Marathon training has been a test of my wills! This is actually harder than child birth to me.. and I did that 3x.. will I train for another marathon.. nah playa I DOUBT THAT.. well maybe only ONE more but we shall see.. moving on..
This weekend I did my 20 mile training run. I will be honest I was SCARED why because I have been worrying about “beating the bridge” since about week 7 when training wasn’t going how I would have liked. My training partner and boo for life was like WE GOT THIS you straight.. OK.. she said it not me.. lol.. training runs we haven’t really pushed the pace because we aren’t trying to get hurt. Even when we ran the Air Force Half Marathon a week ago we didn’t push the pace and walked 3 miles because I had begun to cramp/swell during the race. All of these runs have taught me so much about myself.. my body, my mind and damn sure my spirit.
I had already said a few weeks ago.. this 20 miler would make or break me and I’m almost made I didn’t do two 20 milers one earlier in training and then this one to see where I improved.. but again.. that’s just me THINKING lol.. If I were in better “physical” shape I probably would have done that.
So besides the obvious I’m “heavier” than I would like to be and I have that nagging Achilles injury from 2 years ago that is still making its presence known as a strain these days.. I had my concerns… I did all of the preventative things I could before my run and I was feeling good. Comfortable pace and 2 bathroom stops and next thing we were at mile 13 in 3 hours. COOL BEANS.. we rocking and rolling baby! Then I began to feel nauseous and light headed about mile 14 and by mile 15 had to STOP.. I wanted to rip my clothes off!!! I seriously called out to Jesus and asked WHY A HOT FLASH NOW???? I took my hat off.. if I had on a tank I would have taken off my short sleeve shirt.. lord I needed a cool hot towel BAD.. lol hell I contemplated jumping into that lil creek I was near.. that’s how hot I was.. I NEEDED RELIEF!!! My partner was like relax you gone work yourself up to an anxiety attack.. just chill boo come on let’s walk this off.. Mmmm okay and we walk…
Mile 16.. we pick back up running.. hell we off schedule a lil bit but we are back running and back to feeling ok.. as we head back I notice the trails are getting more crowded.. oh it must be mid morning then.. lord the bridges.. ok folks you see us coming.. you hear us say excuse me.. runners on your left.. then we are back downtown in the thick of the damn mall area.. tourists left and right, races finishing up.. whew chile folks just don’t get it!!! my polite excuse me went to grunts.. and watching folks scurry away.. again Runner on your left/right whichever side was easier for me to get by.. and still nothing.. Well a few got that Brooklyn Bump hey I can be an A**HOLE to you know.. I try to contain it but hey sometimes it has to come out..
My partner says that’s us just up ahead boo.. cross the street and we are done.. I swear I tried to sprint but had nothing left in me.. and was sooooooooooooooooooooooo mad at that red light I had to obey and couldn’t get across the street any sooner! LOL
All I could think about was I just need to do this under 5 hours.. under 5 hours.. and I did.. and I’m thankful.. I “beat the bridge” so to speak by a minute.. but on race day I will be better prepared.. and will not have the same issues and I will be “racing” versus just covering the miles.
I did see the disciples at the pearly gates but Jesus gave me the head nod and said the finish is just up the road so it wasn’t my time to enter yesterday.. LOL
Recovery was a decent meal, water and sleep.. followed by an ice bath and more food.. No Fred Sanford walking and I did all my errands yesterday and had quality time with my fam..
yup.. I ran 20 miles on purpose and live to tell about it and still be encouraged and excited for race day..
MCM 40th Anniversary Race.. I’m coming for ya.. I will become apart of that 1% and be a MARATHONER on 10.25.15… one year post surgery and 5 mos after my birthday..
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