Well ,I guess I was being a little too ambitious when I thought it would be a great idea to start a blog during one of the busiest times of my life! When I first started this blog a little over a month ago, I had every intention to post at least 4 times a week and I did pretty good the first few weeks, but reality is starting to sink in. If you’ve read my About Me section, you know that I’m currently training for my first full marathon and planning my wedding (2 weeks apart), all while working full-time. I know for some people this probably wouldn’t be a big deal, but for me, this is a lot to take on all at once! I do know that I will be glad I started the blog during this time so that I can look back at one of the most exciting times of my life. I wish I had more time and energy to post daily, but for now, I will be posting as much as I can, and hopefully after November 2nd (our wedding day!) I can resume a normal and consistent blogging schedule!
I wanted to talk to you guys about my long run on Saturday! My training schedule called for 19 miles. This run was on my mind all week long. I checked the weather forecast for Saturday at least twice a day throughout the week, and prayed that the weather would cooperate with me. I was soo happy to see that the high temperature was only supposed to be 68 degrees.
With only 5 weeks until the marathon and only two long runs left on my training schedule, I decided to treat Saturday morning as if it was the morning of the marathon. For all of my previous long runs throughout my training, I’ve been starting my mornings with a cup of coffee and a Luna bar. I started to notice after about an hour or so into my runs I would get HUNGRY, which instantly makes me cranky, and then I’m tempted to just run home and stuff my face. Luckily, I have enough self control that this actually never happened! When I saw that Luna bars only have about 170 calories or so, I decided I should probably eat something a little more substantial if I was going to be running for more than 2 hours. So on Saturday I decided to replace my usual Luna bar with a bagel and a tiny bit of butter. Turns out, this was a great decision! I didn’t feel hungry once during my run.
I started my run a little bit before 8:00, and from the very beginning, I felt great. My hands were numb from the cold for the first half hour or so, but I think the cold temperature forced me to run a little faster than I normally would have. There were TONS of other people on the trail as well, which gave me some motivation. I also think that the new music I downloaded helped to keep me going. However, at mile 13, I got sick of listening to music and ran the last 6 miles in silence.
I had one CLIF ShotBlok at miles 6.5, 11, and had my last one at around mile 16. Once I got to mile 13, my legs got REALLY tired. I felt great otherwise, so I tried to think about other things to keep my mind off my hurting legs. Each mile ticked away pretty quick, and by the time I got to mile 18 I was ecstatic! I picked up my pace a little bit, and when I saw my GPS reach 19.00, I was sooo happy. I was happy to be finished, happy with my time, and just happy about everything! This was by far the best run I have had in weeks, and it was just what I needed to get me excited about my marathon again.
I was a little nervous going into this run because I have been straying from my training schedule a little bit. As I mentioned in this post, I have been feeling like I’m on the verge of runner’s burnout, and that my weekly runs have been becoming more of a chore. I decided the best way to deal with this was to tweak my training schedule a little, and if there are days that I don’t feel like running, I don’t. I never want to dread a run. I’m so happy I listened to my body, and my 19 miler proved that you must do this to be a successful runner.
I can’t believe I only have one more long (20 miles) run left!
Are you training for a race?
Do you ever adjust your training schedule?