Thursday, March 24, 2011
On Tuesday of last week, I woke up with an awful headcold. Being the stubborn person I am, I just kept to my running plan. I discovered that running did not make me feel better, but it didn't make me feel worse either. So I loaded up on the water and got some tissues, and did the miles. Thursday was the planned part 1 of 2 for the Cupcake Marathon. It was done on the lovely gym treadmill. I still wasn't feeling well, but sweat through all 8.2 miles in 90 minutes. So I kept to my typical, consistent training pace of 11 minutes/mile.
I am in a veggie co-op, and it was my turn to shop for the group on Saturday. So I got up at 4:45 am to get to the Dallas Farmer's market. By time I shopped for the veggies and got home and sorted with my veggie partner, it was about 7:30am. So I changed into running clothes and was out the door by 7:45am to head to the lake.
This run served as a reminder that you need to prep for a long run just like you would for a race. I take better care of myself in prepping for 13.1 miles than I did in prepping for this 18 mile run. I didn't get in enough carbs, I didn't lower my fat, and I was borderline dehydrated (helped by the fact that I had been sick all week). Regardless, I was going to get my miles in!
I ran the first lap with my friend, Emily. She needed to get in 9 miles for her upcoming half marathon. It's about 9 miles around the lake, so she was going to make the first loop with me and then head home. I knew it would be a long hard day coming off an illness and considering the warm weather and wind, yet again. I was perfectly happy going a little easy the first loop, so that's what we did.
As usual, I stopped after loop 1 to go to my van and gulp some Gatorade. Yummy. As I was gulping, I see a gold van pull up... Hmmmm, I know that van. I peeked around the corner and saw Robin! I couldn't believe it. What are the chances that Robin would show up right then while I was stopped between loops? Of course, we headed out together (Robin is amazing to always be willing to slow down for me). We headed out a little hard. I had been running slower, so I felt good, but the reality is that I still had 9 miles already on my legs. After about 3 miles, I started to really feel the difference in pace. After about 5 miles (14 miles total), I started to really hurt (and my sinuses were still really hurting me). I asked Robin to go on, and I decided to take a walk break. I hated to have to do it, but it turned out to be a good decision. After about 1/2 mile of walking, I went back to running. And wow, I still had it left in my legs. I had no issue pushing out the last 3.5 miles, and actually ended up running them faster than I had ran the previous miles. No clue where that came from, but it was done... 18 miles.
And the Cupcake Marathon is complete!!! I wasn't really going for time, but the total was 5 hrs and 8 min. Can I consider that a 4 minute PR? OK, maybe it doesn't count.
Now, Jason? Show me the CUPCAKES!!!