One of the things that is really terrific about training for a Marathon is the awe and respect I have for others who are able to accomplish great things. For me, my marathon is purely selfish. But for others, their achievements are in the name of great causes. My boss and my co-worker run marathons for the Leukemia Foundation.
And just yesterday, my friend, Erin finished a 3-day walk for breast cancer. The walkers were all over town this weekend and it was just amazing to think about how far they went. The Kansas City Star wrote an article about the walk.
I called Erin up this morning to find out all about her experience. She has a great attitude today, even though she admits to being in pain. Talking to Erin about her 60 plus mile journey not only inspired me that I can finish my marathon, it also reminded me that there are bigger goals out there than mine. Cheers.
According to my boss, Laura and I actually ran 10 miles as opposed to 9 on Saturday. This is exciting and funny all at once.
No creative title today —it is what it is— 9 miles. It was quite the journey. Laura joined me. We enjoyed the varied landscape. While we saw no snakes, we did see some sort of a race going on in Corporate Woods. We joked that it would be funny if we crossed the finish line and had our picture taken. However, we still had 4.5 miles to go at that point!
My knee hurt a little, but it wasn’t too bad. Also I’ve been having heart burn lately and so that wasn’t too pleasant.
Also I ran by my boss (going the opposite direction) who is a master marathoner.
Side note: I wouldn’t recommend the watermelon ice gatorade to anyone.
Route: From Roe Park to Shannon Valley via the Overland Park Trails and back.
Well, I ran 2 miles. So far, no pain —well, a tad bit, but not what I thought it would be. Let’s take a look at all the aids I utilized today. (overkill maybe? we’ll see…afterall, I still have a long ways to go.)
First, the knee strap.
Second, the insoles. (I had to replace my old insoles because of the blister.)
Third, the drugs. Thank you to Dr. Hicks for prescribing this for another ailment months ago.
Finally, the icepack. (That I plan on using once it has properly frozen in the freezer, underneath the Lean Cuisine.)
So, Tally is happy. I am happy and hopefully Laura will be happy that I’m going to try to stick it out for our 9 miles on Saturday.
Route: To Park, Around 1 time, home, ice
This post is going to be uber boring. Yesterday I went to the workout room and did the eliptical for 30 minutes and lifted weights and did my knee stuff and crunched my abs a few hundred times. The end.
Ok, maybe I should elaborate. I did the gym thing again so I wouldn’t strain my knee before I run 9. I’m kind of (really) nervous about that, but I did my research and I think it’s just “runner’s knee” which is basically when the cartilage behind your knee starts to wear down. This is most likely do to the fact that I went from sitting on my butt a few months ago to running 5,6,7 miles one day a week and 1,2,3,4 miles two other days a week. So I guess it’s to be expected.
I should also point out a few new “user friendly” features to my blog. Toward the right you will note a link to my marathon. ~September 24~ I will continue to add more links as I go.
Also, I have enabled posting for non-blog members. I think it works. Someone let me know if it doesn’t.
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This weekend I was scheduled to run 5 miles. However, since my knee has been bothering me, I spent 1.5 hours cross-training instead. First, I took Tally on a 30-minute walk. I spent 30 minutes on the eliptical and a half-hour lifting weights, squats, leg lifts and sit ups.
I feel like I did something. I just hope I’m ready for the big 9 next weekend.
No Route today.
This very second there is an extremely hot Airedale laying on the tile by the front door. Nothing extraordinary to share. Just 3 miles. I tried these Dr. Sholls things called moleskin for my blister. They didn’t work. Still in pain. Knee was hurting a bit. I’m hoping strengthening my leg muscles on my off-days will help that.
Route: Switzer to the park; 4 laps; home (hot)
Yesterday I was all geared up for 3 miles. When I stepped outside from a long day of working inside, I noticed some fairly daunting clouds drifting in. As I got closer to home, I began to obsess about the clouds and whether they would produce a thunderstorm. By the time I got home, I had pretty much convinced myself that we must be under a tornado watch and that the only safe place to run was in the apartment work out room on the treadmill.
I left a pouting Airedale to run in the “safety” of the small gym. The room is incredibly hot, so the run was very sweaty. I found my two blisters (yes, there are two now) were really bothering me, but I forced myself to carry on, invisioning the pain and agony of the last 3 miles of the marathon.
A few nice things about a treadmill are you can check your pace and keep it steady, (I ran the first mile and the last mile at a 11:32 and the second mile at a 12:00.) you can also focus on your stride more and make sure you are running correctly.
I also got a chance to do some quick free weight work and sit ups, which I usually skip after I run outside for some reason. All in all it was a success, but when I left the work out room, I discovered it was absolutely lovely outside and there was not a cloud in the sky. Er…oops.
The Route: 3 miles straight ahead with NBC’s The Nightly News on T.V.
Despite consuming quite a few beers at my cousin’s birthday party last night, (Happy Birthday Abby and thank you to Emily and Dawn as the best ever hostesses and the best ever house!) I pulled it together and met Laura for our 10 a.m. 7 mile run.
Running with Laura was great. We are old friends from high school and Laura is actually the first running partner I ever had. Now we are kind of cousins because Matt and her husband are cousins. (I met Matt at her wedding) Laura and I used to train for road races in high school. So, we met at our old meeting point, Roe park.
Due to rainy weather, we soon discovered the trail was saturated with mud. So we readjusted our route and turned the other way. There was still quite a bit of mud running east instead of west, but it seemed better.
It was hot and I found my sweat and sunscreen burned my eyes, but everything else was feeling pretty good. My knee did really well which I was a little worried about. I have a huge blister on my left foot that started to bother me around mile 3. I can see now why I was in so much pain.
It was kind of fun to explore a new path. Laura and I are used to the run west of Roe and this run took us all the way to 103rd and State Line. At the half-way point we both had to visit the ladies room and with a lack of options, ended up at Royal Liquors! Ha. A nice friendly reminder of last night’s fun.
During the first leg of the run, we were following the creek and there was a bed of rocks. Suddenly I saw a small brown snake slithering along the path near the rocks. I screamed (terrified am I) and Laura who was closer to the snake, saw it at the last second and made a leaping dance over it, screaming too. The snake slithered back into the rocks and we carried on.
We made a few walking breaks to get past mud and water obstacles and then to drink gatorade. I had to walk a bit at the end too because of my blister. I felt pretty good and strong though throughout.
Route: Roe Park east, meandering through Leawood and eventually to 103rd and State Line.
Snake Sightings: 1
Bathroom Breaks at Liquor Stores: 1 (early on in my runs, before the blog, I had a bathroom break at a bar…do I see a theme here?)
Meet Laura. She is thinking about joining me on this quest and ran 7 miles with me today.