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Long run Friday

I ran 10.3 miles today, and boy was it long! It took two hours and 24 minutes. But I’ll be on that marathon course for six hours! The amount of time is starting to intimidate me a little. I’m not too sure how to combat that.

I used my new Garmin Forerunner 205 gps watch and that thing is awesome. But it didn’t seem to want to talk to my computer. So I wasn’t able to download my planned run route onto it and I actually got a little lost during the run! I took a printed map with me and it didn’t help much. The real problem was that I had to change my route when I lost the sidewalk on a fairly busy road. So really, having the route on the gps wouldn’t have helped.

My running pace, surprisingly, was between 12- and 13-minute miles the whole way. I set my intervals to five minutes running with two minutes walking. All combined my mile time was about 14 minutes.

Running outside, especially 10 miles, is much more enjoyable than the treadmill. But its most certainly different. Overall not too bad. I’m sore, but not much worse than a treadmill run. I don’t know what kind of workout I’ll do tomorrow. I would like to do something short on the treadmill and then some strength training. I’m starting to see the results from that. I may skip the treadmill and just do strength. I’ll have to see how I feel when I get there.

But I am absolutely exhausted. I wrote last night about how tired I was … so I slept a little too late this morning. I awoke refreshed, but that was wiped out after my long run. I don’t know if I’ll get to a point where I don’t get this tired on my long runs.

I’m afraid I’ll sleep for two days after the marathon! We’re staying in San Diego for four days and I’ll spend two of them sleeping! I sure hope this gets better.

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So tired!

Thoughts of TNT are keeping me up at night again. This happened when it was starting too, when I was really excited and making my plans. Well after an off week, I’m excited again and my plans are keeping me awake! Planning for outdoor runs and my reminder letters I hope to mail tomorrow and fundraisers… plenty to think about. In the past I’ve been able to turn my brain off fairly easily and drift to sleep, but I’m just too excited about TNT.

I think the nice weather and getting outside and being sick earlier this week is making me more tired right now too! So I’ve got two things going against me… nice weather/getting outside making me sleepy, but thoughts of TNT keeping me awake!

The weather tomorrow (or I guess today) is supposed to be a bit warmer than Saturday. Right now I’m planning on changing my long run to tomorrow and then a shorter treadmill run Saturday, which I’m thinking will help me in the 5K Sunday. I’ll probably go out around 10 or 11 a.m., when the temp should hopefully be about the same as it was during my run Wednesday.

I have used a few times to put together some runs. My next run will be 10 or 11 miles, and mapping 10 miles was challenging! I could have mapped a 5-mile loop to run twice, but I don’t want to give up after one loop and go home. I need to scout out trails and where sidewalks are and are not and stuff like that. I’m not going to run on the side of the road. There are two major trails near my house to explore and a bunch of parks. I’d like to run around the Arboretum and Lake Monona! The possiblities are endless.

I sound like such a nerd. Who knew planning a run would excite me this much?

Got my Garmin Forerunner GPS watch today, but not in time to play with it! I need to do a crash course on charging it up tonight and maybe loading my run map on it. If I don’t I may just get lost. That certainly wouldn’t help my cause.

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I was very excited to make it outside today. I didn’t have quite enough time to do the 5 miles I wanted, but I did 3.75 miles instead and I was very satisfied with them! Since I don’t have my garmin GPS watch yet to keep track of my intervals (should come tomorrow though!) I decided to just run until I felt like I needed to stop. I ran the whole way! Thats well over my outdoor running distance of last summer and fall. The longest I ran outside was 2.5 last year…. so 3.75!! I’m amazed. But I’ll admit… kinda bummed I didn’t have enough time to squeeze in one more quarter mile!

