Sunday, April 24, 2011

Suzanne: Vacation is Over, Had a Lousy Long Run and Next Saturday is the Parkway Half

Our vacation to San Diego is over! It was beautiful, we had a great time and I was even able to get a 5.15 mile run while on vacation which made me happy. It was one of those runs that I could have kept going for a long time as I was so distracted by the gorgeous beaches. I was worried about whether I was going to be able to fit in a run (yes, running has turned me into a crazy person) so I was proud that I did. The day before we left I was really grumpy as I was NOT able to squeeze a run in that day (I've also become the person that is moody when I don't get my runs in - anyone else the same way?) but was able to get a run in the morning before we left and I was relieved.

We returned yesterday and I needed to do my long run today. The goal was to run 10 miles. Let's just say it was a lousy run...it's been awhile since I've had such a horrible run. Not sure if it's because I did the long run by myself or if I was in a bad mood or what...but the run seemed to take forever. Just mentally was not able to get it together. I felt like I walked most of the run but in the end my time wasn't as horrible as I had thought. It seemed the more I stopped to walk for a little bit the more I kept stopping. When I finally made it to the 6 mile mark I knew 10 miles was just not in the cards for me, so I decided if I made it to 8.5 miles I could stop. And that I did.

I also promised myself that I was NOT going to beat myself up about my lovely long run. I'm trying my best but let's just say that this has made me a little nervous about this week's half marathon. Am I going to be able to run 13.1 miles after barely being able to make it to 8.5? I guess we'll see but I keep telling myself that there's nothing else I can do now.

Here is this week's training schedule:
Monday: 3.5 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: cross-training
Thursday: 3.5 miles
Friday: REST
Saturday: 13.1 miles
Sunday: hot yoga

I'm actually looking forward to a race being on a Saturday. All of my half marathons to date have been on Sundays. It will be nice to get it over on Saturday rather than worry all day Saturday about running the race on Sunday. Yes, I'm a worrier and control freak....can I do 13.1 miles, am I ready, do I have everything taken care of, is my alarm set to the right time, am I eating/hydrating correctly, how will I run, etc. But once the race starts I have a singular focus and just run.

In the past, tapering has not been my strength. For some reason it should be easy to do but I always "feel" like I should be doing more. I'm getting better at it.

Oh and guess what? Next week - when I'm back to the Fleet Feet training group schedule for the Fiesta Days half marathon on 5/21 - our long run is 13 miles. So that means I'm running 13 miles two weeks in a row. I'm trying to not even think about that!

Hope everyone else had a good week and I'll be sure to post a race recap next weekend.

Happy Running,
Suzanne

3 comments:

  1. Best of luck to you with your Half Marathon! I know you'll do fine - even with your 8.5 long run this past week! :0) Glad you had fun in San Diego! My husband wants to go back to Cali so we can go there - we stayed in Anaheim last time...

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  2. I had the world's worst long run last weekend .... which only tells me I'll do awesome in my half this Sunday. But let me tell you -- worry worry worry. I hear that. I am the total definition of taper madness right now. I feel like no matter how many races we all do, we will still always get wacky right before they get here.

    Have a great run on Saturday!!

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  3. @Karen - thanks so much for the encouragement!

    @FF - Yes, I think you're right..this means we're on track to run great! Ha. I don't think I'll ever be "cool, calm and collected" before a race no matter how many I run. Good luck to you on Sunday!

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