FUCK FUCK FUCK shit UGHHHHHH! Sorry for the poor choice in words but that is what is going through my head. I feel like the past week in training has gone to sh*t. I am now on week 10 and I am starting to hit a wall. I feel like I SHOULD be able to run stronger and hard….my SHINS say otherwise. I felt great the day after my 1/2….I felt GREAT the day after RAgnar but fast forward to now and NOW I am in pain. It really depends on the day but tonight I hit my limit. I should be able to go out and do a nice 4 miles. I am not sure if it is the cold or what but it feels like someone is JAMMING needles into my shins. I have been trying to wear compression sleeves and stretch after runs. I need more ideas on what to do.
After tonight’s crappy run I am starting to have a lot of self doubt. I am so frustrated with my body. My heart wants to run but my body is not playing fair!
Any suggestions or ideas? Maybe even just post a happy positive thought. I need it.
I am officially more then 1/2 way done with training! This week I feel like was the hardest on my body physically.
Running is much like life there is ups and downs. On Monday I had an up by being able to run 3 miles with people that I view as fast. It was nice to be able to chat with friends and run and not feel so left behind. They even commented on how I was getting faster =). I decided to take Tuesday and Wednesday off because I could feel that my legs were tired from Ragnar and then the weekend before of the 1/2. Thursday I set out for 4 miles. I ended up surpassing what I thought I could do. I was able to run 4 miles under 10 minutes per mile which is a big deal for me, who is slow.
Again, to most runners this is normal but to me it is amazing. I am now dreaming of breaking under a 9 minute mile! I could tell my legs were tired but on Friday I set out to do 7 miles. I hit a down moment and was hardly able to do 3 miles. I did however run into Michael, a running friend, who was down by Tempe Town Lake because he was getting ready to do Ironman that was this weekend at the lake. I will say it was nice seeing a smiling face when I was struggling doing something I know I could do. I ended up having bad shin splits for the rest of the day. Saturday morning I got up and did the IronKids with my son (I will be posting more about this later). My son ended up DOING amazing but my shins were NOT happy with me. I tried to baby my legs the rest of Saturday in hopes that I could do my 10 miler on Sunday. Today (Sunday) I woke up and went down to watch people compete in IronMan. I ended up running down to Tempe Town Lake. The first six miles were painful for my shins. On mile 9 I was passing by Oreganos and then a guy ran past me. The haircut made me think it was my friend Miguel, which it ended up being him. He was eating dinner and saw me run by. Yet again it was nice to see a smiling face and have someone give me words of encouragement.
Overall, this week had some low points but even when it was low something positive happened. I am moving forward and looking forward to week 10 of my training!
I didn’t get to my usually Sunday post about my training well because I have been so busy with running and life.I want to sit down and really reflect on a few things and write some blog posts.
. First of all two weekends ago I went to Javelina Jundred to cheer on some of my friends. For some of my friends this was their first 100K or 100 miler. It was amazing to go to the camp grounds at McDowell Mountains and see all these people enjoy and love something that I love. It was so inspiring and made me think hopefully that one day I might be able to be one of those people trying to do 100K or 100 miles. If you are at all interested in Javelina Jundred visiting Aravaipa’s website http://aravaiparunning.com/network/javelinajundred/ I am going to do a blog post coming up about my time at the camp and about my friends who completed it.
The other blog post I want to reflect and type up is Ragnar Trail McDowell Mountains. This past weekend I was on a team at Ragnar Trail Arizona at McDowell Mountains. Because I did this I had to move around some of my runs, You also have to remember I did a 1/2 last weekend and this was the first time I had big back to back races. So it was all a learning experience for me. The outcome was GREAT! Again I will reflect more on this in another post but I feel great today which makes me confident in my running ability and in my goal of completing a full marathon.
In general I feel like my training is coming along as I move into week 9! After I am done with this week I will be 1/2 way though my training. Overall I am happy with my progress and I am seeing results. The big thing I am seeing is my endurance level is up! I am hoping in the coming weeks I can be really stick with my training and complete my goal of the full! So even though life has been crazy I have been able to be involved in the race community over the past few weeks which makes the chaos fun!
Today I lined up to do a 1/2 marathon. It was part of my marathon training and I was super excited. This 1/2 did not feel like any other half. The night before I did get nervous but for the most part I felt like I was going out for any run that I would during the week. I had a feeling I would PR because I have been training so much for the full marathon that I feel like I am in better shape. I woke up at 4am to get up and eat breakfast. I decided to enjoy some outside weather since it is finally cooling off in Arizona. I was able to rock a hoodie! As you can see I sat and ate in the dark.
I was suppose to do the Women’s 1/2 in Arizona but it was cancelled about three weeks ago. So I rushed and signed up for the Phoenix 3TV 1/2 Marathon. The marathon took place in Downtown Phoenix. I decided I would park my car close to home and take the light rail down to the race so I wouldn’t have to deal with traffic.
Like I said this race felt a lot different then other races. I felt very comfortable and excited. I was just more ready then normal. I did miss a few runs over the past 7 weeks but I knew I was ready. I decided to do go with a hand held this race. When I first started running I was in love with my camelback because I likes that I could carry a lot with it. As time has gone on I have decided that hand helds are way better. I also decided to try jelly belly sports beans along with my normal honey stingers. The weather was perfect! The day started off cool and it stayed overcast for the whole race.
The first half of the race went AMAZING. I was at my LOW end of my goal pace for my full. I felt strong and amazing. I ended up finding two ladies to run with and it helped the first 1/2 go fast. Unfortunately, I started to feel a little sluggish at mile 7 so I decided to slow down. My two new friends ran off and I was left alone in my thoughts. AT first I slowed down WAY too much and was going 30 seconds slower then my goal pace. I tried to pick it up and I kept bouncing back and forth. During my first 1/2 marathon in 2012 mile 10 was my breaking point. I was done and wanted to just sit down. During this 1/2 I never felt like I wanted to quit. By mile 10 I felt re-energized and strong. I thought to myself all I have left is 3.1 miles and I have been crushing my 3 mile runs. So I was able to pick up the pace and be back in my goal range. I kept looking at my watch and worry that I maybe I had been over confident and that I wouldn’t PR. I also so one of the pacers with the signs approaching me which had me worried. Finally I turned the corner and saw all the people and the finish line and I knew I was going to PR.
I felt like I super women which is ironic because this is the photo I took after finishing.
So not only did I PR but I did it by 11 minutes! I feel like I could have PR by 13 minutes if I had not slowed down twice but I am THRILLED with my time. I was also in my goal pace zone for my full. I felt great after the race and felt like I could have kept running which I am taking as a good sign for my full. I fully believe after ever great race you need some GREAT food!
I am calling this past week a win and am moving forward with week 8! I am hoping my legs feel good for my Monday run!