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Training Journal: Jelly Legs

img_4168Last weekend was exhausting. Instead of my annual Labor Day race, I decided to run a different one on Saturday instead. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’d never run this course before but I was excited to run in a different area.

Apparently this course was a little more challenging than the usual, because not only was the temperature rising by the second, there were so many hills that I was ready to steal a golf cart. I made it, though, and 6 miles somehow didn’t seem like much of a run with the longer ones I’ve been doing lately. I was glad to be done and pumped for the virtual triathlon on Sunday. That didn’t last long.

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Amanda and I got to the YMCA, the site of our eventual demise, ready for action. We put on our bathing suits and headed for the pool to get the party started. We got in the pool around 2:30 and started the 1/4 mile swim. As I am quite slow, it took me a while to finish and Amanda was done before me. No big deal, right? I can make it up on the bike.

Apparently I forgot how long 12.4 miles is on a stationary bike. I got through it by watching TV on my phone and persevered. About 10 miles in, Amanda was starting to flame out. I was right behind her. My legs were starting to tire and my feet were hurting from the pedals because they were different from the ones at spin class and I was without special shoes. When the readout informed me it was over, I just about leapt off of the thing. And the stiffness in my quads is matched only by the soreness of my butt.

We managed to get to the park to run, and it was like stepping into an oven. We had 3.1 miles to go, though, and I kept telling myself that three miles is nothing for me. It was a struggle from the first hill to the last steps and when I crawled back to the parking lot I felt like I’d never walk again. Things actually started getting a little sparkly so I sat down in my car and rehydrated.

At the end of the day, it definitely felt like we deserved our Diva medals. Amanda forgot hers so we just posed with mine, and went home to pass out. I slept for almost 13 hours after that and I deserved every minute of that too. I don’t know that I’ll do another triathlon anytime soon, but I think I can talk Amanda into doing this one again. Maybe a year is long enough for her to forget.

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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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