This long weekend was a blessing. Balancing work and marathon training is both mentally and physically exhausting. Although it’s been quite hard getting in those longer mid-week runs after work, I’m still going strong! And to top it off, the longest run I’ve ever completed happened on Sunday. 18 miles….18 miles across the fricken African Savanna (it was stupid hot/humid in Chicagoland). I didn’t die, I didn’t feel any kind of shooting pain anywhere, just the soreness that comes along with running for that long. I was stunned and if I had enough energy to spare at the time…I would have jumped and clicked my heels together I was so overjoyed. My pace wasn’t bad either considering the heat.
The funny this is that the night before, I barely got any sleep since the hubs and I went to a concert and didn’t get home until late. I’m still trying to figure out how this miracle run happened. After Sunday’s run I feel like I’m prepped for ANY kind of weather the marathon might through my way. Having a running partner staying on pace with me was key though. We kept on chanting how awesome we were and how close we were to finishing. Oh and food. Have to talk about food. Sunday afternoon was spent like this….
I also had to get my butt up and walk around so I wouldn’t cramp up so much so my sister and I made a date of it. What’s better than a nice walk around Half Priced Books? HELLLOOO Labor Day sale. We snagged some books and ate lunch before I gnawed my arm off. Burning 2,200 calories is something I’ve never done before in one run…so it was quite a task not dive-bombing for the fridge and eating everything in it. My Shakeology sampler pack also came in the mail over the weekend and I can’t wait to try this stuff out.
The stuff is ridic expensive, but I figured I’d see how one week of incorporating these shakes into my diet does with my marathon training and how they make me feel overall. Review to come!
It’s crazy to say that the marathon is pretty much one month away. ONE MONTH. Before then, I have two half marathons and a 20 miler race. Once that last 20 miler prep race is finished, the miles will slowly start to decrease! After the 18 miler on Sunday, I feel so confident about crossing that finish line in October and rocking the hell out of that medal. My fundraising is also getting closer and closer to the overall goal amount! If any readers would like to help and donate for this great cause, you can find that link here.
In other news, I have the Alpine Half Marathon this upcoming Sunday and stupid me, I forgot how hilly the course will be. Although the mileage is in line with my training, I have to keep my pace in check. The last thing I need is an injury (no matter how small) so close to the marathon! In addition to the hills, NO earbuds are allowed. This will be tough. If it gets bad, I hope any surrounding runners like some JLo because this girl will just start playing my playlist for all to hear. #sorrynotsorry.
Either way, I’m pumped and up for the challenge! All smiles! This runner is HAPPY.