Thursday, September 03, 2009

I ran for 2 1/2 hours today

Yes, I am an insane person (and am also training for a half marathon). I was terrified last night thinking about today's run and was not at all happy getting out to do it today. I didn't have the sports bra I wanted to wear clean. I had an appointment on campus at 11:30 and was worried I would be late. I had all kinds of anxiety that I would trip and fall or just not be able to finish, and be more than an hour from my car.

None of that bad stuff happened. The run was tough but not as terrible as I thought it would be. The weather was beautiful and cool and I ran on a nice crushed gravel path next to a gorgeous river and I could catch glimpses of herons and ducks through the trees. The path was nice and shady for most of the run. I chose this path because there would be plenty of drinking fountains available at the end of the run. In my last fifteen minutes, I stopped three times (stopping my watch each time) to get a drink. I didn't bring any water with me on the run so I did the first 2 hours and 15 minutes with no water, but I was getting very hot and thirsty toward the end and my right quadriceps muscle (front of thigh) was starting to tie up a little -- not painful, but it felt kind of weird. The three little breaks really reenergized me and I actually sprinted for the last 30 seconds just to see if I would be able to at the end of my half marathon. Well, yes, if I have three drinking fountains in the last 15 minutes where I can take a nice little stretch break. Otherwise, who knows. The nice thing about the actual race is that someone else will be providing the water for me.

I am happy to report that I made it safe and sound back to my car, where I had a granola bar and my stainless-steel bottle filled with ice water. I took a little tiny rest break to look at the sun sparkling on the river, then rushed back home for a quick shower and got to my meeting about 5 minutes late. Luckily the student I was meeting was nice about it.

I have a little headache now. I'm having water with some ElectroMix in the hopes of making it go away. I also took two Aleve. I always seem to get bad headaches on long-run days.

Would I do another half marathon? I'm not sure. I was partly motivated to do this race because the last time I did a half marathon, I got into fantastic shape. I was close to my weight goal and felt really fit. In retrospect, though, I think I had already been in pretty good shape when I started. I weigh almost exactly the same as I did at the beginning of the summer, so obviously, the exercise alone just doesn't cut it. I also need to watch what I eat.

Now that I'm doing Weight Watchers, though, it is kind of exciting to earn 22 points in one workout.

6 comments:

  1. You are a rock star! I'm training for a half-marathon as well, so I feel your pain.

    Just remember -- even though you earned 22 WW points, you're only supposed to "eat" up to 4 of them.

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  2. 22 points in one day is amazing!

    I have joined and re-joined WW several times, but in Sept 07, I joined again for the LAST time! I hit my goal weight Oct 08 (75 pounds) and am waiting a month to celebrate my one year anniversary!

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  3. 22 point in one day blows my mind! What a fantastic job.

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  4. I miss long runs like that! I am happy yours went well :) I am realizing the same thing... exercise along doesn't cut it! Oops!

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  5. I wrote a great supportive comment but it didn't stick and now I've forgotten what I said - except you are awesome and I'm proud of you for blocking out the time, the route, and things you'd need to make it to the end in one piece. Yayyy you!

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