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Training Journal: Houston Marathon 2019

Yesterday was the big day. I avoided the flu, drove like an old woman to avoid further car accidents, and made my way to Houston

I was nervous from the time I woke up Saturday until the time I woke up Sunday and went out into the cold to wait for our Uber. Richard kept telling me it would be fine but I wasn’t sure. We went to our corrals and proceeded to start our marathons – his 5th and my first.

It was hard. Harder than anything I’ve ever done. There were so many times I just wanted to give up but I couldn’t. Not after everything that happened.

This marathon was a year and a half in the making. I was. Not. Giving. Up. I kept running. Richard started a campaign of harassment/support that got me through the last miles.

I was 9 minutes over. The finish line was being taken down. Rather than letting me and the others suffer for nothing, they led us down a little path lined with pinwheels that was actually really cool, and into the convention center where I was given my medal, shirt, finisher mug, and food. I staggered outside into the sun and dropped onto the fountain to wait for Richard.

Friends, when I saw him I started crying. Without his support and encouragement I don’t know that I would have even signed up for the damn thing if he hadn’t told me he knew I could.

So now I’m officially a marathoner. I’m taking the next week or two off before the Cowtown and then the Pearland half with Richard and Charlotte. Richard also wants to do the Skyline half in April because we are crazy people. I’ll never forget my first marathon, though.

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Training Journal – Houston Blues

Look at that beautiful medal. I love it so much and the fact that I am likely not going to be getting it on Sunday is kind of breaking my heart.

In a fit of pique, I had a little bit of a moment on Facebook. I am not humblebragging, fishing for compliments, or looking for people to tell me that I can totally do it. The simple fact of the matter is that at my current pace, I will be on target to finish in about 6 hours and 15-20 minutes. That’s well outside the 6 hour time limit, which means that beautiful medal won’t be going home with me. You can tell me to think positively all you like, but you can’t change facts.

After my hip injury this fall, I had to take a lot of time off from training and with my new job and schedule I’ve had to change my whole workout time around. I’m still getting used to things and after an hour commute home I’m a little fried. All of this added up to leave me at a pace I’m kind of embarrassed about. I’ve never been the fastest runner but this is a new low for me. I’ve accepted it, though, and know what I have to do to improve.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to improve in the next two days. I have hope that I’ll be able to finish in time to finish the Cowtown Marathon in February, but as for Sunday it’s not happening. As a result, I’ve gotten a little depressed. Every race week email I get makes me a little sadder. Everyone is so excited and ready to run their best and earn their medal, and I have to try to accept that no matter how hard I try I just won’t make it. It would be super easy to bow out and blame it on the car accident I was in on Tuesday, but I’m trying to use it as a learning experience. It still hurts a little though.

Tomorrow I start the drive to Houston. I’m going to be so happy to see my friends but I’m also preparing myself for disappointment. The best I can hope for is not to be carted off the course in the bus. See y’all on the flip side.

Training Journal – Stronger Every Day!

I’ve had the best week! Last Saturday I ran in the Skyline 10K in Dallas and I am pleased to report that my pace has improved¬†significantly since the Green 6.2; 12:04/mile at the Skyline down from 13:49/mile at the Green 6.2! Told you I’d crush it!

I fully attribute this to my cross-training. I’ve been going to spin class for about a month img_7741now and have been swimming intermittently as well. Tuesday I swam 525 yards, went to spin class for 45 minutes, then finished off with a 5K in which I dropped my pace by 15 seconds (!) from my last time on that trail. Thursday I added a second spin class and let me tell you, getting up at 5 AM is not at all fun. Next week, I’m adding a second 3 mile weekday run as well.

As it turns out, my best friend is also a terrible influence on me! She emailed me and asked if I wanted to join her for the Badass Texas half marathon – hailed as the hottest, hilliest half in Texas – because I am a badass. It’ll be my first half marathon since starting my new training regimen and I’m a little nervous.

img_7722The Skyline half went really well, though, so if I keep up my training I should be able to make a decent show of it. I was surprised by how easily I sustained my pace, even dropping to 11 minutes or lower in places! The miles seemed to fly by and I felt great afterward.

During my last marathon training attempt, I was plagued by shin splints the entire time. There were times that my right leg hurt so badly that I was just limping around work, or forcing myself to get through enough of my warmup that adrenaline would kick in and my muscles would warm out of it. I know, I know, not good for me. This time I’m being smarter.

In addition to the cross-training, I’ve changed my diet and as of today I have lost 10 pounds! I’m training myself to eat more than a pack of energy chews before a heavy training session, and I’m up to a granola bar and a banana. Eating before a run has always upset my stomach so I did most of my fueling mid-run. This way seems to be giving me more energy and I’m glad.

The Skyline Challenge has a time limit of 5 hours to run 22.4 miles, and the Houston Marathon has a time limit of 6 hours to run 26.2 miles. That means to finish both of them I have to keep a pace of 13:30 or lower, so I’ve got some work to do. If I can keep going the way I am now, I’ll be able to do it!

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