Saturday, September 5, 2015

Getting down to the nitty gritty!!!

As you can see , I have posted a countdown now to the NYC marathon!  Getting down to the nitty gritty now.  Am I getting nervous?   You bet I am.  I think my biggest fear right now, is something unforeseen happening, like an illness or an injury that would sideline me.  I am thinking positive, but I can't seem to stop these thoughts from entering my little brain..most people experience this I would think.

Three weeks ago I traveled to Detroit to do my scheduled 20-miler on the trail with my bestest running friend, Lisa.  For this venture I purchased a Nathan hydration vest/backpack.  The jury is still out on how I liked it.  Took quite a bit of adjusting, as the backpack seemed to lay to far down my back and pulled on my shoulders.  Lisa did some tucks with safety pins and it felt better, but still not real comfortable.  However it was nice to have a drink whenever I needed without having to carry a handheld or something around my waist, both of which I have used in the past and not with very much success.  Anyway, we set out around 8:30 in the morning, looking like we were going out on an expedition according to one observer.  The gentleman was a biker and Lisa said " Well we are going for a 20-mile run"  I think he was suitably chagrined to have mentioned anything!  I usually use Jeff Galloway's run/walk method, but not really necessary here as the trail kept me stopping anyway.  I have run one trail before and I really loved it.  It was full of roots and hills, but not that many other obstacles other then having to move off the trail for the bikers, but for whatever reason, I did not do as well this time.  To get in the 20 miles we had to do the trail twice.  I fell near the end of the first loop around, just a couple bruised knees and scraped elbow...nothing broken, like the wrist last August thank goodness.  When we finished the first 10 and were taking a rest at the car Lisa asked if I wanted to continue with the trail or go on a more tame 10-miler, but I opted for doing the trail again. Really pooped out the second time around.  At times I did not think I would finish, but once you are out there whatcha gonna do???  Not much choice but to keep going.  A LOT of walking this time.  but we finished.  I could not wait to get the backpack off!  I think it took like 7 hours, which is awful time, but Lisa kept reminding me it was a trail and it was hot an humid.  We rested a little, I had a Diet Coke, some fruit and some nuts...( we also each had a beer)  don't tell we were in a public park!  On the way home in the car this feeling washed over me and I said to Lisa, you are going to have to pull over I think I am going to be sick.  I did not get sick, but had to get out of the car and just had to lie down on the can imagine what cars thought that were driving by!!!  Probably thought Lisa had hit me with the car!  I knew I would be alright, this happens to me sometimes when I run a long distance and I recover and I did , in about 15 minutes.  I don't know why this happens, I stayed hydrated, we rested , ate and drank afterwards and I was fine up until that ride home.

Now tomorrow I am scheduled for a 23- miler.  I am doing this here in my town, not wearing backpack, will be able to stop off at home for refreshment or run into a local store if not near home.  Supposed to be really hot and humid though, so planning on leaving early.  I will do what I can and if it isn't 23 miles I still have about 7 weeks until the marathon.  My head is going to be the problem tomorrow......I kind of get those negative thoughts when I start tiring.  You all know those thoughts...".You can't do this, your back hurts, you can't do anything right"  Yeah well...yes I can , so there!!!!!!

I will try to be better about writing my progress up to the marathon.

Above is a portion of the trail and below that evening, which was much more fun!!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My road to NYC!

Okay, I just hit a button  on my computer and my whole post disappeared , I had just written that I woke up in a funk  and that little incident did not help my , already not so great, mood!  How does one wake up in a bad mood?  Could be because I overslept , by just enough, to not be able to get my run in.  That always irritates me, I never use an alarm, just wake up when I should, usually!  My kind of weather too, love the heat, even the humidity.  I know, I know, I am one of those weird personalities that thrive in this kind of weather.  When others are running for the air conditioning I am sitting in the sun, or on the front porch , reading a book.  If I run early in the morning, I love the feeling when I get home with sweat streaming down my back....I feel energized.  Definitely live in the wrong part of the country, where 6 of our months are winter, but maybe if I had this weather all the time I would not enjoy it as much.

I am now training for the NYC marathon on November 1.  Never thought I would contemplate running another marathon, but NYC is one that I have always wanted to do, so I went for it.  Did not get picked for the lottery, so I am running with team in training for leukemia, lymphoma, blood disease.  Make' this marathon even more  important to me.  I have a coworker who is a survivor and expecting his 3rd child in a month or two and my best friend's sister passed away from a form of leukemia a year or so ago.  For the first time , I am training with the Jeff Galloway walk/run method.  With the longer distances this is the only way I will make it to the end.  When I first started this method I felt like I was cheating with the walk breaks, but hey I will cover those 26.2 miles exactly like the winner of the marathon will....just a "tad" slower!! Like they say, "a mile is a mile, is a mile" My training has been going pretty well.  Had a 17 miler this past Sunday.  Did great until around mile 13, then I started to wear down.  It was hot, but that usually doesn't bother me.  My back was really hurting, I had to keep stopping to try and stretch it out or something, but nothing worked, so walked a lot the last 4 miles, but I did get it done.  The good news was that I had no cramping.  I have been having trouble with my calves cramping around mile 9, but I avoided that particular pleasure this time anyway.  I really think it is the walk breaks that are helping me with the cramping problem.  One of the aspects of Jeff Galloway marathon training is that it is a long program, that being said, I have 2 weeks now of low mileage , my next long run will be 20 miles, but the recovery weeks really help and he only has you run twice a week for at least 30 minutes.  This sounds like it would not be enough, but it really works!  I do some cross training, like weights and I go to the gym and do the bike for 1/2 an hour, but I am not as consistent at that as I should be.  I cannot do the 5-7 day a week running as I could in my younger years, just can't do it, so this is working great for me.

Ran the Cedar Point Run and Ride half marathon again in June, did okay, enough to place 2nd in age group (don't ask how many in age group, LOL)  hey, it's an accomplishment to be running at 65, right???  right????  Planning on running another half in September, not sure which one yet and the Columbus Oh. Half in October.

I am going to try and keep up with my blog for now on.  We'll see how that works out.  I try!!!

I will be posting a lot more about my NYC venture, but here is a link to my fundraising page!  We want to cure this disease in our lifetime.