December 15, 2015

Ho ho ho holiday training for a marathon

As we are in the throws of the holiday season, I had a little epiphany this morning when I was out on my long run. Not only did this keep me entertained, but it also kept me from crying the whole way.  Yes, it was one of "those" long runs.  You know, the kind that you hate, but you have to complete.  I struggled every single mile, but I completed my 12 (yes it was a cutback week) and did not meet my time suggestions from my coach, but I did finish.


Here are some of my thoughts during this tragedy of a long run:

1. Why did I sign up for a January marathon?  When will I learn that it can wreak havoc on my social calendar?

2.  If you go to parties/gatherings 6 out of 7 nights in one week how can you expect to have a good run?  Yes, this thought crossed my mind multiple times during my slow slog through 12 miles.

3. Can I eat treats when I get home or should I stick to my usual protein shake?  Yup, after days of indulging, I drank a protein shake.

4.  Who else runs in December?  I don't see anyone else out here early Sunday morning.  What is wrong with me?

5.  My feet hurt, my list of Christmas things to do is not getting any shorter so why in the world did I sign up for a January 10th marathon?

6.  Ahh finally other runners....but why are they so happy?  Did they skip parties this week so they could feel good on their run?

7.  Why am I crying when I spot Tom in the car?  Pam quit being such a baby, you chose to do what you did this week.

8.  Don't sign up for a January marathon ever again.

9.  If you are doing a long run, don't eat and drink like a queen for the entire week before.

10.  You have to turn down party invitations so you can feel better on your long run.  Wait, we did skip a party on Thursday night.  Why don't I feel better?

11.  It's too hot outside. I'm sick of this warm weather in December. Hello, this is why we moved to North Carolina so we could avoid New England winters.

12.  When is this long run going to be over?

13.  How many times have I looked at my watch?

14.  I really need an ice bath when I get home.  Why is it that these feel so good after a long run?

15.  How many more long runs until race day?  I'm really over this training cycle.
How I felt after my run!
Anything to add to the list?  What do you think about during that tough long run?
(Pam)

8 comments:

  1. Background: Running Dopey for first time, live in Minnesota (cold and snow!!!), kinda slow, ran 20 last Saturday with one more 20 before taper.

    I laughed hard when I read this post and wondered at least once if you somehow got a copy of the email I sent to my wife and/or extended family in the last two weeks.

    It is a WHOLE new world. I have an indoor track I usually use in winter, but never ran more than 12 miles in one run there; now WHY are my hips aching at mile 10??? I also still run outside, but again, never a long run during cold: now WHY did my camelback tube freeze and I did not notice it until AFTER I put the whole gu pack in my mouth!!!!

    No beer since 11/1 has made holiday parties and the actual holidays "fun". Not to mention the serious part of football season festive. And the time! Friend: "I was at Buffalo Wild Wings drinking beer and watching a great game! did you see it?" Um nope, I was on a five hour run. . .

    Family: Are you going to smoke pheasants and turkeys for the party? Are you going to bring your ham? Umm nope, I am not really eating meat right now and it smells too dang good to stay on training schedule!!!!

    I OBSESS over the weather report. How do I sneak out of work to get a 3 hour run in before the wind comes up and the snow starts flying. The logistics of keeping shoes dry and warm clothes dry and fresh is amazing. I think I have raised the stock of Smart wool by buying sox to keep my feet warm.

    One more long run left before taper. Actually looking at weather to decide if Saturday or Sunday. Early forcast is down around zero Saturday morning, so. . . Improvise, adapt, overcvome, and pray it doesn't rain in Orlando!! :)

    Again, thanks for sharing. It at least affirmed I am not alone.

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  2. Background: Running Dopey for first time, live in Minnesota (cold and snow!!!), kinda slow, ran 20 last Saturday with one more 20 before taper.

    I laughed hard when I read this post and wondered at least once if you somehow got a copy of the email I sent to my wife and/or extended family in the last two weeks.

    It is a WHOLE new world. I have an indoor track I usually use in winter, but never ran more than 12 miles in one run there; now WHY are my hips aching at mile 10??? I also still run outside, but again, never a long run during cold: now WHY did my camelback tube freeze and I did not notice it until AFTER I put the whole gu pack in my mouth!!!!

    No beer since 11/1 has made holiday parties and the actual holidays "fun". Not to mention the serious part of football season festive. And the time! Friend: "I was at Buffalo Wild Wings drinking beer and watching a great game! did you see it?" Um nope, I was on a five hour run. . .

    Family: Are you going to smoke pheasants and turkeys for the party? Are you going to bring your ham? Umm nope, I am not really eating meat right now and it smells too dang good to stay on training schedule!!!!

    I OBSESS over the weather report. How do I sneak out of work to get a 3 hour run in before the wind comes up and the snow starts flying. The logistics of keeping shoes dry and warm clothes dry and fresh is amazing. I think I have raised the stock of Smart wool by buying sox to keep my feet warm.

    One more long run left before taper. Actually looking at weather to decide if Saturday or Sunday. Early forcast is down around zero Saturday morning, so. . . Improvise, adapt, overcvome, and pray it doesn't rain in Orlando!! :)

    Again, thanks for sharing. It at least affirmed I am not alone.

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  3. I get it. Same here. I signed up for a half on Feb 7. Training in the NE in the winter. What was I thinking?

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  4. I completely understand where you're coming from, Pam! Training during the holidays is tough. You are almost there, though...keep up the great work!

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  5. Oh Pam! I feel your pain! Training during the holidays is so hard! Hang in there girl! You're almost there!

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  6. It is rough! Training for Charleston, most everyone's "peak week" is the week of Christmas or the week after (depending on if you do a 2 or 3 week taper). I know Disney is about the same way because I think it's the same weekend. That's the only thing I have against the Charleston Marathon full because most people can't get in a 20 on Christmas weekend. But you've got this- you always do a great job with your racing and have such an amazing support system. Plus training for a race in the holiday season is one way to counteract any holiday weight gain or temptation to just be lazy!

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  7. YES!! Oh man what were we thinking?!!? I have so much shopping, planning and wrapping left to do. But my training schedule has me at 13 miles on Saturday and 25 on Sunday!! I'll be dead and useless with no time to do what needs to be done! The weather is hot one day and cold the next, snow flurries on Saturday, but 45 on Sunday! All I want to do is Run and Eat! Pretty sure I said never again after training for Tink Half that was in January 2014...yet here I am training for Goofy now! Crazy, that's what we all are.

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  8. I'm doing the half myself, but I do get it. I grew up with childhood bronchospasms brought on by one trigger, COLD! So I have been doing most of my training on an indoor track and the treadmill this past month or so. It has been unseasonably warm this winter so far, thank you el nino, but I still am forced to run indoors for this race! But it still has been a treat. Only 19 days to go until Disney expo opens! Will be my first disney race and I am extremely excited.

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