Only 3 more weeks and the Disney Marathon will be here. I can’t believe 6 weeks ago I ran the NYC Marathon. Just a few minutes ago I read a post on Facebook by the TCS New York City Marathon and it showed a pretty captivating picture of Columbus Circle, the 26th mile in the Marathon. Looking at this pic I remembered how hard it was at this point to put one foot in front of the other.
As I mentioned in my post last week , my training this time hasn’t been as consistent as my training for the NYC Marathon. The Holiday season really makes it difficult for me to keep up with my daily schedule. Every day my to-do list is just exploding and my runs are just something I squeeze in here and there, just like any other thing that just needs to be checked off my to-do list. At least they get done, but I honestly don’t like running like this. I do miss the mindfulness in most of those runs. There is just too much going on right now though. Between all the parties, shopping, gift wrapping, baking, blogging, play dates, dentist appointments and cooking it’s my mind right now that is running a marathon. I’m sure things will settle to a calmer pace after the Holidays. As crazy it it all is, it’s still my favorite part of the year:)
Plus, we’re runners, we actually want to be busy, right?
I was so unprepared for my 18 miler this week. I initially planned on running it on Sunday, but on Saturday we had a drop in temperature, so Saturday afternoon I decided to just go for it. I didn’t fuel and hydrate efficiently the day before and not even Saturday. Plus I ran without any GU gels, because I forgot to buy some. With a gel or two I would have probably pushed for 20 miles, but without it 18 miles was my limit. I was literally out of fuel at mile 18. Done and finished.
My overall mileage for this week is off by 10%. It almost feels like I’m making up for it by running hundreds of errands during the day though:)
3 weeks before the marathon is also the time when I need to pump up my vitamin intake and watch my nutrition. I don’t want to catch a another major virus right before the race. Long runs of 15 miles or longer really compromise your immune system. After yesterday’s long run, I kind of felt a little bit of a soar throat coming on. That’s usually the first sign for me that I need to pump up my vitamins. I took some extra my Vitamin C right away. I feel like these little EmergenC Packs I get at Whole Foods help tons. Plus they come with some extra electrolytes! Love them.
I still didn’t pick my race outfit for Disney. I really need to think of something. Most likely I will not run in an entire head to toe outfit. I don’t know how people do it. I actually admire it. Especially the guys who run a marathon in a banana or coconut water outfit! Actually pretty amazing! During NYC I had to throw out my compression sleeves when I felt too hot because didn’t want to hold them while running. They’re nothing compared to these bulky outfits! We’ll see what happens… I live in Florida for Goodness’ Sake, I have to find something Disneyish for this race!
Here is how this week went in running:
Monday: 6 miles along the Atlantic. I’m always happy when Monday’s run is done. It’s like a hurtle, this one is done, now the next one. I like to take a breaks on Thursday or Fridays becaus ethe majority of runs is out of the way, and then i lonly have to focus on 2 days of the weekend. it’s like a checklist in my head. anyway, nice beautiful run along the Atlantic shore. Easy Peasy:)
Tuesday: 6 miles around my neighborhood. I remember how hot and humid this run was. Not easy, mentally and physically.
Wednesday: no run . What a hectic day it was. The best part was my 5 year old’s Christmas Show at school. What a beautiful show it was. I don’t want them to grow up! Me and and my youngest rascal before the show.
Thursday: 7 miles at night. It was a great night for running. 73 degrees! Best run of the year so far. It was one of those runs when you think you could run 100 miles. Easy. After the run my son John took pics of me. He actually told me how to pose “Now Mommy just pretend you won the race!” “Not like this, do it this way”. Okay:)
Friday: no run
Saturday: After Jim got back from work I decided to go for my long run. It was already in the afternoon by that time, but the temperature was around 74 degrees and I thought it might be so much better to run today instead of in the mid 80s tomorrow. 18 miles along the Atlantic Shore, Juno Beach. Pace 9:48.
My foot pain started to come back in mile 15, and I really needed to push through the pain mentally in order to finish. Needless to say I can’t wait for my orthopedics. Friday and Saturday was quite stressful, and this run gave me so much calmness and it cleared my head. I love that empty feeling after a run. It’s exactly what I’m chasing from when I start. I sometimes wish everybody was a runner:)
The one thing that really got to me during this run was having to stop because of a drawbridge. This meant a 10- 20 minute wait. It really takes your momentum and it’s hard to pick yourself up afterwards and keep going.
15 minutes later… the boat!
Sunday: no run. I initially wanted to push for 3 miles, but my body felt really fatigued from the day before. Did I mention I had no time anyways?
Jim brought home this mean Peppermint Cheesecake. I really made an effort to not like it … but then again I couldn’t 🙂
Total Mileage for this week: 37 miles. I wanted to go for 40 miles, but it wasn’t happening. I really don’t think the Disney Marathon will differ much from my time in the New York City Marathon. I just don’t think I will pull a miracle out of nowhere, my training is lacking the extra edge for that.
But then again maybe I can learn to run a marathon just for the pure enjoyment of running a marathon. That wouldn’t be so bad either!:)
See you next week! and
Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!