When I lived in San Diego all my friends pretty much knew I was always training for some sort of endurance event. When I would get together with friends I hadn’t seen for awhile, the first question was always, “What are you training for now?” It took some time to get there though as I changed from a weekend warrior to an athlete.
I am now realizing I am going to have to go through that process again with friends and coworkers up here in Sacramento. I don’t expect people to “get it” and totally understand why I do what I do, but wouldn’t that be nice?
Last night we went to some friends’ house to watch the boxing match and I was “that girl” who brought a big ‘ole bottle of water. The question of the night was, “you aren’t drinking?” I would then explain that I had a 13 mile run in the morning so I wasn’t drinking. The next question, “Where is your race tomorrow?” My answer was, “It’s not a race, I’m just running 13 miles to train for a marathon.” It is funny to think that in the past a 13 mile run meant a half marathon and it would be race. Not anymore.
Unless it is a special occasion, I am only drinking alcohol on Sundays after my long runs. I know that I could have had a glass of wine last night and still done fine on my run this morning, but it is more of a mental thing thing than a performance thing. It is all about discipline. My thinking is that if you are going to go to all the trouble of training for a marathon, what’s the point in half-assing it?
Anyway, my 13 miles this morning went great! I woke up at 6:45, had coffee and toast with 1/2 a nanner and almond butter and hit the road around 7:30. The weather was cloudy and cool, but not cold. My route took me on an out and back course along the river. I finished the first 6.5 miles in 1:06:00 and stopped for a quick pee break and to have a Hammer Gel. I also carried a bottle with Perpetuem in it that I sipped on through the run. After the first 3 miles, I felt great and went into autopilot. The second half of the run felt better than the first and I finished strong with a total time of 2:11 for a pace of 10:04. My last mile was at about a 9 minute/mile pace. I felt strong and was visualizing my marathon finish. I also knew that Aaron was home making me breakfast!
When I got home I drank a bottle of Recoverite right away, took an ice bath and then enjoy sausage, eggs and hashbrowns with a mimosa. Life is good! Now it is time to relax, stretch and enjoy what is left of my weekend. Can’t believe I have to go to the office on a Monday morning. I’ve been spoiled.
Now that my runs are getting longer, I really need new running shoes and really feel like a Garmin would improve my training. The only gear I think I want/need still for marathon training is:
- New shoes – need
- Garmin Forerunner 305 – need
- A running skirt – want
Enjoy your Sunday!! We are watching crazy amount of football and will be BBQing later.