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Mom: 3, Marathon: 1

(Note: My husband is to thank for the creative title of this post.)

Columbus Marathon Results:
AM: 2 mile w/u,
6:25, 6:12, 6:20, 6:18, 6:13, 6:20, 6:35, 6:35 (threw up), 6:27, 6:46, 7:15 (threw up), DNF

I felt light headed Friday & Saturday but I blamed it on the taper. I got the sleep I needed, I ate well and drank well, I figured I was fully prepared. Sunday morning Houston dropped me off early so I could wait in the "elite holding area" until the race start. It was here that things started to go bad.

First, I couldn't find the place. I also had my water bottles with me and I had to get them to "special needs" before 6:45AM. It was 6:15, I had nearly thirty minutes, but the crazy person inside of me started to flip out. For some reason, I half convinced myself I was not going to be able to walk one block and climb one flight of stairs in 30 minutes. Once I arrived there (on time, and at least 20 minutes early) I just folded. I felt so out of place, honest…

The last few days

Saturday:13.2 miles @ 6:35.
Sunday: Easy run
Monday: Easy run
Tuesday: 15min w/u, 5min c/d
1 mile@ 5:39, 20 min w/ 10@6:11, 4@6:07, 3@6:03, 3@6:00, 1 mile@5:36, (treadmill)
Wed: Easy run
Thurs: Easy run

I came to the realization 10 days ago that I failed to taper before my last I have really been taking it easy. I figure its better to overdo than to under-do at this a few days we will find out.

Mini Wednesday Workout

2 mile w/u
4 miles @ marathon pace (campus loop), 60 rest,
2 X 10min hard w/ 2 rest
2 mile c/d
I had no Garmin today. I left it on the charged and this morning when I woke up it was completely dead. Because I am tapering I had planned to run by feel anyway. I met Kevin at 5:00am and we warmed up towards campus for a few minutes before rolling into the 4 mile portion.
This was suppose to be marathon effort so I didn't look at my watch and just ran relaxed and controlled. Once I hit the 4 mile mark my watch said 24:14 (which was wrong). Kevin told me we average 6:11 per mile, which sounded about right. A little faster than marathon pace, but given the taper,perfectly fine.
The 10 minute segments...there was nothing controlled about them. I ran them hard, pushing the whole way, finishing the workout feeling strong and confident. There may just be a big marathon in me yet. If not, I have sure enjoyed the training for this one. It has made me to realize I am capable of much more than …

Last pre-marathon "long" run

AM: 15.7 miles @ 6:49 avg,
(pick-ups from 10-13 miles)
1.5 miles @sub 6min, 60 jog rest, 1200m @ 6:20, 60 rest, 800m @ 5:45 pace. It was just Kevin and I so we didn't kill it today but we didn't run slow either. Part of the Poor House loop out at Boardtown has some good hills...and my legs felt strong...which is a good thing.It was cooler today and we (unfortunately) picked the windy leg to run our pick-ups, so be mile 13 I felt pretty drained. I'm not sure if its lack of sleep or me just over analyzing things. Regardless, I'm planning on really tapering off these next two weeks.

Birthday workout fail

AM: 2 mile w/u, progressive tempo
5 min at each pace  6:30,6:27,6:22,6:18,6:15,6:11,6:07,6:03 ( quit, felt tired...couldn't get into it)
2*3min @5:39, 3 min c/d
(10 miles total)
Nothing exciting to report here. That last 20 mile run w/ the half marathon in the middle really knocked me on my butt. My body just hasn't recovered for some reason. Too many long runs.