Monday, October 22, 2012

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, honestly, I should have just bared the cold morning air with the other 18,000 folks instead of being up in that room with all those elites starring at one another.

The weather was perfect, maybe like 40 degrees, no wind. The course was amazing. I had a great start.

About mile 4 my back cramped up and I didn't handle it well. Normally I can just let it go, wait a few miles for it to loosen up. This time I was just too tired to wait it out. I had so much anxiety I made myself sick. I threw at mile 8, and again at mile 10.75 when I saw Houston and Maddy (and pulled off the course). It just wasn't happening today.

My lower back was so tight that it caused my legs to seize all the way down to my calves. My stomach was killing my, I was done. I had not even made it 11 miles and I knew I could not make it 15 more, no mater how slow the pace. It just wasn't going to happen.

And so I quit, hobbled my way back to the car. Houston then drove back to the finish line, where I again, threw up on my way to get my bag from the cool down area. I felt like (and still feel like) a train wreck. I have no idea why (yet).

The rest of the weekend we had fun, Houston was a champ, Maddy was AMAZING. I love my family for not caring if I finish or not, just wanting to be along for the ride. Being there when I run well, and even more when I don't. And this is one of the many reasons, that I am so very much over yesterday. I know what shape I am in, I know that something is "off" and I'm ok with it. I'm happy with the year I had, I know I can run faster, but its ok that I didn't. It's ok that things didn't work out.

In the end it is a lesson learned. If I am going to try and run 90 miles of week on 6 hours of sleep and the full life that I have, I'm going to fall apart sometimes...and that is ok. This is my life and wouldn't change any of it. Yesterday just wasn't my day...but that is totally fine. Tomorrow is another chance to try again. In the mean time, I've got work to finish up, dinner to make, laundry to fold, and a 2 year old to put to bed.

I truly hope everyone else had a better experience racing this weekend then I did. If not, I hope you learned something from it, too.
-Megg

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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 marathon...so I have really been taking it easy. I figure its better to overdo than to under-do at this point...in a few days we will find out.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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 I give myself credit for. So if October 21st isn't everything I have trained for it to be, there will be another one.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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.