Tuesday Newsday 10/30

So, I don’t know how to explain this….I feel like a complete idiot. And frankly, I don’t even want to put this in my blog, but I have to.

Here it goes: I’ve been behind in marathon training by about 3 weeks. I have no idea how it happened, it just did. I must’ve counted wrong way back in the beginning when I picked my starting day and never checked it. I just assumed I counted right, and went on my merry way. I think I must’ve been counting only 16 weeks back instead of for the 18 week training program I selected.

Don’t make fun of me TOO much.

SO, here, I thought I was on week 10, but as I was looking at the calendar I noticed that November starts this week, which at first I was like, WOW only a month away from my marathon…..

…But then I started realizing…if I was only a month away, I should be doing my 20 miler soon….and that’s not right, I just did a 15 miler a couple weeks ago…..

Sure enough, I counted, re-counted, and triple counted about 500 times and I started out horribly wrong.

In actualality, I am SUPPOSED to be on week 13 of my training. UGH.

Am I allowed to blame this oversight on my level of stress from work, the GRE and life???

So, needless to say, I was feeling pretty down…and I was contemplating giving up. Here’s where I need all of YOUR help! Has anyone else done this, or am I the only silly one? What would you guys do? Give up? Aim for another marathon?? I really want to do this one…but I’m scared I physically wont be able to.

This is where I’m at running wise last week, based on where I thought I was:

Monday: Rest day. I did rest; this day was leftover-feeling-sick day anyway.

Tuesday: 4 miles. Complete.

Wednesday: 7 miles – not compete..12 hour shift at work

Thursday: 4 miles – not complete…12 hour shift at work..AGAIN. And I don’t run at night, by myself. My neighbor isn’t the best for alone running at night…. Hint, hint: I need a running buddy.

Friday: Rest day, but I did 4 miles. Yes,  I ran actually.

Saturday: rest day.

Sunday: Was SUPPOSED to be a 17-miler…but when I got home, and put on all my running stuff, I was checking my calendar and that’s when the realization hit me that I was completely behind. So, It crossed my mind that maybe I should just do the 19 miler that I was due for if I had counted right. But by the time I figured out what was going on, I ran out of daylight, and frankly, I don’t want to right in the dark, by myself. I’m scared to. So, I ran 4 miles instead.

Feeling pretty defeated and down about it all, I ended up getting Monday off from work as well (mostly to study) but I decided to challenge myself and see how far I could run.

That brings us to yesterday: Monday, I ran 16.5 miles (I walked the remaining half mile back home, so technically I did 17 miles, if you want to count that) but I hurt my foot pretty bad. AHHH! I literally was crying part of the way home. The top of my right foot was killing me! I’m so worried that it might be a stress fracture….so I took some anti-inflammatories, and iced it, hoping for the best. So, now, on top of being behind on my training schedule, my foot was hurting.

I woke up today, not as sore as I thought I would be from the actual run, and my foot doesn’t hurt to walk on at all…but then again, yesterday it didn’t either…only when I was physically running.

Here’s my idea about training, assuming my foot is un-injured: Pick up from where I’m supposed to be..if I started correctly. That means this weekend I would attempt a 19 miler, then the 20 miler the following week, and then taper….

So…HELP! Give me some motivation…or advise…what would you guys do??? Should I just continue training from where I’m supposed to be??

Lastly, the GRE is tomorrow…and I’m extremely nervous for it…but afterwards….I’ll be dressing up like this again:

Sexy Zombie??

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! Stay safe, and eat lots of candy….Oh, come on, you’re all runners! You can afford to eat a piece or two…or 10!

Tuesday Newsday – 9/18

Running News/Marathon Training Updates:

Monday: Rest Day. I love rest days.

Also: No food = grumpy and moody

Tuesday: (3 miles) I ran 4 miles. I was so stressed/frustrated after work…my friend asked if I wanted to run with her to abs class from her house…and I rudely turned her down (I tried to apologize and explain myself after, hopefully my point got across)….but you know those days that you need a really good run to de-stress? It was one of those. All I wanted was a good, hard, fast run, on the comfort of my normal trail. The trail I know eyes closed. And that’s what I did. And I ran HARD. Then I did end up joining her at abs class with a little bit of climbing after.

Wednesday: (6 miles) All I got out was 5.2. LOL So, It’s 4 miles to the lake, around and back. Being me, I’ve always assumed that meant the lake was right around 3 miles and it was only half a mile to my house…this clearly is not the case. So, since I needed to do 6 miles that day, I thought I would just drive to the lake and run around twice. Well, it turns out the lake is only a little over 2.5 miles. I’ve just lucked out with the fact that the trip to the lake, around and back is a nice even 4 miles all these years. So, I only ran 5.2. Of course, at first, I was sure that my GPS failed me..but sure enough, I mapped my course on the computer when I got back and it was correct. I still find it super funny that I have not known this the whole time I’ve lived here.

Thursday: (3 miles) SO BUSY! I didn’t get this 3 miles in until Saturday.

Friday: (rest day) Yep, I rested alright.

Saturday: (11 miles) I moved my long run to sunday and did the 3 miles this day. Inside. On a stupid treadmill because by the time I got time to run (after work and my best friend’s grad/going away party) it was dark outside.

Sunday: (rest day) But, like I said, I did my long run today. 11 miles!!! phew!! Longest, to date, un-aided run I’ve done. It took me awhile to get out the door because I was double checking to make sure I had everything I would need. Water? Check, I ran with a small plastic bottle in hand since I have yet to get a fuel belt of some kind (keep the suggestions coming!!). Energy? Check, I tucked those Stinger energy chews, half of a bag, into my sports bra. Road ID? Check. Phone/Music? Check – Speaking of..my iPod died. I’m super upset about it. Anyway. Sunscreen? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Gum? Check, I hate when I forget gum! Couple dollars for a gatorade on the way back? Check…hehe, I totally grossed out the  gas station clerk; we have a gas station right on the corner by our house and I purposely planned to grab a gatorade after completing my run. She took my money and said, “they’re kinda wet” and I replied, “well, they were in my sports bra..nothing I can do about it!” Super gross, I know, but kinda funny.

This has been this week’s motivational quote for myself…Hopefully it’ll do the same for you all!

My next race will be in two weekends…I’m heading up to South Dakota for a half marathon!! I’m running the Crazy Horse Half. I’m super excited…this is my birth state!

I’ve been super stressing lately about career stuff and what I want to be when I grow up…so, to get the ball rolling, I FINALLY registered for the GRE. I shake my head as I type this because I had told myself I was going to take the test back in JANUARY! ugh. But, at least better late than never, right???