I’m bummed for all of you that were ready to run St. Jude and now it’s cancelled. Mike and I had wanted to run that race, but it was full so we had to sign up for California International Marathon instead. That was a lucky break for us but I feel bad for everyone that worked so hard to get ready and now can’t race.
It reminds me of my first half marathon. The website had the wrong date, so it wasn’t until a couple of weeks before the race that they corrected it. I had volunteered for a big charity event on the new race day and couldn’t race. I decided I would just run the distance on my own on the “old” race day. I woke up that morning and it was single digit temperatures and windy. I ended up running my first half marathon on the treadmill. Mike made me a race number and I finished first! Running the next one “for real” was a lot easier and a lot more fun.
Maybe you can all find an alternative race in the next few weeks and still take advantage of your training?
I was on the Struggle Bus for the last 2 miles.
Friday I drove 12 hours alone to pick up my son from school. We drove back together yesterday and dropped another student off, so another 13 hours in the car. That’s 25 hours in the car over two days. My heart rate was elevated, I think due to the Immodium I took this morning to deal with “issues” I’ve been having while running. Oh, and there was that Ironman only 3 weeks ago. I think all of those factors led to feeling really tired and tight by the end.
The CIM is only 2 weeks away. I’m anticipating hitting the wall early and hard. Until then, I’m calling 17 miles good enough. I’ll run some more but nothing longer than today’s run. Time to taper!
I just changed my picture. :)
Here are my other pictures from IMFL:
And another one:
And one from the run:
And I promise this is the last one. One of the finish:
So the race is over, I got my pictures, I’m recovered. I promise to stop talking about it now. :)
Yesterday, I planned to run 12 miles as part of my recovery from IMFL/getting ready for California International Marathon. Ya, I know recovering from an Ironman and marathon training sound contradictory, but I’m giving it a shot. A friend joined me for the first eight miles, out four and then back four so she could end at her car. So far so good. Then I decided I kind of needed to go to the bathroom. Runners talk about these kind of things, so hopefully you are hanging with me.
I am basically in the woods on a gravel trail so I step off the trail and head for the nearest tree, sunglasses on to help keep my face warm even though it wasn’t very sunny. Maybe that’s why I didn’t see the big bush of burrs as I stepped right into it, pushed through it, and didn’t notice until I was covered front and back in burrs. My shirt and brand-spanking-new running tights were completely caked with burrs. The spandex in the tights grabs and won’t let go so there was no way to brush them off.
The run was over. Both the shirt and tights had to go in the trash. The shirt was old but I’d worn the tights just a couple of times. I didn’t even get to go to the bathroom. My non-potty-stop cost me $50 and I didn’t get my 12 miles done.
From a training perspective, it worked out okay. The marathon is three weeks out, so if I hadn’t just done and Ironman I would have been running 20 miles this weekend. I’ve decided that, instead, I’m going to slowly ramp up and do 17-18 miler 10 or 11 days before the marathon and then taper. So I had eight miles yesterday and then I did 10 miles this morning. I felt great both days and that gave me 18 miles in two days and 34 miles for the week. I’m going to do 15-16 miles this Thursday and I think I’ll be ready for the 17-18 miles a week later. I’ll get plenty of total weekly miles in and keep the pace reasonable since I still fatigue pretty easily from the Ironman.
I guess the next time nature calls I will pick a spot where Mother Nature isn’t going to fight back!
What? Three days doesn’t count as an off season? I have to admit that I really don’t like taking an off season, so I don’t. I may change things up and work on something different, but I don’t like just taking time off. I do what I do because I like it, so I just keep doing it.
I swam 2,500 yards yesterday and it felt great. Here I am heading out for my first post IMFL run this morning, showing off my favorite freebie from the Ironman- the luggage tag.
I just did 3 slow, Zone 1 miles and I feel fine. I’ll run some more this weekend and then figure out a game plan for Cal International Marathon on December 8th. It’s only 4 1/2 weeks away, so it will be a little tricky. Maybe some slow miles building up to 17 or so and then a really short taper. I don’t know. I’m sure a plan will come to me as I see how I feel in a few days.
I got my official Ironman pictures, so here I am in the pink cap:
Most of the other ones are better pictures, but what I like about this one is that I’m the only female competitor that you see in this picture. That is what I felt like all day during the race. Of the 2,891 people that raced, only 744 were women. That means only 1 in 4 racers were women. Come on, ladies! Let’s get out there! Let’s help and encourage each other to get into these long distance events.