waking up this morning to run when it was dark outside was a bit of a challenge. the weather has changed (it's colder), it gets dark and stays dark, and i am sore from all of this running. maybe it was just about hitting the twenty mile mark and now i need to heal awhile before the ohio marathon. i guess it's because i am on my feet at work/school more? i am unsure. anyhow, after getting over the mental hurdle of going outside (i wore pants for the first time), running itself was a beautiful thing.
it's always soul-warming... and i think that just getting that beautiful crisp cold air into my lungs, feeling my fingers warm up, being able to see my breath steam in front of me as the sun came up-- all of that is why i run. sigh. even after the little mental war that i had, i truly decided that running this morning was what i wanted to do and holy moly- once you're out there- you'd be hard-pressed to get me to stop moving my feet. and "let me tell you" (as sarah palin would say), now that i am done with this morning's run, i am satisfied. everything hurts, but i am satisfied.
j and i finished our 20 mile run last saturday (woo!) and now we are on to the few weeks of tapering before our oct. 19th race! hooray. i did a 5 mile run on tuesday and was a little bit sore when i finished (guess my muscles were still going "what the heck?!" from sunday) and i have a 10 miler tomorrow. above all- the weather here is perfect for running. absolutely gorgeous!
so, my favorite weatherman (trumbie) was wrong again and this time, i was quite thankful. our 30-40% chance of rain didn't materialize this morning and j. and i successfully ran our 18 miler. hoo-rah! we were exhausted, sore and slightly disoriented afterwards (i went to buy groceries and it took me a good 10 mins to get out of the car... not to mention how long it took me to bend down to pick up spinach), but overall it was wonderful to finish.
we had the full symptoms of eighteen mile exhaustion ranging from heavy water sloshing bellies full of liquid to the end of our sweating since it just turned into salt immediately with the light breeze. i was quite excited when we were done, but it's always fun to spend a sunday morning running w/my sole-mate.
anyhow, i think it started to rain right at 2pm when we finished... for about 15 minutes. and that was it. yay for fall thunderstorms in the midwest. next week, we're up to 20!
due to the rain/storm that we are currently experiencing, j. and i decided to change our outside running plan to an indoor one. although she had masterfully mapped us a beautiful sixteen mile loop, a true "country adventure", we decided that we'd spare our shoes from squeaking forever and pounded out 16 on the treadmill(s). it was a long haul and i think that we were both happy when we were done. recent purchases for running include:
1. the stick: essentially pipe with little rounded beads on it- you massage your muscles with it to help with recovery
2. raspberry creme and raspberry original gels- delicious.
i haven't yet decided if i need to update my running wardrobe, although s. suggested checking on steep&cheap for wonderful deals on beautiful sugoi running stuff. anyhow, i am happy and tired and i believe my knees are done for the day. what a wonderful way to spend a rainy sunday morning- running, watching the entire disc 1 of "sex in the city" and then coming home to cinnamon rolls. wonderful.
j and i ran our 14 miler last sunday and pretty much ran to campus and back home in a nice long rectangle. i really enjoy running around the neighborhood since i feel like it's a lot more entertaining than running in the woods. however, running at LOTW definitely has its perks. you're alone (pretty much), you're serene and centered- and your one and only focus (besides counting squirrels and birds) is running. it's a beautiful thing when the loudest noise around you is either your shoe hitting the pavement or the ear-pressure inducing exhale from your breath.
this week is cut back week- woo! so i am just running for time... i guess about an hour or so tomorrow. yay for being a little bit more than a month away from the marathon!! yippee!
i started off my 24th year of life with a few miles in the galena hills! it was really fun to have some entertaining ups-and-downs in the terrain. when we got back i did my 12 miler (although i think that it was actually around 11 since it got dark really fast on my way home). yay for running into a new year!
hi! so, i started training june 14th for the next marathon... the 2008 nationwide better health columbus marathon (http://www.columbusmarathon.com/). i am now a few weeks in to training and the event is october 19th. i am following a running plan that i found online from runner's world, and i think that it's given me more flexibility to schedule my runs. the long runs are on sundays, since the race is on a sunday, and the other two runs during the week are tuesdays and thursdays (and sometimes saturdays).
so far, it's been really fun to run and this morning was my 5K day. i ran the champaign c-u-in the park route that is mapped out (by faded orange spray paint) around the block. tomorrow, it's a cut-back week run of 6-8 miles in preparation for next week's 10 miles. hooray!
this weekend was a truly wonderful experience and i am pretty sore still. many have said that you should wait roughly 3-4 weeks before starting to run long distances again after doing a marathon, but i think that it will be at least a few days before i can walk-run normally anyhow! haha. i am sore from my head to my toes but am proud of our accomplishment!
passed on in an incredibly inspirational email from m.b.:
"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your legs and the burning in your lungs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T", but you don't listen. You just push harder. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."
today i went to my favorite place for running gear (body and sole) and asked them to print my name on my race singlet. they did it beautifully write across the center of my purple shirt and when the man brought it to the register the other checker said "what does that say... "pain?" to which the other man replied: "pavni... not pain. but i am sure she'll be feeling some when she finishes!" haha. an interesting take on my name, i suppose. anyhow, i am pretty excited and hope to soak in all of this week so that i can make sure it's truly memorable. you never get your first marathon back... and i can't wait... i just want to finish!
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