Thursday, April 28, 2016

Guess Who Is Running The Chicago Marathon!?!

I've ran a few marathons back in the day. I hated every one of them. I would curse at myself throughout the whole race for signing up for hell. I finally learned my lesson and chose to only sign up for half marathons. Fast forward a few years and apparently I had forgotten how much pain it was to run 26.2 miles because I got into the lottery for the Chicago Marathon!!



I am not sure why I even put my name in the lottery. Somehow, at the beginning of the year I found myself eyeing this race. I love the city so I figured if I got into the lottery it would be a great way to come back and visit. Not only that but my husband has a lot of family that lives there but has never been. I figured it was a win-win for both of us if I got in.  At 02:41am last Thursday,  I practically jumped for joy at work when I read the confirmation email. Of course my co-workers didn't get it.

My previous marathons were horrible but it was entirely my fault. I was not properly trained, my eating habits were horrible, and I literally thought I could "just wing it." I did this for every one of my marathon races so I wasn't surprised when I felt miserable after a few miles. Not only would my body physically shut down, but mentally I was breaking down. This time around it will be so much more different. I'm going to truly focus all my time and energy in preparing for this race. I have one half marathon to run in June but shortly after that I will start my training.


Honestly I just have faith that this time around I will do things right. I eat 10x better than I did during my previous races, but I will be improving it just a bit to make sure I am adequately fueling my body. One thing that I am hoping to avoid is over training. Yes, it can happen! I've been guilty of this in the past so I have to make sure to not overdue it. My body is going to be need those rest days to recover and heal. Maybe a few massages wouldn't hurt too right?!?


Anyone else running the Chicago Marathon?
Would be nice to compare training plans :)




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Monday, April 25, 2016

Half Marathon Training: Week 7 + 8

Well once again I hit a brick wall with my training during weeks 7 and 8. A few days after my last post I decided to take my dogs to the dog park and just do a light jog with them. Well I really should have known better since not even a quarter of a mile in, my dogs tripped me and down I went! I hit the dirt road pretty hard but I just thought it was nothing major and just some minor scrape. Well I was entirely WRONG!!


I lifted my workout pants (mind you they were one of my favorite ones), and saw my skin folded over on my knee. I was in shock. I work in the medical field but somehow seeing a thick layer of my own skin folded back took me by surprise. I knew immediately that I needed to have it looked at. I put some pressure on it to stop the bleeding and then carefully drove back home to drop off the dogs and head over to urgent care. When I was finally seen, the doctor immediately said I needed stitches. Seven stitches later and I was walking like a zombie out of there. For 10 days I was unable to do any running. Even the slightest bend in my knee and I could feel my stitches and skin stretching...VERY PAINFUL!!

I felt like I was finally dropping my time and really getting faster and then this happened to me. To say I was upset and discouraged was an understatement. But luckily my good friend Kira made me change my way of thinking. She told me that this was a great time to get some rest and come back even stronger. After 10 days I took my own stitches out and went on my first run on Saturday morning. I only ran four miles just to test out my knee but I felt amazing! Afterwards I treated myself to some flowers from one of our local farmer's market.


Yes, having stitches on my knee was another set back. Yes, I felt discouraged at the time. But now that I am back to running I feel 10x better about my training plan. Right before my accident I was revising my training based on what I had learned from the Running Coach Certification Course I attended.  I am still currently studying to take my test, but already I am starting to feel confident for what's to come on the last few weeks.




Happy Running!




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Monday, April 11, 2016

Half Marathon Training: Week 5 + 6

I forgot to write my weekly training post last week. Honestly I was just lazy. Wish I could say that I was busy or that there was this important thing that happened in my life. But my life is boring and there was really nothing exciting to report! Hah!




I did get some runs in and most importantly I was able to get a 7 mile run. It wasn't the greatest but I got it done. I hadn't ran that distance since last year so I am not really shocked at how bad I felt. I have been pretty consistent in running 3-6 miles this year so that one extra mile kind of played with my head. Running can be really mental sometimes.




My weekly mileage is still low since dealing with my pesky knee pain. I have been averaging about 15-20 miles when I should be closer to 25-30 miles. Oh well! Speaking of  knee pain...I haven't seen a doctor about it mostly because Google is my doctor, and it's free. I mean let's be honest here...we all Google our symptoms and self-diagnose. Here is what my Doctor Google told me...I may have knee pain due to a tight IT Band. So I am trying to stretch that out like a mother and see if that works. If Dr. Google fails me then I will have to bite the bullet and pay an actual doctor to check me out. Womp, womp...




Okay and one last thing about my training...I have been doing it all wrong. This past weekend I attended the RRCA Coaching Certification course here in San Diego and boy did it open my eyes to how retarded my training plan has been. I guess I should rephrase, my LACK of a training plan is not suitable for my goals. So now I am regrouping and really buckling down on what my goal for this race is going to be. I really want to get a sub 2 so my training needs to start reflecting that. Later on I'll write about my experience with the RRCA course. Stay tuned!




Happy Running!




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