Dopey week neun.

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The weeks seem to be flying by and I think fall is officially here to stay now… and winter not far behind :( This time of year always makes me a little antsy to start planning trips or something to distract myself from the cold!  But knowing that Florida is only 11 weeks away makes it a little less painful (however, 40’s would be just fine for the morning temp during all of Dopey, just saying).

Monday: 3 mile easy SLOW run. {insert more complaining about why I can’t seem to run any faster than the speed of the growth of stalagmite}

evening: test day at swimming! Killed me! I again picked the 10 x 100 meter option and actually felt much better than last time (PROGRESS!!)  I was even able to finish two of the 100’s in under 1:30!  I could not even walk after this though so that was fun :)

Tuesday: 6 mile run in the dark.  SLOWAGAINSHOCKERIKNOW. And also I somehow was spacing out and not looking where I was going and caught my toe on one of those sidewalk bits that sticks up and fell on both knees and both hands (including one hand holding my phone, THANK YOU OTTERBOX!).  It kind of hurt but not so much so I kept running but then when I got home, it started to sting so bad!  I think the cold must have numbed it a little bit or something.  Time to buy a headlamp I think.

Wednesday: Nadda

Thursday: Nope

Friday: 6 mile run.  This was probably one of my worst runs in a long time (which is saying something since none of them have been good lately but this was worse).  I at least found a 6 mile route near my house that’s not too terrible to do in the dark and is about 90% sidewalks or neighborhoods!

Saturday: 3 miles before leaving my house and the worst half marathon I have ever done.  I will do a more thorough recap soon but I want to understand what the race organizers were thinking with this route… Let’s just say that I don’t enjoy running on the side of a highway ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!

The photographers did a nice job this time at least!

The photographers did a nice job this time at least!

That face about sums up my experience.

Total Mileage: 31

Total number of races I will never, ever do again: 1

Dopey week eight.

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This week felt a little bit better… not any faster but the lead-leg feeling seems to have gone away so I will take what I can get!  I also keep meaning to go to the gym but I hadn’t been able to force myself inside just yet.  But then it POURED on Wednesday so I got to remember how much I love (sarcasm) running on treadmills!

Monday: Second to last swimming lesson of this session.  It was a good night and I felt like I could do things.  It’s so hit or miss for me on whether I feel like I’m drowning or flying through the water.  I still have massive doubts on swimming longer distances… maybe this weekend I will venture to the gym and try a longer distance swim, just to see.

Tuesday: 3 mile run in the morning.  No lead-leg feelings but no speed-demon feelings either.  Just a pretty basic (warm!) run.

Evening: 15-20 minutes of upper body weight lifting so I can do better at carrying my SUPERHEAVY water bottle.

Wednesday: 6 mile pace run on the treadmill.  Slow mile warm up and slow cool down with 4 miles at about 9:30 in between.  9:30 on the treadmill does not feel hard so WHY does 11:00 feel difficult on the sidewalk… (that’s rhetorical)

Thursday: 3 mile run.  Little faster than Tuesday’s 3-miler so that always seems good after a 3-day running streak!

Evening: Swimming that was challenging and left me feeling like I was going to pass out?! Not sure what that was about.  Probably trying to hold my breath too long :)  I had to have swum about a mile this night because we did a ton of 50 meter repeats plus about 800 meters for the warmup alone!

Friday: Rest!

Saturday: 9 mile run in the rain!  It’s been quite some time since I had to run in the rain and I forgot how really not fun that is… I was no where near fast but I felt good when I was done with this run but it’s still disappointing to think my pace will likely slow down even more once I get into the really long runs.  I still don’t know what happened unless my legs just got really good at holding back during training runs to run fast in races?  But I am doubtful that is the case.

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Sunday: Rest.  Because I was too lazy to ride my bike like I was supposed to.  Oops!

Total mileage: 21 miles

Next weekend I have a half marathon (my last for 2014) and another 3 miles to run before that so that should be interesting.  Hopefully the weather cooperates a little more than it did this Saturday!  I also don’t want to overdo it at the half so I am not really sure what pace to target but I guess I will just see how I feel next weekend.  I can’t believe it’s only 12 more weeks until Dopey!!  This training cycle is flying by!

I will fight through this.

