Sunday, August 06, 2006

Half Way There!

This week-ends run marked the half way point in my marathon training. This week-ends run was also 16 miles! Now if my math is correct, 16 isn't half of 26 and by my calculations, we should only be running 13 miles. Half way my ass! Speaking of which, my ass is probably the only thing that isn't hurting on my body right about now! My quads are screaming and believe it or not, my jaw is killing me. I chew gum like it's going out of style on my runs and seeing as I was running for almost 4 hours yesterday it got a major work-out.

Onto the run, I had a great start. I kept up with others in my group for approximately 4 miles. I am usually by myself, so this was really good. I was feeling good, legs were doing just fine, it was nice. At around an hour and 15 minutes into the run, I GU'd. For the first time. I am no longer a GU virgin!! woohoo! Sorry peeps, it's not all it's hyped up to be! I had the vanilla. I tore open the pack and just squirted the whole thing into my mouth and washed it down really really fast with water. It was gross. It was hot from being in my fuel belt and I didn't like the smell of it. I guess I was expecting this big burst of energy after I took it, but that never happened.
My mother met me at mile 12 with a nice cold Vitamin Water (my new favorite thing to drink) a frozen water and a banana. She filled my water bottle as I tried to get down at least half of the banana, and off I went. I was feeling good up to this point, when at like mile 13 I started to struggle. My feet were on fire, the sun was out in full force at this point and I had to walk. I was trying to run to land marks and then take a walk break, but it kind of turned into a walk/run to the finish. It seemed like I was never going to make it back to the meeting area.
The last half mile, I ran straight through and once I finished, all that I could think of was that I could never in a million years run another 10 miles to complete a marathon.
NEVER EVER, not in this lifetime. 16 miles was friggin' FAR! I had not one single ounce of energy left in me to even pick up my feet and walk to my car, never mind probably another 2 hours of running!

I wanted to run the 16 miles in 3:30, but of course I didn't, I clocked in at 3:50. I feel like I am the slowest person on earth running. Once again I was the last person to complete the run in the whole group. I swear to god if I even come in last in the marathon, I'll be pissed. But at the rate I'm going, that seems to be my M.O.!

So I guess it's a good thing that I'm only at the half way point, this gives me another 2 months to work on my running.


At Sunday, August 06, 2006 6:31:00 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

YOU CAN DO IT!!! I know it must have felt so hard..I just did 12 this past weekend, and I had many of the same thoughts and feelings as you. :)

At Sunday, August 06, 2006 6:35:00 PM, Blogger jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

You will not be last. I promise.
I was never a fan of GU's, but there is a gel called Carb boom's (not exactly sure how it's spelled) that I think taste much better. There is a vanilla orange that tastes just like a creamsicle. Ymmmm.

At Sunday, August 06, 2006 8:18:00 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

When I did my first 16 miler I had the same exact thought of "How on earth will I do 26!?!". And then I did my first 18 miler and had the same thought. Same with 20... But somehow it happens!

PS I really like the Strawberry Kiwi and Apple Cinnamon Carb Booms. The texture of Gu makes me want to gag... Clif also has those gel blocks which are pretty yummy too...

At Monday, August 07, 2006 7:09:00 PM, Blogger David said...

You did 16 (sort of). Think how easy 12 would be right now. When you do 18 or 20, 16 will seem like a breeze. It's all relative and you will slowly get ready for the big day. Trust yourself.
On chewing gum - that takes work and may be bleeding off some of your energy. Try running naked (in the mouth that is).
Gu - I like the orange flavor best. It is pleasant. Don't take it all at once. Small doses can actually work better as it mixes with the water or saliva to go down slow. You'll not notice how it picks you up for about 15 minutes when your pace is steady and faster than you remember. You might take it a little sooner too (60 minutes).
That's all the two cents I can offer today. Keep on running. You're doing fine!

At Monday, August 07, 2006 9:42:00 PM, Blogger christine said...

sour gummies and mango gatorade are my current favorites...banana gu is pretty good too.
you are doing GREAT!!!!! and how cool is that mom of yours?!! I can't even imagine chewing and running at the same time i'm a klutz!

At Tuesday, August 08, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Blogger Jennifa......G said...

You get much admiration from this girl. Keep on runnin on!

At Tuesday, August 08, 2006 10:35:00 PM, Blogger David said...

Good job finishing the 16. But gum? I'm with david, try without, I wanna relax every part of my body I possibly can when running. Gu, good stuff, first time I used it on a run I neglected to consider that I'd need drink to wash it down, nearly choked to death. Keep working.

At Wednesday, August 09, 2006 11:18:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Wow, that is great! Stay focused on your goal and you will accomplish it. If you can get past 18, the rest is all down hill. ;)

At Wednesday, August 23, 2006 7:29:00 PM, Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

You're doing so great! Way to tough it out!

At Thursday, September 07, 2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger a.maria said...

well.. you won't be last. first off.. and secondly..

WELL DONE on being half-way through training!!!! thats exciting!

i'm with david though.. don't take the GU all at once. the water helps digest, so you wanna take it in at least 2 if not 3 "gulps"..

did you do straight vanilla? i don't know ANYONE that likes that flavor.
try vanilla bean or tri-berry. those seem to go the fastest at most water-stops. i.e. they're everyone's fave! :)


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