make this dream come true!  I see many more races in my future especially those at Disney World! 

Still my most favorite part of the day is being home with my sweet Luci!  I wouldn't trade it for the world!  I can't get enough of her sweet smiles!

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