Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1/2 Marathon : 36 hours til Race Day

Week 12: 12 miles in 2hrs. OMG I hurt so bad at the end of the run. Mostly my knees. Of course I was bad, I drank the night before, didn't hydrate, and didn't get enough sleep. The pain is ridiculous i guess this is what I get to look forward too. But even with the pain I'm not exhausted, I can complete that last mile on pace I am sure.

Week 13: 8.75 miles YES! 1:27 mins. Again didn't prepare very well. Didn't hydrate, drank coffee, stomach cramping the entire run. But hey I got through it and right on pace too. Chilly but beautiful day. This route took us through the brookhaven neighborhoods...absolutely gorgeous view. Annnd they fed us breakfast after the run, yummy! I'm glad I did this training for the past few months, but now I'm just ready for all this to be over.

48 hrs: So I am past the 48hrs before the race. I have been trying to hydrate, I'm 4 glasses in, I am aiming for 12. tonight is my last night of real training, tomorrow I am allowed to either walk or rest...I think i'll use it to rest. No sense in hurting myself the night b4 the race.

Eating a big spaghetti dinner to continue my carb load tonight (You usually don't need to load for a 13 mile run, But I usually eat low carb meals, so I need to be sure I have the appropriate stores for my endurance run).

I have convinced my boyfriend to meet me near the end of the race, I know that is when I'll need the most encouragement, It'll be great to see him there, YAY!!!

So excited!!!

I'll try to remember to check in one more time tomorrow the night before the big run!

Health and Happiness


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More 1/2 Marathon Training

Week 10: Run Around the Rock at Stone Mountain! This is ATCs annual run at stone mountain. Its a circular, hilly, loop course, 5 miles per loop. I did the 10 mile run : 1:39:55
It was a gorrrrrgeous route. The leaves were beautiful orange, yellow, and red drifting down all around me. First 5 miles went great...then came the rain and the cool air... about mile 7 the sky opened up and gave us all a gift, rain, in sheets and in my eyes...but it was still one of my better runs. Kept the 6mph pace and followed the coach's advice about lengthening my stride in the last 2 miles.

Week 11: Pace Run thru Buckhead. 11 Mile Run 1:49:--. It hurt, I hurt, I did amazing the first half of the route better than my 10 min mile pace, but coming back, it hit me, hard. I've been eating the powerbar smoothie bars on my runs, but I don't think I hydrated enough the day before this time. So this weekend is our 12 Mile run, I think I'll try and take it easy, I don't want to injure myself. I did find out I'm quicker than the 2:15 pace group, but slower than the 2:00 pace group. My goal is to finish in 2:10 but no later than 2:15.

2 more training weeks until the big RACE!

Health and Happiness

- L -