Marathon Tomorrow!!

I run the Bob Potts Marathon tomorrow!! Woo hoo!  I’ve been training for this marathon for the past 18 weeks and tomorrow is finally the big day!  The race is an out and back on a trail trail and finishes at a college stadium.  I really hope everything goes well and my friend Amy and I finish together!! It is supposed to be HOT HOT HOT, so I am trying to get my race day outfit together.  I ordered this tank top a few weeks ago for the race…

Brooks Glycerin tank – I already have this one in a black and white print but I wanted to order it in a bigger size so it was a bit longer.  I ran in it last weekend and really liked it.  I love that it has a zipper pocket in the back.

Some things I’m loving this week:

CARBS

shrimp risotto

Mini bagels!

(I’m probably carbing up a bit much, but I like the excuse) I’ve been loving the white pasta a lot this week.

I’m loving my black sparkle TOMS and wore them almost every day to school this week. They are SO comfortable! When I first got them, they rubbed on the back of my heel a bit, so I wore socks with them in the winter.  I guess they just needed to stretch out a little, so they are perfect now and I really want a new summery lighter color.

Also loving the low mileage from this past week.  I ran 3.5 and 2.5 this week and loved taking it easy on the treadmill.  I really wanted to do some Yoga this week, but it always makes me sore when I’m not used to it so I avoided it.  I hope my legs feel fresh tomorrow!

Loving the great sleep I’ve been having over the past two weeks.  After my body calmed down after the 20 miler, I started sleeping again.  I was really having trouble staying asleep throughout the entire night when my mileage was higher, but it has been so much better the past two weeks.  I’m sure the marathon will upset my sleep patterns for the next few nights, but that’s okay.

Hungry All The Time

Tuesday: 2 mile walk and 20 minute YogaDownload video on YouTube

Wednesday: 6 miles (58:09)

I could not get myself to run yesterday.  I always take Monday off and I was just so exhausted after school yesterday, I just came home and sat on the couch.  I convinced myself I could just go for a walk and do some yoga to stretch out my legs and it would be okay.  I have not been following my training plan very well this spring, between the pulled calf muscle and just feeling too busy I haven’t been able to run as much as I should.  After I hurt my calf and took off a full week, I almost always took off one of my shorter mid-week runs each week.  I always did the mid-week long and the weekend long.  So, I would not suggest trying to train for a marathon this way, because it almost always ends in injury.  Luckily, the race is soon and I my legs are feeling pretty good.

I forgot to post this picture with my 20 mile post, but this was the food I packed to take with me to the rail trail for my 20 miles last Saturday.  I am loving the mini bagels with Peanut Butter and Co (best peanut butter ever… and now Target sells it!!!) and had one next to my bed to eat at 5:30 am Saturday morning before I went downstairs at 6am to try to eat some oatmeal.

Love my lemon-lime gatorade, vanilla GU, PB Luna protein bars and GOLDFISH CRACKERS. Yes, I’m still obsessed with them and I am currently out and very sad.  Those little fishies hold me over at school because… I AM HUNGRY ALL THE TIME.  It’s actually really annoying, but I feel like my appetite is starting to calm down.  I wasn’t that hungry Saturday after running the 20, but I was starving Sunday-Tuesday.  I seriously want to eat every hour.  I’m currently eating these…

I might as well just finish the bag tonight since I’m sad that I’m out of goldfish crackers.

 As I’ve mentioned before, I am completely in love with my Walmart compression socks.  Yes, I have the cute pink running compression sleeves but there is no stopping these tan babies.  They are awesome and super tight.  I went to Walmart Saturday night and spotted these gorgeous OPEN TOE socks!! I’ve been telling my friend Amy to buy them for the past 6 months and when I found these (across from the pharmacy), I had to take a picture to send to her.  Just look at that picture! A couple wearing those open toe tan beasts and they are playing footsies under a table?! Amy couldn’t resist and she bought her and her husband a pair.  She is obviously required to reenact this photo and send it to me so I can post :)

On a serious note, I have been having major sleep issues over the past month or so.  I can fall asleep, but I can’t stay asleep more than 4 hours.  I’m exhausted and I’m noticing a pattern where it is worse the day or two after a long run.  I’ve never had this happen before!  I’m hoping it goes away after the marathon, because I would love to sleep past 3 am.  Does anyone have trouble sleeping or staying asleep after long runs?

