Monday?!? It’s Monday?!? Where the bleep did the weekend go?
Oh yeah, half of it was spent doing my long run. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the long run felt really, really long. I had 16 miles on the training schedule. I set out Saturday morning around 7:00 a.m. The temperature was in the 60’s, and I spent much of the run in the shade, which was really nice. I did small loops around town so that I could stop at the house for hydration and fuel. I just didn’t feel like dealing with the hydration pack for some reason, and my stomach was feeling a bit iffy, so I felt like I should run by the house frequently in case I needed to use the bathroom.
Reading through my first 16-mile run last time, I was a bit nervous because that run sucked. Big time. But looking at my pace time and the intervals I was doing at that time, I realized that I was trying to go too fast. So this time around, I used 1:00/:30 run/walk intervals and that seemed to work out really well. My pace was consistently around 13:46, and despite the fact that my legs felt really tired the last two miles, I finished really strong and I’m pretty happy about how the run went, especially since the last time around, I went home in tears because I was so frustrated with the experience.
For fuel, I decided to try something different. I had my usual Jelly Belly Sports Beans, but I also had a Lara bar. The Lara bar was easy on my stomach, and it seemed to keep the hunger at bay and kept my energy level up. I also drank lots of water and Gatorade for hydration. During the last couple of miles, I had to slow down a couple of times because my stomach was cramping, but otherwise, I didn’t have any stomach issues the entire run and I only had to stop and go to the bathroom once and that was because I had to pee from all of the water I was drinking!
For the rest of the day, I felt pretty good, although my left knee was aching like crazy (I have some arthritis). The next morning I got up and ran 3.5 miles and my legs felt completely fine, however.
I’m at that point in my training when I’m just sick of doing it. I still have two months to go before I do the marathon. I’m really excited about the marathon, but when I look at my training program and see that I still have an 18-, 20-, and 22-mile run to do, my heart sinks with dread. I know that this normal, but I really need to just suck it up and find some inspiration and motivation to keep me going.