I felt good afterwards, though a little dizzy and really tired. I get that way after long runs too. Maybe today it was just the fresh air that tired me out, or the fact I got up pretty early. My legs (thighs specifically) were a little tender and rubbery, but not sore like they are after I get off the treadmill. I’d like to get outside today or Friday again, but I’ll do a treadmill run to gradually get used to outside. I read that was a good idea. I guess I’ll find out if it is! I’ll have spin class today, treadmill Friday and hopefully long run, outside, Saturday.

Then I’ll have the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Sunday morning!

Its so funny, my asthma forced me to take two days off this week and I was seriously UPSET at not being able to run or exercise! When I started getting more serious about exercise again just over a year ago I didn’t think I’d get this into it, especially about running! Funny how things change.

I’m really excited about my 5K race this weekend and I’m looking for other races to run aside from our group races, to prepare for the marathon. What little race experience I have is very far in the past. I’d actually like to do the 10K at the Madison marathon the week before mine, but that might be too much, since I’m supposed to cut back on running a couple weeks before, or so I hear. If I don’t run the 10K at that marathon, I will volunteer. I think that would be a lot of fun and shed some light on what I’ll be participating in a week later.

I’m really getting into this. I’m also thinking about a 20K and another 5K, and our team races will be on 10 mile and a 20 mile. I’ll be running a lot.

This was supposed to be a short, quick entry, as I got done working a half an hour ago and I want to go home and sleep, but there’s so much to say! I’m just so excited tonight.

Quick update on my fundraising: I passed $1,300 today! I made it with a donation from my sister… if you’re reading this, thanks Johanna! I’m now sitting at $1,305, for 34 percent of my goal raised. Only $2,500 to go! Thats still plenty, but its not seeming nearly as intimidating as it once did.

Everything is really coming together! I can’t wait to see what comes next. Stay tuned.

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Feeling better and itching to get outside

I’m feeling better today and I might have run outside except there was an air quality watch today. I sure hope there isn’t one tomorrow. I’m driving down to Rockford to have lunch with my sisters, but after I’m coming home and running outside! I’m hoping for a 5-miler, but I’ll settle for 3. Its been a few days since I ran and longer since I ran outside.

I’m still undecided about trying to do my long run outside on Satuday. I dread the thought of 10 miles on the treadmill, but 10 miles outside when I’m not used to pavement could be rough. I read that when you’re transitioning between the treadmill and outside its best to alternate. That will be hard to do as the weather is nice!

The Shamrock Shuffle is Sunday and I’m running the 5K. I wanted to do the 10K, but I figured for my first real race in awhile, 5K is enough. And since I haven’t exercised in two days I think 10K would be tough anyway, not to mention I’m hoping to run 10 miles the day before. Next time. I am happy to look up the weather forecast and see that its supposed to be a bit warmer than the original forecast. Last week it was 30, but now it appears to be 38. Of course it won’t be 38 at 10 a.m., but if its going to be warmer overall, it will be nicer at 10. Hopefully.

In three weeks I’m running a 10-mile race. That sounds pretty intimidating, but I better get used to it because I’ll be running 26 in 11 weeks!

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Listening to my body, but I’m not happy about it

I’m sidelined today with severe asthma problems. I spent two hours in immediate care Sunday to find out thats all I have. Though I guess my congestion could be a virus, which will have to run its course. But I got some prednizone, which seems to be helping. I am feeling better, but Doug made me promise I wouldn’t exercise today. I think he even took my Y card with him to work today, though I could get in with my drivers license if I really wanted to. But I’ll give myself a day even though I’m not happy about it.

I made my recommitment goal! I’ve now raised $1,085! I’m beyond excited. Now I can send in my recommitment papers with confidence. Now I’ve got $2,715 to go. Thats still quite a bit, but I’ve gotten over one hump, I can get the rest.

Since I’m forced to rest today, I’m doing research on San Diego hotels. We’re staying in the TNT hotel for the marathon weekend but they stay in expensive hotels, so we’re going to move to a cheaper hotel after the weekend. I’m hoping we can stay in San Diego until that Friday, but we might have to just leave Thursday. I’m leaving the budget part of this up to Doug. But I really hope we can stay until Friday. There’s so much to do in San Diego!

