Three months after beginning this journey, I ran 13.1 miles two days ago! I used mapmyrun and mapped a 13.1 mile run, and actually completed it! It took me 3 hours and 18 minutes, a pace of just over 15 minutes per mile.
Bad news - I forgot to take Aleve. Started feelin' it in the knees at 8 miles. By 11 miles, muscles hurt that I didn't even know I had. Also, I didn't hydrate the entire 13 miles. Bad idea. It was pretty chilly, so I wasn't thirsty. Got home. Grabbed a beverage. All I could do was walk up the stairs and lay on the bed. Hubby had to take off my shoes and knee brace. Yep, I hit the wall! Never knew what it felt like. Now I know!
Good news - I have a full month until the June 13th Half Marathon. So, I have 3 weeks to increase mileage up to 15 miles, and to continue my 1 mile /1 min interval. I was only able to complete one interval at 15 minutes for my last long run. Because it was cold, I took more breaks. So, after my 2 day recovery, I will begin to consistently train 3 miles a day - 1mile/1min runs.
I didn't think I could do it this soon...but yesterday and today I logged 1Milerun - without stopping. I only ran two miles, but only walked a minute in between miles. Funny thing is, I got my breathing rate down (unfortunately it slowed my pace a little), but yep - ran 1 full mile without stopping. I am so proud of me. You just wouldn't believe it! Only downside - major thirst! I mean major to the point that my mouth in completely dry. I'm gonna run again tomorrow and if it doesn't get any better, I'll probably be headed to get a good water bottle belt. Tomorrow's goal - 3 miles with 1 minute interval walks between the miles. Fightin' the fight. Runnin' the race. Keepin' the faith!
So with 11 miles under my belt and 7 weeks until the Half, I thought it would be a good time to work on lengthening my intervals. Thus far, I've been doing 1minrun/1minwalk. It's easy. I don't get tired, and I'm not huffing and puffing. Yesterday, I tested my endurance. I ended up logging a 8 min run/1 min walk without any heavy huffing or puffing. So my goal for this week and next to to continue to work on lengthening my run portion of the interval until I get to 1 mile. By the half, I want to be able to run 1mile/ walk 1 min.
Yes, I'm keeping the momentum. Yesterday, I logged 11 miles for my long run. That's just two away from a Half Marathon. While I have not been concerned about speed, I have 7 more weeks before the 13.1 Marathon here in Chicago. I was tired after the 11, but I had enough to go a couple more if needed. So, I talked to my trainer/hubby coach and the next two weeks I will be working on increasing the length of the run part of my intervals. Hopefully, in 7 weeks, I can run 1 mile/ walk 1 minute. That's a pretty intense goal for me right now, but I need to take it to the next level and put some more challenge in my run since I'm running alone and have no set pace keeper.
That's right...a newbie like me actually ran 10 miles. Unbelieveable. And, I actually ran to the next town over (totally a feat for me!) Looks like I'll be ready in time for the June 13 Half Marathon. I was excited that my knees didn't bother me at all. I did take an Aleve before I left out though. What a major feat! 13.1 here I come!
Today, I ran 9 miles! Can you believe it! 9 Miles. Well, I rested my knee for three days. Then, yesterday, I planned to run 2 miles, but got so busy, it got too late and had to go to work - so I rested it 4 days. Then right as I got to mile 1 - yes you heard me - mile 1, there the knee pain was again. Not stability, but right on top of the knee and more painful with every step. But I had a decision to make - stop or push through. Well, I decided to push it - and see if this injury was gonna take me out. Might as well know now. So, instead of stopping, I went down to 1/1 intervals and upped my pace to a full stride (never done that before). Guess what? Pain totally went away. When I slowed down, pain came back. Hubby says that when you run faster you work a completely different set of muscles. I was barely plugging along at 7 miles to get to 8 last week. At mile 8, I felt good. But then I got tired, slowed down, and the knee pain came back - good and back. But I finished 9 miles - proud of me!
I went over to the running store and their braces and bands were way too expensive, so I got a regular wrap and knee band at Walmart and for the next few days I'll be on RICE - rest, ice, compression, elevate. Hubby thinks ice is the miracle worker, so I'm gonna give it a try. Still going strong. Next week, I go for 10 - and it'll be my first time running to the next town over. Yay! Let's go!
I actually forgot about my blog! Hush. Yes I did. But last week, I did accomplish my feat of 8 miles! It was a beautiful day, but then birthdays, egg hunts, and Easter, and yep, forgot all about it. Today, I tried to go for another long run - 9. didn't make it. Knees started feelin' like I was grinding on bone, so I stopped after 2.5. I am happy that I feel like I have a rhythm now. Even my neighbor timed me going about our block and shouted from her porch, "It takes you 6 minutes!" that was encouraging. It's supposed to rain the next couple of days, and so it'll give me some good time to rest this knee. Then I'll try for 9 on Saturday. It's supposed to be 70!
