Monday, May 14, 2012

Two Week RUNdown

Although I haven't posted much, I have been able to get workouts done.  My left leg is still not feeling 100%, but I have no doubt that I'll be able to complete Ogden this coming Saturday.  Just being able to say that feels like a miracle considering what this training cycle has been like!

Monday: Cycling, 6 miles in 45 minutes (8 mph).  I pulled both kids in the bike trailer for fun.  Breona ran beside me, so it was much more of a workout for her than it was for me, but I just couldn't bring myself to leave my kids behind :)

Tuesday:  5.06 miles at 9:29 pace.  After my really great long run the weekend before, I was pretty sore.  I thought I had essentially trashed my IT Band and wouldn't be able to run another step before the marathon.  Being able to get out and run so quickly was a blessing to me.

Wednesday:  Cycling, 12.4 miles in 45 min. (16.4 mph)

Thursday:  6.2 miles, 8:06 average pace.  I ran 3 tempo miles in this run with a goal of 7:14.  Splits were 7:19, 7:05, 7:08.  It felt good to run fast, but my leg was bugging me towards the end pretty bad.

Saturday:  13.12 miles at 7:56 pace.  This was my shortest long run that I had had in months!  It still felt pretty hard, and I was wincing on any downhill from the leg.

Tuesday:  5 miles at 8:59 pace.  I hadn't been taking care of myself while dealing with my friends' tragedy.  I got a terrible side ache, each step felt hard, and I nearly fainted during this run.  I was thankful for Jami who kept me from eating pavement.  It's important to eat and drink if you plan on running.

Wednesday:  5 miles at 8:50 average pace.  I went to Memorial Hill and ran 2 good tempo miles up hill and recovered very slowly on the way down so I didn't aggravate my knee and leg problems.  Tempo miles for the mile up hill were 8:02 and 7:49- with a total of 566 feet of gain in those 2 miles, it was a good workout.

Thursday:  Cycling, 12.6 miles in 45 minutes (16.8 mph)

Friday:  Cycling, 12 miles in 45 minutes (16 mph)

Saturday:  10 miles at 7:57 pace.  I ran this after the funerals of my three friends.  It was good to get out and just hit the road.  I felt like I was able to focus and able to deal with the grief.  I was reminded, yet again,of how running is the best kind of therapy for me.  This run was beautiful as I watched the sun set on a peaceful valley.

If you've been keeping track, you may have noticed that I was supposed to be running Red Rock Relay in Moab last Saturday.  Unfortunately I was unable to run because of the funerals.  Thankfully, Red Rock proved- once again- that they are the best and transferred our fees over so we could run the Zion race in September.  Most races won't ever do something so kind and we were so thankful that they were so kind and understanding to us!

Phew!!!  That was a lot of workout journaling!  The Ogden Marathon is only 5 short days away.  Amazing!  If you are going to run a marathon, then can I suggest to you to run 2?  This time has been so much less stress.  I haven't had any kind of nerves yet (although I'm sure even those will show up some time this week).  This training cycle I have missed nearly an entire MONTH of training, but I never panicked once!  One day at a time, one step at a time, and I'm trained and prepped for a PR race this Saturday.  I'm feeling very blessed and thankful for the opportunity.

I will write more about my goals in another post, but just know that I'm totally pumped for what is sure to be an awesome race!

Anyone racing Ogden?

Have you ever run a marathon?  Were your nerves significantly better the second time around?


MotherRunner said...

I've been thinking a lot about you this past week - I'm glad you were able to find some peace on the run.

Looking forward to reading about the marathon- go get it!

Coy Martinez said...

You have this deep sense of calm and I swear it's contagious because I use to get panicky about stuff but you handle it with such ease that I worry less now. I've been sick for 4 days, I have an Olympic Triathlon coming up in 7 days and yet somehow I still feel ready! Maybe it was because you had to remind me once that I was in the building phase and not to worry :) I'm not worrying :) I'm happy!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Wow that is so freaking awesome that Red Rock did that for you guys. Love that and I agree what an awesome RD to be willing to do that. Most races wouldn't even entertain that idea regardless of the circumstances.

I cannot believe Ogden is this Saturday! I am beyond excited for you and know for a fact you will do great. You are a very smart runner!

kalie said...

I'm so proud of you. You DO seem lots less worried about the marathon this time around. It's such a good thing. I'm glad that you were able to run this week. When times are hard, it is 100% more essential for me.

I am excited to go to the expo together on Friday!!!

Julia said...

friend! you have been through so much this training cycle. your fight and determination to keep going has been amazing to watch. i have no doubt you are ready for OGDEN!

Amy @ Run Mom Run said...

I've been counting down the days with you! I'm not even running it, I'm just that excited for you! You are amazing!

Cory Reese said...

I'm just starting to catch up on blogs, and I'm so sorry to hear about your friends. I heard about that on the news and wondered if you knew them.

I'm excited for you to do Ogden. You will seriously love it. They do an excellent job. No worries - just take each mile as it comes and do the best you can do. If you can say that at the finish line, you won.

Amber said...

Running is free therapy for the soul. I am sorry to hear of your losses.

Good luck with your marathon, you'll rock it!

Ann said...

Ahh! I wish I was there to see you and Ash run Ogden this weekend! You are going to KILL IT!!!! :)

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Running is such a release- in good times and bad. So excited for Ogden and I can't wait to read about how you do!