As you may or may not know, I am training for the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 19, 2014. This will be my second marathon. I ran the Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon in February of 2012.
It was mostly a terrible experience but I finished. You can read about it here: https://rundedeauxrun.com/2012/02/06/i-came-i-saw-i-got-my-medal/
I decided to run another marathon because I am SURE I can have a more pleasurable experience this time around. I got into the Houston Marathon lottery and was picked. They offered a training program for lottery winners called RunCoach. I signed up and have been doing my best to follow the plan. It started off really slowly and included only 2-3 days of running really short distances. I’ve worked up to 4 days of running: 2 pace run days that include drills and some sort of interval training, 1 easy run day and one long run day. It has been fun and nerve racking to inch up mileage each week.
I am trying to give myself the best chance at a good run in January. I also decided to lose some weight to relieve some of the stress on my knees and other joints. So… I’ve lost 30ish pounds. I’d still like to drop a bit more. It is amazing to pick up something that weighs around 30 pounds and imagine that I was running around carrying that extra weight with me 6 months ago!
Last week, my long run was 8 miles! I haven’t run 8 miles since some time in EARLY 2012. That makes me feel so shameful. I don’t know what came over me and made me stop running for months and months and months and… You get the picture. Anyway. I ran 8 miles on a hilly pace last Friday. It went really well. If you’d like to be my Nike+ friend, send me a friend request. My user name is RunDedeauxRun. If you aren’t flexing shirtless with extra body oil, I’ll accept.
The drills have been okay. I had to do one day on the treadmill because I overslept and it was too hot to run outside. I’ve agreed with my husband that I need to get out and brave the elements, but I think that will only apply on long run days. I’ve noticed that I am running faster lately. Even this week, when I ran with all kinds of problems: uncomfortable panties, stomach was hurting, felt like I was getting diarrhea, was tired from running drills the day before… blah, blah, blah… But I ran that run just a few seconds slower than my original regular running pace. That’s pretty nice! So I felt crappy physically when I finished but I was proud of myself for running 5 miles with all of those problems. It was a ‘meh’ kind of run physically but yay me for slogging through and finishing.
I’ve told you about the Yay! I just went through the Meh! So, It’s time for the UGH! My right knee is hurting. Boo…
I have no idea what happened. On my easy run the other day (the one with the panty, stomach and diarrhea issues), my knee started hurting AFTER the run. I forgot to ice it and today it hurts even more. I skipped my pace run/drills this morning. When I kneel, I feel a shooting pain right up the middle of my knee. I am not happy about this. I’m thinking about going to an ortho just to check it out.
I have 129 days left to train. I don’t really know what to do. I DO NOT have time for an injury.
Congrats on jumping back on the band wagon. Surely marathon #2 will be a better experience. Keep sharing!
Another marathon? Yea! That’s awesome! You will be fabulous 🙂
Thanks! I am excited 🙂