Monday, August 15, 2016

What Do You Mean I Still Need To Run 8 More Miles?!!?!?

This past Friday I did my long run, 18 miles to be exact. I had been doing really good on my marathon training. I mean I was really sticking to my training plan and honestly was starting to feel like a much stronger runner. It was awesome to see my times get faster. It was giving me the motivation to keep up with all my weekly long runs. I was ready for this 18 miler. I got some good sleep the night before and I was mentally prepared for the run in the early morning...or so I thought!


San Diego has been having this heat wave with some unwanted humidity. I knew I had to wake up early in order to beat the heat so I started at 6am. It was overcast on Friday morning which you would think would be a great start right? Well even with it being overcast I was sticky as soon as I got out of the car. I can't even begin to tell you how much I hate humidity. I hate feeling sticky and don't get me started on what it does to my hair!

I ran at Mission Bay, which happens to be my favorite place to run around here. They have drinking fountains and bathrooms that are relatively clean. It was around mile 6 when I realized that I needed to drink more water. I was sweating like crazy and I was starting to feel really dehydrated. I knew if I didn't tackle this early on, the remainder of my run would suck. Mile 8 came quicker than I thought, but then it dawned on me that I needed 10 more miles, ugh! That's when the mental game started to take over. I was so tired, my legs felt heavy, and even with eating my GU gels I felt like there was no way I could finish. I started questioning why I even signed up for a marathon in the first place.


Even with all the negative thoughts in my head I still carried a pretty good pace. That was literally the only thing that carried me to the end. When I was done I was elated and overwhelmed with emotions. I was very proud of myself for sticking it through the end, but then I realized I still have 8 more miles to complete a marathon.  I am seriously going to have to better mentally prepare for my 20 miler this week. Physically I think I can handle it, but that damn mental game is killing me!


After my run I made an even worse mistake. I burned quite a bit of calories and somehow I was still calorie deficient after eating post run. My body felt it. I was weak and had absolutely no energy for the next two days following my run. I was to the point where the smell of food just made me nauseous. So not only was I calorie deficient but my body couldn't handle any food this past weekend. Most people would take it easy after a long run but I decided to paint my living room and be on my feet for longer than I should. That definitely was a contributing factor to why I felt like crap. So this coming week I am definitely taking it easy after my long run. Live and learn!

Marathon training is hard on the body. Not only does it physically drain you, but mentally it can be exhausting. I don't regret signing up for this race...yet. But I do know that this is a challenge I really needed in my life right now. With everything that I have been through this past year, I needed something else to focus my mind and energy on. I have a little under two months left until this race. I can say with all honesty that this training has been hard on me, but I love a good challenge. If it doesn't kill you, it only makes you stronger right?





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