And im back! I meant to post this before I left but with all of the drama of our cancelled flights-there were more stressful matters to deal with!
I'm in taper town!!! no more hard runs until GSG in less than 2 weeks!
Overall, it went well and I'm so happy I did a full 26 while standard programs don't get above 20. Would I do it again? For dopey-yes because that extra 6 miles is a lot. For regular marathons, I don't think I would go over 22 as after that was when the pain set in and it took a full week for me to feel better. But as always-never say never!
Now a full recap of how my run went and what I learned
6:30 AM-fitbit went off and I wanted to cry. I was exhausted from the day before (woke up at 6, worked from 7-3, drove and tutored from 4-6, Devin's bday party celebration from 630-930 and then olympic watching until 1130). Not to mention me working until 730 2 nights in a row and then getting back from traveling. just busy busy busy but I knew this would be a good way to learn what my body can handle. And I did learn as long as I sleep 7 hours, I can function. I need 8 to function well.
Got up and got dressed and started making my food- ezkiel bread with peanut butter, half a banana, coffee with a splash of milk (I thought coconut oil and/or butter would be a bit much on my stomach). a bit of water and gatorade.
I watched the beginning of the olympics that I missed before and read the paper. I wanted to make sure I had time to digest so I wouldn't get cramps.
7:55 AM- out to the car to drive to the Rose Bowl.
it was the flea market so I knew i needed a good head start on the crowd. it was a nice and easy drive over there and I parked in a new spot and it was only about 20 cars from the course. I organized myself and my trunk and loaded up my car fob and
some shot bloks to take with me on the course.
run around the Rose Bowl 8 times (knowing i would only need the final lap for half way so I could just walk it back to my car)
I planned on stopping at the car once every lap to grab a sip of Gatorade so I could start early and not get cramps like I did on the 20 miler. I also planned at stopping at both water fountains on the course so I wouldn't have to carry a bottle with me. I also had on a long sleeve shirt and wanted to keep it on at least 6 miles as it was chilly in the beginning (I couldn't feel my fingers for the first few miles-it was in the 50s and windy).
8:15ish-OFF I GO!
slow and steady was the plan.
: oh no! My iPod reset! :/ luckily I knew I was at mile 3 but I learned my lesson because when I skip through songs more than 1-2 every few, it just restarts. As much as I wanted to listen to frozen I had to just deal with a regular playlist so I wouldn't risk losing my time and distance. I knew I had gone about 36 min so I added that to my final total.
MILE 4: took my first clif shot blok and tried a new flavor-tropical punch. It was different and good-I liked it and plan on using it again.
MILE 6: stopped at the car to take off my long sleeve shirt and people were staring as everyone else was bundled up. The flea market is great because there are less people using the track but bad because there's a lot of starting and stopping with card trying to park.
MILE 7.5: took a margarita shot blok and try and beat cramps in my legs
MILE 9: yeah that didn't work much so I pulled to the side and stretched my calves since they were tight. The same thing happened with half and just simple stretching helped a lot. Took another margarita shot blok just incase. After a few minutes, cramps were gone :)
MILE 10: pee break and it took less than 2 minutes but I want to learn to go faster!
MILE 13: half done! I think my split was around 2:36 which is pretty good for all of my breaks. I'm feeling pretty Good. However this is where my Math starts to get wonky. I wasn't stopping the clock and timer when I got water, used the bathroom or went to the car for more than 2 minutes (eating took too long so I stopped). Because of this, my distance was going faster than I expected. Also the rosé bowl online is posted as both being 3.1 and 3.3 so I'm off. I decided to stick with about 3.2 or 3.3 because I was adding at least .1 by going on these breaks.
Also this is where some weird guys tried to talk to me and I just ignored them. They thought they were funny and I thought they were really rude!
MILE 16: since my iPod was set to 23 miles instead of 26 the math got me messed plus adding what was above. Anyways, here is where I realized I thought I had less miles than I did. Hard to explain but this is why I need to know how far I've gone! Also the math made my taking shot bloks more wonky. I learned to follow it more closely in a race.
MILE 16.5: turbo clif shot. I wanted the espresso but the running store didn't sell them so I bought this one with double caffeine. Sadly it tasted like burnt coffee :/ I don't plan on using it again and I hope I can find espresso soon!
MILE 17- bathroom break and it was much faster.
MILE 18-cramps are back! :/ exactly 9 miles later so I did some stretching and took another margarita shot blok. I made sure to down some powerade and eat more of my banana.
