Giving up the fight, but keeping the streak alive.

Since I ran my second half marathon in October, I have been trying to continue with my training. I had hopes of running my third half in December, my fourth half in January, and my first full marathon in February. Unfortunately my body had other ideas and I have finally given up the fight. Lately, most of my runs have not been the greatest and I have been fighting my way through them. I’ve been unable to go any further than 15 miles without some kind of injury sidelining me. For the last few weeks, every run I have done over 3 miles has resulted in pain and always in a different spot so it doesn’t seem to be a recurring injury. I just think my body is telling me I need a break and I need to scale back my weekly mileage. 

I will conquer you one day marathon!

On a more positive note, I can still run and I am keeping the streak alive. I have managed to run at least one mile for the last 7 days and I do not intend on giving up on that challenge. Here is how the miles have added up so far:

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: 1 mile

Thursday: 10k fun run

Friday: 1 mile

Saturday: 3 miles

Sunday: 12 miles

Today: 1.5 miles

I left my cousin’s house on Saturday morning to head home and after it warmed up, I went out for my run. I was planning on a long run on Sunday morning so I didn’t want to go too far or hard but I was feeling good so I ran out 1.5 miles and ran the whole way back feeling pretty strong with a pace of 8:51. It was a great run and gave me hope for the long run I had planned for Sunday. So that night I carbo loaded with some delicious pancakes with peanut butter on top.

I got up Sunday morning and knew that I wanted to get the run done first thing because I run better in the mornings. But it was 25 degrees out! So I bundled up in my running capris, compression socks, thermal top, my new pullover from Walmart, gloves, and a headband to keep my ears warm. At mile 3 there was still frost on the ground:

My hands got hot around mile 2, so the gloves came off, but I needed everything else to keep me warm for the rest of the run. Here I am happy for a walk/fuel break at mile 3:

At mile 6 I started feeling some pain in my achilles/calf muscle so I turned around and had another walk/fuel break.

Please excuse the luggage under my eyes, that’s what my allergies do to me.

It is so peaceful and beautiful running out here:

It was a struggle with the pain in my calf continuing to irritate me but I made in back home, 12 miles in 2 hours 1 min. I was pretty sore the rest of the day so I did my best to continually stretch and foam roll. When I woke up this morning I still had some residual pain in my calf so I rested most of the morning before heading to the gym around 10:45.

I decided to take it easy to try to work out the soreness in my legs, 35 slow minutes on the bike and 35 minutes at level 2 on the stair climber. Then I needed to get in my run for the day and it was raining outside, so I reluctantly hopped on the treadmill and did 1.5 miles at an average pace of 10:30. It was boring! But I got it done and the streak continues!

15 long miles later

While we were at the mall on Saturday, Chris suggested we have biscuits and gravy for dinner. We agreed it would be a delicious way to carb load for my planned 15 miler on Sunday morning. When Chris got out the bisquick box I saw the picture of pancakes and made a comment that those looked really good. Before I knew it, Chris said it was ready and I walked out to the kitchen to find this delicious spread.

Pancakes, biscuits & gravy, bacon and all the fixins

Chris also made some scrambled egg whites and he shared a little of those with me. I made a complete piggy out of myself and ate all 4 of those pancakes, 2 biscuits with gravy, 4 pieces of bacon, along with the scrambled eggs. I finished it all off with my butterfinger pumpkin, but sadly it was too much chocolate for me to handle (how is that possible?). 

1st plate of delicious carbs

I only ate half of his face off

Then we spent the rest of the night relaxing and watching Prometheus, which I am still undecided about whether I liked it or not. I got all my stuff ready for the next morning and set my alarm for 5am. Sunday morning my eyes popped open and the alarm clock said 4:58, dang 2 minutes before the alarm. Then I remembered the time change and I checked my phone hoping I had another hour of sleep ahead of me, but alas the alarm clock had changed automatically and it really was time to get up. I went out on the balcony to test the temperature and saw some scary looking fog hanging around but I decided not to let it affect my run. 
*Note, this is not my photo, but a good representation of what it looked like. This photo can be found here: source

Foggy morning on the beach

I was out the door and running by 5:30 at an easy warm up pace, but I thought it might be a little faster than a 10 minute mile. That first mile set the tone for the rest of the run, and I think my body knew I needed to take it easy so that I would be able to run further than I ever had before. (My previous longest distance was 13.5 miles) Unfortunately, around mile 2 I had to run through some sand piles and managed to kick a large amount of sand into my shoes, so I had to stop and empty them out. It was a long, slow run, but somehow I managed to make it through and ran the entire 15 miles in 2 hours 37 minutes. That was exactly a 10:30 pace and I was pretty proud of that considering it included the stop to clean out my shoes, the short walk breaks I took at miles 5, 8, and 11 to refuel, and stopping for a water refill at mile 9. I’m really proud of this run and I feel like I fought for every single mile I finished. 

I’m thinking I might need to find something else to use on these long runs to hold my fuel and water. My fuel belt was really bothering me today, it kept riding up and I was fighting with it the entire run. Also, I’m starting to need more water than I can carry on this particular belt. Anyone have any recommendations? I really hate having extra stuff on me during my run, so I don’t want anything too big or annoying. I have a Camelback that I use for long bike rides, but I just don’t know if I could handle all the sloshing and bouncing that it would do if I tried to run with it. 

Please share what you use to carry your essentials for those long runs??

Lots of food…and a little exercise

I eat way too good when I am at my parent’s house, it is both a blessing and a curse. I love having food cooked for me because I am so lazy when it comes to cooking but without all my running I’m sure I have put on 5 pounds! Last night was no exception to the good food rule. 

We had a delicious dinner filled with lots of beautiful and colorful veggies. We also had some yummy steak and a giant baked potato, both cooked to perfection on the grill by my Daddy.

Here is my salad and dinner plate after I got it all fixed up. By the way, that is not sour cream on my baked potato, but greek yogurt. If you like sour cream, try replacing it with greek yogurt and see if you like it. The plain non-fat version tastes almost exactly the same as full fat sour cream, and you get a lot more protein and calcium by substituting.

This morning I got up and decided to actually do something other than sit my butt on the couch all morning. Dad said it was going to be about an hour until breakfast was ready so I went down to the basement (since it is really wet outside right now) and did a short workout. I spent about 30 minutes on the stationary bike and followed that with some weight lifting. I will be heading back down shortly after breakfast digests to do some Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30. I love it when she kicks my butt into gear!

Breakfast this morning was once again delicious and filling. Banana and peanut butter pancakes (with bacon, sadly not pictured). They were so good I couldn’t even take a picture of them before I had a couple of bites and you better believe I had seconds. (And third and fourths on the bacon)!!

Does anyone else think that food tastes so much better when someone else makes it for you? Maybe that’s why people enjoy eating out so much.

Anyone else have recommendations for healthy substitutions for our unhealthy indulgences?

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