So a strange thing happened the other day.  I looked back through my last marathon/half marathon training posts and found an interesting re-occurrence… I like to whine and complain about how horrible it is and then just quit training when it gets hard but then still run the race (painfully).  Hmmmm, that sounds nothing like my last few posts AT ALL!  So I have decided I need to keep pushing myself forward in my Dopey training and just make myself keep getting out there and hope that soon I start to feel like I can actually do this thing.

I am also wondering if part of my dead-legs problem is swimming?  The swim workouts I do are very challenging and I am not used to swimming so maybe it is just wearing my legs out more than I realize.  I have also been still trying to lift weights and do squats, etc. but maybe I should take a break from that to see if I can get rid of this feeling.  It’s worth a shot I guess!

I really, really, really don’t want to have another marathon experience like Disney in 2013 and I think part of what is holding me back is fear of a repeat of that run.  So painful and felt like it took 6,000 years.  It is by far the longest six hours of my life and I REALLY don’t want this marathon in January to take anything close to six hours to complete.

Never. Running. Again.

Never. Running. Again.

So I will keep doing my runs as long as nothing hurts and maybe stop wearing my watch/looking at my pace.  It really doesn’t matter what pace I keep if I can finish 48.6 miles but right now I am too used to my faster races over the summer and wanting that to keep going.  But it’s time to shift my focus and just STOP complaining and just run.

Dopey will be here before I know and I am sure by the time it’s done, I will be wanting to sign up for another marathon within a week :)

Dopey Week 7.

Another awful mediocre week of training and one that really has me considering just calling it quits on marathon training… maybe just run the 5k, 10k and half marathon or something like that.  Or maybe just skip them all! (No, I won’t really do this, just much dramatic)

Monday: Swimming lessons.  I actually felt a little faster than normal this night because I had a full rest weekend the days before so my legs were fresher than normal!  I also didn’t get another calf cramp so that’s good news!…

Tuesday: The bad news is running sucks.  I couldn’t sleep Monday night so I skipped morning running in favor of running after work and that was a horrible choice.  I made it about 1/2 mile before I wanted to turn around and never run again.  I slogged through three miles, hating every single one.

Wednesday: Another craptastic run, 11 minutes miles, WHY!?!?!?!?! This is not OK. 5 miles should not take me over 55 minutes, no, no, no.  I don’t like every run taking me a good 5 minutes or more longer than it was this spring.  It feels like I am perpetually running at 8,000 feet in elevation with bricks strapped to my legs.  Such an awesome feeling.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Painfully slow five miler but the scenery was really pretty!! I do like the views of running in autumn!

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Sunday: The first real long run of marathon training and… I survived.  I wouldn’t say it was easy and I am still scared about doing another 11 miles past this but I do feel like this was a large hurdle I am now on the other side of.  From here on out, it’s just one more mile and one more mile until 20 miles and then race day.  I was slow again (shocker) but actually kept a faster pace than my five miler earlier in the week so I guess that’s progress.  My legs did feel incredibly tired after running and I thought my arms were going to fall off from holding my phone and water bottle.  My forearms are STILL SORE TODAY!?

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I am glad I am now in the marathon training routine that will follow me the next 13 or something weeks of double long run weekend, weekend off, repeat.  I think it will help to not have so much time off between long runs going forward.

And just because.

And just because.

Fall Race Binge.

When I want to sign up for a race, I never sign up for just one.  It’s like RUN ALL THE RACES RIGHT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW.

I thought I was going to be good and not sign up for many fall races because I am kind of hating running right now but… (bahahhhhhahahahahahaha) of course I still signed up because I apparently enjoy making myself miserable.

The medal looks cool!

The medal looks cool!

First up: Skeleton Skamper Half Marathon.  I need to run 16 miles this day so I will be able to tag a few extra on before or after to get me there.  This will also be my FIFTH half marathon this year – yikes.  I am still on the fence about a costume or no costume.

President’s Run.  I ran this one (not very well) back in 2010 or something like that but I am hoping to finish slightly faster this time ;)  However, that could be overly optimistic.  I like running in this area so I will get to run around my old school grounds and see how things have changed (spoiler alert, they changed a lot – there is now a baseball stadium on the grounds).

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Festival Foods Turkey Trot.  This will be my third time doing this race.  I think I am going with the 5 mile option but I am a little tempted to do the dog jog one again so I can run with my little guy :)  Too bad the 2 mile is not late enough I could do both!  I set my 5 mile PR at this race in 2011 so I know it’s a good course, just a matter of what my legs are capable come November.