A note about food: it was hard for me to eat while running. I didn't want it and I was worried about cramps. I'm thinking when I'm offered food, I should eat part of it and then see how it goes. I feel like my fuel is enough calories but then, as I will mention later, the bloks got to me and I felt very nauseous. I will need to some research on food and what to use.
MILE 20-no mans land! The margarita sb and powerade helped with cramps. A 10k left-let's do this!
MILE 21-major mind games here. It was starting to really hurt and even Though I kept my same interval of 2 min:37 sec, I felt like I was moving in slow motion and my legs were heavy. I was beginning to doubt myself and the lack of math skills wasn't helping either! I took another margarita sb to see if it would help with the heavy legs (something I've never experience before!)
MILE 23- last pee break which was about 45 seconds and much needed. I also had major leg issues here as the traffic patterns were crazy. I stopped for a full 1.5 min and my legs were starting to give out and had to start walking in circles so my legs wouldn't shut down. The guy noticed I wasn't doing so well so he let a group of us go.
This is also where-on my last lap I was taking crazy stop breaks. My legs were heavy and I couldn't go for more than 60-80 secs of running. I was about to cry-I felt horrible, heavy legs, nauseous from all of the sugar but wanted to power through. Running the same course was becoming very boring as well :/
MILE 25- the best decision occurred here. It dawned on me that I should try and switch to a smaller interval to allow my legs to recover. I decided to try it for 5 tries and I did 1 min running: 20 sec walking. And IT WORKED! Heavy legs were gone! Energy was up! Yes!!! I'm gonna finish this!
MILE 26: I FINISHED! Time according to my iPod was 5:11 but I knew I needed to at least finish the lap and finished in 5:20 which averages out to about 12 min miles with stops and breaks and everything else. I finished 8 complete laps around the rosé bowl.
Overall I am very pleased with my time since it included all water breaks that were standing still so I feel I can reach my goal of 5:15. Honestly as long as I am under 5:30, I will be good! :)
WHAT I LEARNED:
1. how to fuel
I need to do shot bloks every 4 miles and then a margaita shot blok ever 6-7 miles. They margarita is to much sure I have enough sodium going into my body and they need to be separate from regular fueling.
2. i don't need as much liquid as I think I do.
I was only drinking every 1.5 miles ad I never really felt thirsty which is great to know. i feel like at disney races, i may drink a bit too much because the amount you get in your cup varies from volunteer to volunteer.
I need to monitor that especially if it isn't a humid or hot race day.
I loved my 2 min:37 sec interval. Why the weird numbers? I was doing a 40 sec walk and decided I want to get it down to 30 seconds soon but i knew jumping from 40 to 30 would not end well so I choose 37 and plan on working it done over the next few months. however around mile 22, my legs were not in it even though i was keeping up the same speed. i switched to a 1 min: 20 sec for the last mile and a half and my time improved greatly. I need to remember to switch to a smaller interval later in the run to allow for my legs to recover a bit better and not have to waste too much time walking
4. pee breaks
I think i am going to need 3 pee breaks with the amount of liquid I consume. I need to keep this in mind as I ran almost a full lap needing to pee and it definitely effected my performance
. I will be studying the map to determine where my pee breaks will be
5. New music
I definitely need new music or bring back old music as a motivation for a long run like this. The same music I've been listening to for years (it is a long playlist) can
make it seem even more boring. I added an old playlist and it really helped to elevate my mood
Even though it was a long time, running the same course over and over was mentally boring. I tried to keep myself occupied. I think a race course would be entertaining enough to keep me from getting bored
7. clif gels and running
I need to be careful how many I am taking and which ones have caffeine and how much. I think I took too many with caffeine which caused my nausea. I also think the double turbo shot was a bit much.
8. food after
I forced myself to eat a banana and drink water and powerade. I wasn't hungry until after I got home and showered and then ate steadily throughout the day. I mostly was craving carbs.
No fun! I need to be careful with my leg cramps and stomach cramps. I think drinking less liquid than I think (1 cup is plenty!) I will hopefully avoid that. Also my calf stretches are quick and easy and work. I need to go back and review chi running as my calves shouldn't be hurting.
10. have fun!
Yes-this is most important! Yes a lot of research and work goes into this but it's also important to remember its all about the fun! Finishing a marathon is going to be one of the biggest accomplishments of my life and I need to enjoy the ride!
That's it for my recap. Overall I was happy with it! So glad to be in TAPERTOWN and can't wait to run GSG this weekend!