I completed 12 miles on Monday after work and boy was that a mental battle of epic proportions. Charlie, my Aussie, was amused at first but got bored quickly after he realized that his crazy owner was still running in the same spot 20 minutes later. “Humans are so weird” I could hear him thinking as he slumped down and hung out for the next couple hours.
The experience: There was no question in my mind that I had to get it done even though I had a lot of moments when time seemed to stand still. At one point I just covered up the treadmill stats and ran “blind” just focusing on the feel of it all. Even though the treadmill is incredibly boring, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that it paces evenly. I can’t recreate that consistency just yet so it’s a helpful training tool for now. At the end I did speed up just to get it done sooner and ended up about 30 seconds faster than the goal training pace. Gu helped a lot and gave me a second wind 8 miles in.
Total Mileage So far: 39 miles
On the Schedule this week: 24 miles
Long Run Scheduled: 14 miles (Holy Smokes I’ve only ever done 13.1!)
I’ve tinkered with the plan a smidgen by running the last two long runs on Monday instead of Sunday (don’t ask me why b/c I’m just Mrs. Random) but will be switching it back to Sunday this week. So technically this week I will have run 36 miles. Yikes! I guess that makes me an official runner right?!
Hit The Road Jane Marathon Training Facts:
My Favorite position after long runs is: On the floor. Legs up or Star fish (sprawled out) with a vacant look in my eyes and sweat forming puddles around my body. I am not allowed to sit on furniture during what I’ve dubbed my “Sweat Monsoon” period (typically 5 minutes after I stop running.)
Favorite Drink: Dasani Water. A LOT OF IT. 4-5 bottles during and post long run. If I don’t have Dasani on hand, hoards of distilled water are needed to keep this
camel girl hydrated. You know, my skin should be glowing or sparkling with the amount of water I’m drinking. Still waiting for that to happen.
Current Nuun Flavor: Lemonade. Mmm Summer. You are hot as balls but lemonade nuun makes you slightly bearable.
Favorite Pandora Channel for an Energy Spike: Eminem. Nothing like listening to a white angry boy rant to pump up the adrenaline in your veins. I always perk up and run faster when I listen to him.
Favorite Running Outfit: Oiselle strappy bra and distance shorts. If I’m running at home, I stick to just a bra and shorts and feel so liberated. I have a feeling I may be doing this outside sooner rather than later. I apologize in advance to the people I’m going to blind with my freakishly white skin.
Favorite Distraction: Amazon Prime Movies. When I have a long run on the treadmill, I love alternating between a movie and music to keep boredom at bay. Amazon has free unlimited streaming of many movies which has been pretty cool I saw City of Angels for the last 10 miler and was so moved during some scenes that I forgot I was running.
What I’ve Learned:
- Marathon training is not about how physically strong you are. It is about how mentally strong you are. It will kick your ass if you don’t have the right mind set. Shift the paradigm and believe you can do this and you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish.
- Eating and drinking during runs is such a pain but totally necessary! I felt rejuvenated once the sugar kicked in and was able to speed up towards the end.
How is your marathon training going?
What are your favorite things (Nuun flavor, Gu, feeling, outfit, drink)?