20 Miles!

Saturday: 20 miles!!!!! (And it was actually faster than the extremely hot 18 miler two weeks ago!)

I couldn’t be happier with my 20 miler!! Amy and I had PERFECT weather Saturday morning!  I set my alarm for 5:30 am and had a bagel with pb waiting for me on my night stand.  I wanted to make sure I ate food early enough because we were aiming to run by 8:00.  I ate my pb bagel and laid in bed until 6:00, ate half a bowl of overnight oats and drank lots of water.  We were at the railtrail and running by 7:50 and the weather was about 40-something degrees. Crazy, but that is absolutely perfect to me! It only got to almost 50 degrees by the end of our run. I was very happy with my splits (I always hit the lap button by accident so that is why there is an extra “lap” at 11) and we stopped our watches once at mile 10 at the car and again at 13 for a bathroom break.  The 11 mile splits were a quick walk to put down our gatorade bottles and deal with GU packets in my SPIbelt.  We finished the run with smiles on our faces and we were still waving to other runners that passed us on the trail at the end!  That is how you know your 20 miler went well… no crying, no limping just smiles and conversation with a great friend :)

My parents invited Colby and I over for dinner Sunday night after I FINISHED MY FINAL GRAD PAPER FOR MY LAST COURSE OF MY MASTER’S DEGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve never been happier to submit a 26 paper! My parents just got a new walkway and grill in their backyard, so my Mom made Dad and Colby burgers and we had veggie quesadillas.

We grilled the quesadillas on the grill in a pan she got at Williams Sonoma for the grill and they were great.

She also made this orzo salad from this cookbook that was really good…

I also got to spend some quality time with this little man.  What a tough but rewarding weekend! As long as my final paper is okay, I finished my Master’s Degree and had a successful 20 miler! Woo hoo!

Rail Trail Redemption

Tuesday: 41:28 outside

Wednesday: 1:26:33

I was going to run 4-5 miles on the treadmill at the gym yesterday after school, but was just too tired.  I got up some courage and decided to run outside in my neighborhood.  I’ve been avoiding running outside on the road because of the calf injury I dealt with a few weeks ago.  The hills just always killed my calf so I’ve been sticking to treadmill and the flat rail trail.  I decided to just walk the major hills and run comfortably.  It was soooo nice running outside on the roads. I ended up just walking a few times and keeping a 9:45ish pace.

I ran 9 miles on the rail trail with Amy after school and we were fired up.  We are really getting sick of running on the rail trail and feeling like it slows us down.  Colby feels the same way and thinks it is really tough running on the flat gravel for long runs.  We’ve been running probably 30 seconds slower for every mile.  We also had that very long and hot 18 miler on Sunday on the trail and it was enough to make me go crazy.  We just started out fast today in hopes of finishing early.  We ended up holding around a 9:30 pace the whole time! We were breathing heavier than usual, but still able to talk.  I was so happy that we were able to run faster on the trail for the whole 9 miles.  It really gives me hope for my 14 miler this weekend and 20 next weekend.

We walked a little at mile 5 when we turned around at 4.5 and had to stop to cross a road at mile 8.  Overall, I was very happy and I’m feeling a little more optimistic about our upcoming long runs.  We even kicked it in and did a 8:44 for the last mile :)

With the extra mileage, I’ve been eating tons of Goldfish crackers.  Why are they so good??? I guess I’m just craving salt.

I’ve been drinking lots of lemon-lime Gatorade too.  It is by far my favorite flavor and I’ve been taking it on all my runs.

I also had to buy two big bags of twizzlers yesterday at the grocery store. So gooood!