So as promised I am here to report about my first double digit run leading me up to the Tupelo Marathon . The schedule called for 10 miles. It all started with a 4:30 a.m. alarm followed by 20 minutes of me running around with my head cut off because the night before I had gone to bed before I could lay out everything I would need the next day. Also I had taken one Benadryll because my ears were starting to stop up pretty bad. So with a Benadryll hangover and running 10 minutes behind I finally have everything together and heading out the door. I don’t remember much of the drive over to Thu’s (pronounced Two) house. I just know I made it there and that’s all that matters! Our route was to leave her house which is just off of Lincoln Road to head over The Long Leaf Trace. From there we head down the trail for 3 miles turn around and retrace our steps back. So basically an out and back course of 5 miles. After explaining to my dear sweet,understanding running partner that I’ve taken a benadryll and I’m feeling just a bit off, we take off running. First mile, tight left calf muscle, we stop and stretch. Second mile, of course I have to use the bathroom (yes, I’m high maintenance). Third mile I actually get to use the bathroom. Mile four to eight I was okay till I had to use the bathroom again. So of course we leave the trail to catch the bathroom at the Shell Station on Fourth and 38th but just my luck some other woman decided to nest in the bathroom there. Doesn’t she know I’m about to pop with a thimble full of water in my bladder and my Garmin is ticking away? So we leave there to go to the gas station across the street. Trust me when your running and something is pushing on your insides, it’s just best to handle whatever issue it is and move on. So at gas station #2 at least it was available but I’m a little concerned about the fact the bathroom sign is hand written saying “Women Only” and that fact this bathroom has two doors. But just short of using the bathroom in my tights I just bit the bullet and used the bathroom. I pray I never have to use the bathroom in that neck of the woods again! So after that little bit of drama was over we headed home with only two miles to go. The last two miles were pretty uneventful. Normally on a long run our last mile or so is just as quiet as our first mile or two.
I’ve mentioned this in post before but this time last year I was training for the exact same marathon. I had to stop training and spent the next 6 months rehabing my back, left hip and left hamstring. I tried doing too many workouts that my body refused to handle. So in order to be able to run long distances now I run/walk. On short runs I can run a 3:1 (which is 3 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking). I wear two watches. One for the interval timer and one for the distance. I use a Timex Ironman Watch because of the interval timer I can set to repeat but if you’re not wanting to wear two watches but need the interval timer Gym Boss is a great alternative. I’ve been to many races where I hear the little buzzard going off. I’m not the only person run walking. I think run walking is the new sprint. You know like slow is the new fast. Right now I’m running a 2:1 on our long runs. The run walk lets my legs take a mini break just long enough to keep running. I still get tired and feel run down towards the end but at this point in my running at least I’m able to run farther than I did this time last year. Thu made the comment that she thinks before long we’ll be able to lengthen our long runs to a 3:1. She says my breathing sounds better and I don’t look as tired as I once did. She also says that the long runs are good for her as a recovery run! I told her to kiss it.
The thing about running is no one rule, plan or shoe is perfect for everyone. I’m constantly reading and finding out what others are doing. A few books and websites I think are great starters is
So next week we run 12 miles. I’m excited about this. My 10 miler felt good enough I’m ready to add more. Today I’m a little stiff but nothing painful. I’m intending for Fridays and Sundays to be my rest days. I have stretched and rubbed till hopefully tomorrow my run will be a great start to the week.
If you need a little motivation the video above is from the movie Spirit of the Marathon. You can watch it in it’s entirety here. It’s one of my favorites. It also take place based around the Chicago Marathon which is one that I dearly love. It’s one of the best experiences of my life and if you ever get the chance to go, GO!
Have a great week and remember whether you’re running, walking or swimming or whatever………..something is better than nothing.