So right after I ran 7 miles, I got sick. Sore throat and all. Couldn't run for 3 days. Came back today and when I started to run, I felt like an 80 year old woman. After the first 1/4 mile, I started to warm up a bit (but this was after a full 5 minute walk). So, unless I'm recovering from injury or sick, I'm not out for 3 days straight, no matter the weather. Too hard to get back into the groove. Can't wait til tomorrow. I've moved up to 2 minutes at my new pace and I'm looking forward to another 2 miles a day until my long run next Wednesday - 8 miles!
Yep. Me. 7 miles. Today. Feelin' good about it too! I wanted to hit a long run last week, but the knees knocked me out cold. Today. It was breezy, but warm enough to get started. Once I got goin', I kept goin. Of course, I felt a little stiff afterwards, but now, I feel pretty good. Didn't worry about pace, but noticed that I moved up to being able to run 1:45sec at the new pace for the duration of this run. I walked the last 1/2 mile to cool down, but I did it! I'm sooooooo proud!
Well, I didn't get to do my long run. I ran two miles on Thursday (it was beautiful!) and didn't wanna push it. I read a great article here about injury prevention, so I decided to take 3 days, come back at half pace, and then take it from there. So today was my first day no running. I did some lunges on WiiFit for strengthening and my knee feels better than it has in a week. By Monday, I'm hoping it will feel a-ok! But, one of my foremost hopes is to be very careful and take my time during this training.The tortoise, my friends, not the hare.
So I have run twice since my recovery day when I felt a little unstable in the left knee. First day, 2 miles, and I wrapped it. The training went well. The wrap was too tight though, but for my 2 miles, my knee actually felt better at the end than at the beginning. Today, I ran another 2 miles with no wrap and everything went well.
I increased my new pace time yesterday to 1.15min run/1 minute walk. I did it! Woo hoo!
Today, I went further, I increased my new pace time to 1.30min run/1.15 walk, and was proud that I could keep the pace for that long! I'll be at 2 minutes on this new pace (a step up from jogging) before you know it! I have a long run this week - 7 miles. Tomorrow is supposed to be gorgeous, so I'm thinking of running my long run tomorrow early - should take about 1 1/2 hours but if I go up to my new time 1.30min run/1 minute walk, it might be 1 hr 15 minutes. This weekend will be COLD - high of 40, so I'm gettin' out while the gettin's good and the weather is near 65.
Yes, I'm a happy me this morning. Yesterday, I completed by first ever 8K Race! While I had done 5 mile before during my personal training, I had never done it at 13min miles! So, yes! YAY for me! Totally happy with the accomplishment. And yes, there were some pretty difficult hurdles for me. First, it was the coldest day in 2 weeks. Second, it was windy. Major windy. Third, my teeth were chattering! This St. Patrick's day run was a walk in the park for some, but I did my intervals of 1minrun/1minwalk, and I finished in 1:05. I was proud that not only did I finish, but I stuck to my intervals the entire race.
The downside - my knees are completely weak. Yes, completely. Like they will completely give way. So, today is a recovery day, and I'll be working on strengthening exercises on the WiiFitPlus. I want to make sure I'm not setting myself up for injury. I didn't feel it til the 2 mile mark, but before I do my long run this weekend, I will make sure my knees are feeling stronger, and more up to the challenge.
So - next 10K next month. That's just one more mile than yesterday. I'm geeked and excited! Let's do it!
I'm sure I'll try a million things before this marathon in October, but talked to my running husband last night, and he advised that I should spend the next month working on pace. I have enough time to build endurance (and I'm planning to), but to get my pace up so that I don't stay at a 15 minute mile. So, Monday, I picked up the pace. 30 second run/1 minute walk. Did good.
Tuesday - 45 second run/1:15 minute walk - Felt great. Today - 1 minute run/1 minute walk. Yep, that pushed me. But I got through 2 miles. It's in the 50s today so I was sweatin' buckets after a half mile. Like the pace though.
Went to RoadRunner, and got some really great socks - drifit. NICE.
Sunday's 8K's gonna be a doozie. I'm planning to run the 1minrun/1minwalk for the next four days. But with the time change and all, hubby and the kids might still be sleep by the time I finish! We'll see!
Yes, it got up to 45 degrees. Loved running in the sunshine at 7:30am. Trying to get accustomed to an early time because the 8K is at 7:30am. Only two miles today, but got back up to a consistent run of 4/1. YAY!
Yes, today I ran/walk 5 whole miles. I am so proud of me! YAY! I walked probably about as much as I ran and at the end felt a little downer. My trainer/hubby/coach said, "What? Honey, you actually completed 5 miles. That's the goal. Not running most of it. Trust me, the more miles you complete, the more you will walk!" That totally lifted my mood. So, YAY Me! 5 weeks in, I completed 5 miles today. The rest of this week will be 3 mile runs and then on Saturday, I'll run another 5 miler. Less than 2 weeks to my 8K, and yep, I may walk most of it if I'm where I am today, but I have the confidence that I will finish.