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Nine miles yesterday! and other triumphs

I did my long run on Friday instead of Saturday this week. And my long run now is nine miles! I keep amazing myself with what I can do. My new shoes seemed pretty good too. I need to run in them a few more times to be sure though. I’m just encouraged by the fact I didn’t totally rule them out after one run. My feet hurt a little like the did in the last pair, but not as bad, and it was only as I got toward the end. I know my feet are going to hurt a little. I DID run nine miles!

The nine miles I did in two hours are a little more than one-third of the total marathon. I’ve got 11 more weeks of training. I think I’m going to make it.

One sort of unrelated item to share: For the first time in a very LONG time, I am not obese anymore. My body mass index is now overweight. This is a big deal to me. Yes overweight is still unhealthy, but its better than being obese!

I had hoped I would be able to run outside today. A few people from my group ran the rescheduled Valentine’s 5K. They also ran 5 miles before! I was bummed I couldn’t. Instead, I helped with TNT promotion instead, giving out chapstick, water bottles and power bars to runners. And then we walked out to the finish line to cheer on our group. It was a lot of fun and I got to talk to people in my group more.

I am encouraged in my fundraising. I got a fundraising credit for helping with the race stuff today and I now have raised $955, for 25% of my goal! Only $2,845 to go! Geez that sounds like a lot.

So as you can probably tell, I’m in a lot better mood than I’ve been in the last few days. It helps that the sun is out. The weather is supposed to warm up this week, and I’m definitely ready for it.

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Battling for motivation

I’m a little burned out today. Actually the last few days. I think I’ve gotten to the point in the winter where all the snow and cold is really starting to affect my mood. I really want the weather to warm up and I really want to run outside.

I got shoe #4 today. Asics this time. We’ll see.

To be completely honest, I am not sure at this point what to do about team in training. My donations are not coming in like I thought they would. I have to send in my recommitment papers next week. Once I do that I’m locked in. I’m raising $3,800 even if that means I have to pay it myself. I realize I have 10 weeks until the ultimate deadline.

I guess I am sure what I’m doing. It would be such a disappointment to me and to those who donate for me to quit. Doug does point out that I can train for a marathon without raising money, but I AM committed to this. I’m just not feeling it right now. I’m working on some fundraising ideas and letters to send out. I need to have faith that this will all work out.

Its just been a funky couple of days I think. My nervousness about fundraising, my shoe troubles, and my anxiety after hearing about my teammate who died… just have made for a trying week.

I never wrote about that here. Some may have heard the news that a man died after completing the Little Rock Marathon on Sunday. He was actually raising money and going to the same marathon as me in San Diego. I never actually met him, but he was my teammate.

It really freaked me out being reminded that healthy athletic people can die while engaging in their sport. And it probably freaks me out more than most because I had a cousin die of a sudden heart problem a few years ago… one that I believe was genetic, but not preventable or even detectible before it took her life.

There won’t be a full autopsy for awhile, but I read in a news report that a ER doctor told his mom the death was like a potassium buildup that paralyzed his heart and muscles. Adrenaline kept him running but when he stopped, everything stopped. The story said this could have been caused by potassium supplements or salt substitutes.

I suppose that has eased my fears a little bit. I only take a multivitamin. But I am planning on getting a sports physical soon. I’ve never had a sports physical because I’ve never been involved in sports before!

So I am just trying the best I can to get through these tough few days and hope they get better. But I’m not sure they will because I think I’m coming down with something. I’m feeling congested and my throat scratchy and I’m tired… I haven’ t had my yearly upper-respiratory infection yet. So I suppose I’m due. I just hate to think about what it will do to my training!

Long blog today, but I have a lot on my mind. Hopefully tomorrow at least one of my problems will be fixed after I run in my fourth pair of shoes. Wish me luck!