Wow, it's been a while since I've posted. Since September 16th, I have run 52.8 miles. YIKES! And while I'm really proud of that, I think I have reached a new level of exhaustion. I had very little motivation to do anything else really. I ran while both girls were at school and on the weekends. The runs went well for the most part, my left calf has been bothering me though. It was all I could do to get them to school and we had a couple playdates. My house was kind of a wreck. My back had been bothering me too, so I was pretty discouraged even though the running part was going ok. I really was just happy sitting on the couch, watching my children play, not doing anything. I'm not sure if I had ever been that tired. And I just didn't think that I should be.
On Saturday morning, we got up, Seth took the girls to soccer practice and I headed out for my longest training run, I was scheduled to run for 12 miles! I was feeling pretty confident, I decided that I was going to try to really push through the first couple of miles and it wasn't fun but it wasn't that bad. I saw several people wearing the Baltimore Marathon shirts, so I cheered them on when they went past me. It was sunny and almost chilly, so it felt great while I was running. Things were tough the first couple of miles and then I hit a great pace. At mile 9 though I started getting tired and hungry, which hadn't really happened before. I stopped for a moment at the water fountain each lap around. I finished my 12.2 mile run in 2 hours and 26 minutes with an average pace of a 12 minute mile. I was pretty excited!
I guess because my longest run is over now until the marathon, I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I know, unless something weird happens, that I will finish the 1/2 marathon. And it looks like there is a really decent chance I will finish under 3 hours. I will be ecstatic if I could do it 2 1/2 hours. So we shall see. I'm feeling a renewed sense of energy. Even though it's been cloudy and rainy, things seem brighter around here. When I got home from the run on Saturday, I even cleaned my house! Then after church on Sunday, we had friends over for lunch. My friend Joni is running the 1/2 Marathon too, so we made a game plan for the morning. Her husband Kevin and their daughter will hang out with Seth, our girls, my Dad, Melissa, Randy and Charlie!! I can't wait to see everyone!!! So I'm starting to feel good about the day. I like having a plan, it makes me feel better.
I went to Road Runner Sports today and picked up some gels and some chews to try out during my run. I will try them out on my shorter runs. Hopefully, they won't upset my belly but will give me that extra needed energy during the race. I'm afraid I made another rookie mistake, I should have tried these out weeks ago. But hopefully, it will all work out.
So this week, I have 2, 6 miles runs and then an 8 mile this weekend and then it's even less next week. It's hard to believe that 2 weeks from now it will all be a memory! A very happy one, hopefully!!!