Sunday, June 22, 2014

Marathons hurt.

As I laid (lie? lay? I'll never figure that one out.) in bed last night trying to sleep while the muscles in my legs ached and I wanted to slather myself in icy-hot, I wondered why I do this to myself.

Yesterday I ran 16 miles. All outside. All at once.

And then I remembered:

  • The thrill I got at mile 9 cruising at 9:30 miles feeling great. 
  • The love of exploring where you are by running all over it. 
  • The spiritual uplifting I received while spending over 2 hours pondering all that I have been blessed with. 
  • How great it feels to be outside when the sun is shining and the world is alive.
  • My 6 month long recovery from an injured IT band. I GET to run.
  • Conquering THE hill with no walking.
Marathon training week 4 - done.

I can't wait for the next run because I GET to run. No more pain for me. Bring it!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dude, Where's my Van?

Today I did my first relay! The Teton Dam Marathon was today which of course I wanted to do so I could get this shirt:


But because I am also training for a marathon I needed to do 14 miles today.

So I ran the first leg of our race with our first runner.



It was FREEZING. 40 degrees but the wind was ice cold.
4 miles over in a snap. First exchange.


There goes Ashley! She was so great and hilarious to have in our van. Which reminds me, our team name was "Dude, Where's my Van?"



Exchange 2!


Hanging in the van making jokes.



I ran the last leg of 5 miles which put me at 9 so far for the day (technically 9.4).


I did really well, with my last 3 miles at 8:55, 8:28, and 8:06.





Here is our team at the finish (minus one because she had to leave right after her leg)



It was totally fun and I'd love to do more relays.

Then I ran home from the race and around a neighborhood to get me to my mileage today.


Best part? Knee doesn't hurt at ALL. at ALL!!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The track hurts.

Guess what I learned?

Running on the treadmill is not the same as running outside! Who knew?!

This last week I ran my 12 mile long run outside completely (with sis-in-law) and yesterday I did my sprints on the track. My legs hurt SO bad! not my knee (which feels great!) but my muscles were aching so much.

Lesson learned - you can NOT train completely for a marathon on a treadmill and hope to make it.

Oh, just to keep it real, I gained 2 pounds during the family reunion this weekend. Time to lose some more weight!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

I'm healed!!!!

Marathon training week #1 is DONE.

And for the first time since December, I did all 3 of my training runs with NO pain at all in my knee. NONE.

excuse me for a second.

YYYYYIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ok, I'm better.

I seriously felt like crying because I was so happy.

Tuesday - 3x1 mile repeats
Thursday - 6 miles with 2 at tempo pace
Saturday - 11 miles at 10:10 pace (including running THE hill without walking!)

Did I mention my knee doesn't hurt? I am blown away. I am actually looking forward to my training next week to see if I can keep it up.

:)

In the last 3 weeks, I have been mostly strict about my eating and counting calories and have lost 5 pounds. I have 4 more I would like to lose, and I am anticipating it taking another 2 or 3 weeks to accomplish it. My clothes are fitting better, my arms are thinner (my legs refuse to get thinner), and my waist is losing some under belly button squish. It has gotten easier to maintain the calorie counting and going without goodies all the time the longer I am paying attention to this. It is so motivating to see the scale moving down and to know my jeans aren't fitting like sausage casings anymore.

:)

Run tomorrow - 4x800's on the treadmill! Bring it.