Let's get on to the marathon business... This week in training was less than ideal. Ok, I'll be honest -- it just sucked. Somehow I went from being on cloud 9 and feeling like a rock star to feeling weak, tired and incompetent. I don't know what shifted but I was exhausted this week, I ate like crap, I missed a run (which I never do) because I ended up napping, and I was in pain on my long run. It was just ugly. But now it's time to taper and I am so grateful.
|really digging these natural huma gels with chia seeds!|
|#runselfie = any excuse to take a break on a hard, painful run|
I am a bit concerned about my hamstring because it feels like I pulled it. It hurts even when I'm just walking or when I try to straighten my leg. That's new. I've never had a hamstring issue in my entire life.
Word to the wise: try to avoid strange new physical activities weeks before a race. What started out as a teeny tiny little pain a few weeks ago was exacerbated by all the jumping and leaping I did on Saturday at an indoor trampoline park with Brittany's 8 year old brother. Trampoline parks are no joke, you guys!
This means I seriously need to rest so my hammie can withstand 26.2 miles in a few weeks. Rest is not easy for me so this should be fun and interesting.
After I mentioned my goals for NYC I got a lot of feedback from all of you and started to re-evaluate my expectations. There are two things I did not realize or even consider and now I am slightly freaked out:
- It's a hilly course. Yes, I should have known this but I didn't and I haven't trained on any hills. Whoops!
- The crowds create a massive obstacle. Considering NYC is the largest marathon in the world, I should've known this too, but I didn't think about it. I've heard that this is not the course to PR on simply because of the number of runners. The first 8 miles are so jam packed you will waste tons of energy if you try to zig zag around all of the people.
I decided that since I'm terrible on hills (because I avoid them at all costs) I should just kiss that PR good-bye. But then I read the most inspiring race recap from one of my favorite bloggers, Ms Fit Runner. She just qualified for the Olympic Trials on a tough course, in the rain, where everything that could go wrong went wrong.
It made me realize all of these obstacles are just obstacles. They will make my race harder but I can either let them slow me down or I can fight even harder to run fast and finish strong. Either way, it will be an incredible experience but I can't give up my goal simply because it will be more challenging than I originally planned. I am tougher than that.
Week in Workouts
Monday: Spin Class (1 hour)
Tuesday: 6 miles (8:05 avg)
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 6 miles (5 @ 7:30 pace)
Saturday: Rest (Whoops, I fell asleep!)
Sunday: 16 miles
Onto the fun stuff: Eating
Less than 3 weeks 'til race day and I really need to clean up my act when it comes to nutrition.
I am all about giving into cravings and not depriving myself but this weekend I basically binged on junk. I hung out with an 8 year old which led me to eat more sugar than usual and then we had a girls junk food night where we ate pizza, mashed potatoes, rice krispie treats, candy corn and the most insane dessert cookie ice-cream cake. My belly is rounder and more prominent than usual and I just feel pretty icky.
No matter how much sugar I eat and how icky I feel, I will still crave more sugar and dessert. It's nuts. But luckily I can turn to my tried and true mock fro-yo. It is amazing and whenever I make it I ask myself why I'd ever want real the real thing when this is even better and not at all bad for you.
|I ate about 2/3 of this blondie cookie cake with vanilla bean ice-cream myself.|
|which is why I am now making this.|