Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up: From Horrible to Spectacular (and Spartan Race Winner!)

Business first: If you are here to check who won the Spartan Race giveaway, it was Jennifer! I wrote everyone's name on a slip of paper (one paper for each entry) and had my daughter help me cut them out and pick a winner. Thanks again to everyone who entered, that was a lot of fun for me to host a giveaway!

So, anyways, back to the grind. This is quite possibly the most bi-polar week of running I have ever had. Every run was downright brutal during the week. Like, struggling through 3 miles brutal. Questioning my ability to run at all, let alone run a marathon in less than two weeks.

Aside from typical busy-ness, I have just lost all my mental toughness. Yes, my body could have run farther. My mind could not. Usually it's the other way around (and I get myself in to trouble), so it was particularly difficult to come to terms with this turn of events.

Total Miles Run: 25-ish

So, on Monday I did yoga. On Friday I did yoga again. Every yoga class I attend is completely glorious. 

I ran on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Each run was just over 3 miles. They were each awful.

I did exactly zero strength workouts. 

But here's the thing: I ran for 3 1/2 hours on Sunday. And I felt amazing every single second of that run. I went almost 15 miles (darn Garmin). Last time I ran that same route my Garmin read 14.6, so I will go by that. 

I made a plan to meet Stacey at Cougar Mountain at 7:00 am on Sunday. At first I thought this was pretty a sucky start time, but then hey, daylight savings time! So it was a perfect. We ran just over 10 miles together, which was what I had on my (totally made up) training plan. Then, for the first time ever, I thought, "you know what? I'm not done with this run." and left Stacey at her car and headed out for about four more miles on my own. Was running for 3 1/2 hours the best thing for my body to do two weeks out from a marathon? Eh, probably not? However, my mind absolutely needed that run. Finishing that run feeling so great gave me 100% confidence that I can run a marathon.

Photo of me running at Cougar Mountain, taken by Stacey.

Can. Not. Wait. for November 15th! 

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