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Santa Hustle.  One of my co-workers talked me into this one.  I get to dress up like a Santa and run around.  That sounds pretty fun :)  I think I need to run like 9 miles this day so I will doing a nice long warm up before it I guess!

Despite not being super excited by running at the moment, I am looking forward to these races!! Holiday-themed races are always my very favorite :)

Dopey Week 6.

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Even though it’s been six weeks now, I still don’t actually feel like I have been doing any training at all.  It was tapering for Fox Cities, then a rest week and then last weekend I missed a run because I got an awful calf cramp from swimming that took FOUR DAYS TO GO AWAY.  I swear I have some sort of marathon running curse.  I just don’t understand why it’s so difficult for me to get my shit together to train.  But it is.  I feel like last week was a total bust but I am blogging it anyway so I can look back and see either a) why things go poorly in January or b) that everything doesn’t have to go well along the way for it to turn out OK in the end.

Monday: Swimming lessons that included more video taping in and out of the pool.  Shudder.  I think I get swimming anxiety when I know I am going to have to watch myself and just do all the things wrong.

Tuesday: 3 miles at a snail pace.  Why is 11 minutes my new training pace?  Overtraining only happens when one can actually run a few weeks in a row so I’m guessing that’s probably not my issue at this point but I really don’t know what is.  Also threw in about 15 minutes of weights.

Wednesday: 5 miles a little faster average than Tuesday, probably about 10 minute pace on average. I just really, really, really am hating running in the dark though and it’s not getting any better.  So I guess I need to start dragging my butt to the gym in the mornings but it’s just SO early and I am such a whiner. It also didn’t help that the 5 mile route that I like was off limits because I knew there was a dead skunk along the way – ewwwwww! I couldn’t even drive that way, let alone run past it!

Thursday: 3 miles.  Slow AGAIN. Blah, blah, blah.

Swimming in the evening that turned into more whining because I got the WORST CALF CRAMP EVER. I pretty much spent 15 minutes walking around trying to get it to go away and then the rest of the time swimming with one leg or no legs.  That worked really well.

Friday: Rest and hobble all day because my leg still hurt.

Saturday: I was supposed to run 8 miles but since I still could not even walk, I pushed that off for Sunday and rode my bike on the trainer for 45ish minutes.  I need to find a way to get a book set up for reading while I do this because my system I have right now is pretty special.

Sunday: Still couldn’t walk right and now had no motivation to run so I skipped it and instead spent the time re-doing my training plan and questioning whether I should even attempt marathon training or not.  I did finally force myself to do a weight DVD that evening but eh, my heart is just not into running/working out right now.

Total mileage was a pathetic 11 miles.  You need to run more than that to train for a 5k…. arg. Must. shake. off. this. funk.

This coming weekend is the true test because Saturday is a 5 mile run and Sunday is 15!!!!! I haven’t run more than 11 miles in a training run in 2 years so yeah, not feeling super confident in this whole thing at the moment.

It’s going to get better from here on out, right?????

Dopey Week 4 and 5.

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This race keeps getting closer and closer and I keep feeling less and less ready for the pesky marathon bit.

Side note: HP World should have a DOBBY CHALLENGE! I’d be all over that too ;)

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I was a slacker and never posted anything last week but I also didn’t do any workouts last week so there would be little to recap about that so let’s just combine everything together and I will be caught up.

Week of 9/15

Monday: Swim lessons are BACK! It was not a great workout lessons as it was the first week again and I am still in the novice bit instead of the intermediate because I am not quite ready to make that jump.  Hopefully in the future weeks this gets better and more challenging.  There were also way too many people there tonight, FOUR IN EACH LANE!

Tuesday: 3 miles slow and weights circuit in the basement.  I didn’t actually use weights but did a circuit of wall sits, pushups and planks and that hurt!

Wednesday: 5 mile run that was so dark and I got super creeped out on multiple occasions on this run.  I either have to run on roads with cars or run all alone in a park/on the trail and it’s pretty much picking the lesser of two evils…

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Fox Cities Half Marathon!

Week of 9/22

Monday was swim lessons and Thursday was Masters swim practice but other than that, I was so lazy this week and didn’t even go on walks or anything.  I guess it was recovery from my big PR in Fox Cities :)

And now it’s time to really get my butt in gear and start doing my Dopey training.  I am already dreading the 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 miles runs.  Uh oh…