Training Plan Thoughts
I don’t know if anybody looked at the training plan page (I already took it down) during the process, but if you did, you’d have noticed I got most of my runs in, but not necessarily on the planned days, and you’d have also noticed I managed to get almost no cross training or strength training in.
Work has been crazy busy and I haven’t really felt like I could take the time to go to the gym at lunch which is pretty much my only time for gym activities like weights, elliptical, etc. Runs are a different story because I can put Nolan in the stroller and do them after work.
My longest run was 5 miles two weeks before the race. I attempted to do 5.5 the week before, but SOMEONE was over it at 4.5 miles.
This one won second place for best group costume. When the sub “came apart” the Beatles’ faces were painted in portholes. Also they had bubble guns, which was pretty cool.
This one, though? This one was awesome! I thought it was just a Sleepy Hollow costume, but I looked on the Wicked’s website and it was a group costume with like 10 people all dressed as Johnny Depp in his various roles. They won first place for group costume, of course!
The race started at 8AM and, as usual, I made the mistake of dressing for the 30 minutes before the race instead of the actual race, which meant if I didn’t think it would blind other runners I seriously considered stripping off my shirt(s) at multiple points.
My Garmin didn’t charge (and now won’t charge at all :() so I didn’t know my pace. I had debated not wearing it anyway to see what my body could do without my head interfering (thinking about what I HAD been running at vs. what I COULD run at).
At one point I thought we were approaching the 4 mile mark and I hadn’t actually seen any mile markers, yet. I caught up to someone with a GPS watch one and she told me we were at 2.95 miles. O_o Not the answer I was going for.
But I kept at it, feeling slow, with a stitch in my side, which thankfully went away eventually. The race course has you run down to Atlantic Ave. from the Conference Center, take a right, then onto the boardwalk then back onto Atlantic. Oh, Lord, that last run down Atlantic was hard and I was like WHEN DOES THIS END!? I looked down the road to my right at one point (with a view of the boardwalk) and saw the 5 mile marker, only we were still on Atlantic and I couldn’t see where people were turning to get on the boardwalk. Ugh.
Finally we made it onto the board walk. Only 20 blocks to go. Ha. There was a water station and I decided to walk through it, i.e. grab a water (two actually) and walk until I was past the water station and then run again. I NEVER do this because I usually feel terrible after walking in the middle of a race. But that day, it was exactly what I needed to make it that last mile or so.
I picked up the pace and made it through the finish line, collecting my medal, hat and banana. I felt rough, but not as rough as the girl puking in the trash can that I passed.
Then I looked on Athlinks (see the Race Results page) and realized I PR’d!!! What!? I guess that’s why it was so hard. I was pushing hard.
Finally we grabbed some breakfast and enjoyed a beautiful view on a beautiful day.
Thank for all the encouragement and well wishes on Facebook. Next up is a 5K in November with Josh and I’m also hoping to do a 5 miler in December, but it’s possible we’ll be out of town. After that…half-marathon training. Hold me. I’m scared.