Saturday, November 29, 2008

post half marathon

I went for a slow jog today. 4.76 miles in an hour. I walked a good bit.

Miles run this week: 17.86
Days run this week: 2

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Atlanta Half Marathon 2008

I should have known better than to sign up for a half marathon with so little running completed during the past month. But I did it more out of resurrecting happy memories of running the race in years past. It's been quite a long time since I've participated in this event. I arrived at the starting line early and felt good. I chatted with a few women standing near me, sharing stories of running and Thanksgiving meal preparation. Around 7 miles I ate the jelly sports beans they were handing out. I had grabbed two packs and ate one. I loved the orange flavor and I thought it was exactly what I needed. Unfortunately, I started feeling nauseous a mile later. At 10 miles I ate the other pack in the hopes that it would make me feel better. But I started feeling even worse. At mile 11 I vomited and slowed to a combination of walking/jogging. I learned my lesson about not trying anything new on race day. I vomited again at mile 12 and barely made it to the finish line, in 2 hours and 43 minutes. I grabbed some cheese/peanut butter crackers at the finish chute and hoped they would settle my stomach. I still felt quesy walking to the MARTA station and prayed I wouldn't vomit on the train. Thankfully I kept things down for the rest of the day and began feeling better an hour or two later. What a major disappointment! I decided that even it I hadn't been sick, I've lost a lot of fitness over the past month and I'm nowhere near where I need to be physically to complete the Disney marathon in January. I'm going to postpone that race until 2010 when hopefully I'll be in better shape and a friend or relative will be able to go with me to babysit Kyra while I run. Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Loss of motivation

I've lost my motivation to run. I've only jogged once this week, for a mere 2.4 miles on the treadmill. I'm registered for the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving. Maybe that will get me back into the mood.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

3 weeks after the marathon

I only jogged twice this week. The first time was on Tuesday for a mere 2.11 miles. I felt good, but was short on time so I had to limit the distance. I did get in a good strength training session at the gym beforehand. My second run of the week was today, 2.5 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I jogged the first mile, but my knee hurt. I did a strength training workout beforehand so wonder if I stressed something in my knee. Pain wasn't intense, but I didn't want to risk it and slowed to a fast walk after the first mile. Walked at an incline until I had to leave to go get Kyra. Afterwards, balls of feet were stinging. Guess they rubbed during the walking on the incline.
Total distance this week: 4.61 miles

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

First run after marathon

I thought about going for a light jog on Halloween, but had too many other things going on. Today was my first run post marathon. I ran 4.18 miles and it felt good! My original goal was 4 miles. When I realized it would be completely dark at 1 mile, I almost turned around to go back home for a total of 2 miles. But the 1 mile mark was near the high school and I saw lights on at the football field/track. I took a chance and jogged to the field. They were painting stripes on the field for an upcoming game and several people were walking around the track, so I ran 6 laps around the brightly lit track (to meet my goal distance) and then returned home. Great run!