I have been off the blog for a little big getting my life aka procrastinating all of the organizing at our house.
What better way to come back on a Workout Wednesday, especially since my big race is THIS SUNDAY. Omg you guys, I cant believe it is already here. I feel like I just agreed to run this thing. Training was going well until a couple of weeks ago. I started feeling some pain in the back of my left knee but decided to push through it during my 10 mile run. I probably shouldn’t have done that, but I did. Later that night after my run, I experienced something that I haven’t before. I felt sore in every single joint, I was weak and I felt very nauseous. I was finally able to get my hands on some Excedrin. I took two and within 20 minutes (and a couple beers), I was feeling pretty much back to normal. I don’t really know what happened but it was scary. Fast forward to my last long run before my race and I only made it 6 miles. My knee started hurting after about mile 2 but it wasn’t too bad. Then around mile 5.5, I felt a weird twinge/pop in my knee. The pain then wrapped around the front of my shin. At this point, I tried to run a little more but ultimately decided that it wouldn’t be a good idea. I walked the rest of the way home — which thankfully I was only about .5 miles from the house. After getting home, I ate some lunch while icing and wrapping my knee. By Saturday, I could feel that there was still some soreness but nothing too crazy. I decided to take Saturday, Sunday and Monday off of running to really see if it would help. Well last night I went out for a 3 mile run and ended up running an average of 10:15 for 3.2 miles. If you have followed any of my other updates, this is faster than normal for me. I pushed last night since I knew that I only have 3 runs left and I finished feeling really good. My knee still hurts but its more of a nuisance now. I am really hoping that it holds strong for the run. Coincidentally, the person that asked me to run is also having some foot issues. So we will be finishing it, even if it takes a little longer than planned.
As for the day of, I am already nervous 🙁 I really believe that I can do it and am at a point right now where I am the most fit, cardiovascularly anyway. I think the only other time that I have been this fit would be when I was in basic training and that was 8 years ago! I think all of the running I have been doing has given me the tools to run this thing. My goal is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Ideally I would like to be at 2.5 hours but I want to give myself some leniency. I plan to start at around an 11:00 mile and go from there.
The weather is supposed to be around 60* and the humidity is supposed to be low. Honestly perfect conditions if you ask me 🙂 I plan on getting some gels this week that I can take during my run. It really helps to focus mentally on those times where I take them. It makes the time go by way faster. I was able to sample a Honey Stinger gel in Mango Orange and really liked it. I took about half 45 minutes into the run and finished it about 20 minutes after that. It was just a lot to take in at once if I would have done the whole packet. I also slowed to a walking speed to give my stomach a chance to catch up. I didn’t get an upset stomach afterwards and the rest of the day I felt good as well. Since I tried this brand, I am going to stick with it for the race.
Right now I am debating which shoes to run in. I got a new pair of asics for my running style (overpronator) and I just feel that I am still adjusting to them. Last night I did wear them and I have seen a pattern in being able to go a little faster in them. I guess we will just have to see how the last two runs of the week go!
With that said, I have a 4 mile and a 2 mile run left this week, and then the race on Sunday! Bill is planning on coming to cheer me on/motivate me. Now if I could just tell him the best place to go…(any suggestions on spectator placement???).
Here is a map of the course: