I know I probably don't have any friends left on here b/c I am so lame these days...I did just try to catch up on some blogs and post some comments....my poor hubby is gone to Canada again to work on his mom's estate. poor guy is so tired and so stressed out.......but this is pretty much the only time I get to catch up on blogs so here it goes!....
I recovered from those stupid stones....I call them stupid b/c that's what I think of them! I hope they know they are NOT welcome around here for at least another 4-5wks.
I went to bed at midnight on saturday after my last post....Steve brought me home some anti-nausea medicine and he had to wake me up at 4pm the NEXT DAY!
16hrs straight? is that normal? I missed an entire day....An ENTIRE DAY! I can't imagine what it's like for people who go into a coma and then wake up weeks or months later? strange.
Luckily, they did not knock me down as hard this time b/c I had the oxycodone ready and wasn't pumped full of morophine so Monday morning I headed out for my 16 mile progression run with Steph...
it ended up being more like a tempo run...we got to talking about how we used to do our long runs with more marathon paced miles and now we do them slow and I think it got us a bit revved up...
here's how it went: we didn't PLAN on running it this way....the quicker miles just sort of happened and didn't really effect me til the last 2 or 3 of them...
Mile 1: 8:22
mile 2: 8:19
mile 3: 8:00
mile 4: 8:18
mile 5: 8:22
I forgot to start my watch here after a quick porta pottie break but steph caught miles 6 and 7..
mile 6: 7:40 * approx..somewhere between 7:30 and 7:45
mile 7: 7:40 * approx..somewhere between 7:30 and 7:45
mile 8: 7:36
mile 9: 7:24
mile 10: 7:41
mile 11: 7:35
mile 12: 7:59 (took a recovery mile)
mile 13: 7:48
mile 14: 7:45
mile 15: 7:18
mile 16: 6:35* I don't know where this energy comes from on some of my long runs but I love it when it does!
so I had 10 good tempo miles in there and it felt FANTASTIC!!
One thing i have noticed about this marathon training is that I havne't had any workouts that have left Me sore.
I have felt "tired" but not any soreness...it's wonderful!
Same for this run...didn't have any soreness, got up and ran 10 miles the next morning and felt great.
Today I had to work out of town at 7am so I was up at 5...this lead to a nap afterwork and then my
10 x 800m workout on the TM...I don't normally do workouts on the TM but I am just getting sick of the rain and decided to screw the idea of 10 miles in the pissing rain on the track.
I did my repeats at:
This was WAY harder for me on the TM....I have said before...I can't run fast on the TM...and Im in the last week of my cycle when I always feel lethargic so I was just glad I DID IT...I didn't honestly care what my times were.....
Tomorrow is easy/recovery day and then Friday is 20 x 200m!!! I can't wait for that one!!
Okay...so not everything is all rainbows in sunshine over here....I'm gonna tell you a secret......I normally pride myself on being pretty strong and tough mentally. I believe in myself and I usually set realistic goals for my races that I almost always hit. I am good at guaging from my workouts what I think I am capable of when I combine it with a taper and race day Magic*:).....
Until this past week,I have felt confident about my marathon plan. I don't have a DEFINITE plan yet but John and I have thrown around the idea of 7:20ish for my MP.
Here's my dealio:
If I was running Eugene (which was plan B if I didn't select Boston), I would feel confident in saying that I think 100% I could run a 3:15 there....I really think I could do that...
BUT...yes here comes the BIG BUTT.......
I am feeling extremely inadequate about Boston!! I don't have many if any hills to run on my side of town, and even the wimpiest hills will take it out of me....
I have read some cool stuff lately about strategy on the Boston course that I plan to MEMORIZE and follow to a T as to not shoot my self in the foot and burn out the last 6 miles but STILL, I am feeling like
"What the crap am I thinking? I can't run 7:20-7:30 pace on the BOSTON COURSE! are you nuts?"
I have heard from so many people that Boston kicked their butt, but I also know that I have heard from many good resources HOW boston will kick your butt and how to avoid it...so maybe I will get lucky? or is that being Naive? what makes me any better than all of you who struggled with Boston? I have all kinds of voices in my head telling me I'm just not good enough for what I want to try for....
What would you do? do I adjust my plan and lower my goals or tell this ugly voice in my head to take a hike and press on believing that I will be capable of more than I think i am right now?.....
p.s I am not going into race day "just seeing how it feels" ...cause if I do that I will stay "comfortable' the whole time...I am the type of person that NEEDS a goal to motivate myself.