July 30, 2013 by Amy B
Announcement: My legs are dead. I think the three consecutive big running weekends have finally caught up with me.
What did not help was that I woke up at 3:45 am this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep. There may have been about 10 minutes of dreaming about weird cloud formations and rainstorms right before the 5:00 am alarm went off, but I’m not sure. I’m too tired to remember.
It also is not a good idea to eat dinner at 10:30 pm when you’re planning an early morning run. Lesson learned.
At least the weather was a little warmer this morning.
I briefly considered hitting the track for a real track workout. Then I thought about running up to the Swedetown trails (biking, hiking, XC ski trails) and doing a loop, but it was early, still a little dark, and I couldn’t shake images of bears and other large furry animals trotting around before daylight.
Was a little surprised to see the first mile tick off at 9:30, because I felt like I was totally dragging ass. While I did make a small effort to not slack, I wasn’t running at full tilt. This is encouraging, because it makes me think I still have some left in the tank. I have more speed in there. Somewhere.
The fourth and fifth miles were a little quicker as I’ll admit I was sort of chasing this other jogger who hopped on the loop about 200 yards in front of me. I eventually caught her, but it took me about 0.5-7 miles to do it. You can do the math there. I was never one for story problems.
Nothing like NOT being in front of your house and seeing that you’ve already run the requisite five miles. I was pretty ready to be done at this point but who the hell wants to walk that far home? I picked it up and called it my speed work for the day.
I’ve entered the part of marathon training that is the toughest for me. The mileage starts to tick upward and my body really feels it. I’m hoping the added yoga and stretching will help. I know I need to get my diet dialed in; I feel the least confident in this area, which isn’t usually the case. I know how to eat to lose weight – I’ve done it before – but to eat for fuel for all the running? I need to do a bit more research.
I also need some focus in my life, big time. And nuun. Because dammit, all this running is making me thirsty.