Gearing Up and Weighing In

No, that is not Emz’s treadmill reading from this morning!  That is my weight as of last night.  I hear all you guys talking about how much weight you have gained and lost during taper and the race, so I just want to see what happens with mine over the next three weeks!  Before beginning marathon training, mine hovered in the 128-133 range.  Since training began, it’s been more in the 133-138 range.  140 is my scary number.  I’ve come close a time or two, but I haven’t hit it yet!  I’m sure things will return more to normal once the race is behind me.

The race…

Up to this point, I’ve been filled with a mixture of fear, excitement, dread, and awe about my upcoming RnR Vegas marathon.  Now that it’s just a little over two weeks ago (gasp!!!) most of that mixture is gone.  Now I’m just left with a severe case of insomnia and butterflies.  (Okay, I can’t really blame the race for the insomnia.  That’s been going on for quite a while.  I thought the new mattress would help.  It has not.)

I asked for your opinions on my long runs last week, and I took the advice you gave.  I ran 15 miles on Sunday.  While there was much stretching and quite a bit of walking, I completed the 15 miles at well under the Vegas cutoff pace.  As things are now, I don’t care if it takes me every second of that 5:30 to finish.  I just want to finish, and if I have to stop and stretch 4,000 times during that 26.2 miles to get ‘er done, that’s exactly what I’ll do.  It held up pretty well during the 15 but I was hurting pretty badly afterwards.  I rested it Monday and Tuesday and by last night I was able to run 5 miles relatively pain free.  I’ve been experimenting more with a pain relief regimen, and I’ve come up with a combination that seems to be keeping me moving:  LOTS of foam rolling, ibuprofen (low doses several times a day), Biofreeze, elevation, and alternating ice and heat.  As I said I ran 5 last night, and it’s not killing me this morning, so that’s improvement.  It actually feels like I may be able to run again tonight.  If I can, this will be the first time I”ve been able to run two days in a row in WEEKS.

So since I took your advice and ran 15 last weekend, you know what that means…. 20 MILES THIS WEEKEND.  I think I’m almost as nervous about that as I am the race itself!

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14 thoughts on “Gearing Up and Weighing In

  1. I freaking almost fell out of my chair laughing at that, I love it. maybe one day . . . . . [that'd be so cool to do a 100 miler on a mill] . .squirrel . . sorry got side tracked.

    You'll rock the 20 AND the race. You've got this. You know it!!

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  2. Well, be sure to get on that scale right after you finish and take a picture…. my weight is still down 2 from marathon start.

    As for the insomnia, try to at least rest. I would lay in bed thinking… and it was much better than doing stuff… as my body was relaxing. I went to bed at 8pm starting 3 nights before the race.

    As for the 20, listen to your body… running the 20 DID NOT prepare me for the 26.66…and there is no need to hurt yourself doing 20 when your real goal is 26.2!!!

    Praying for your babe!

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  3. Bahaha, Emz treadmill reading. Too funny.

    You're going to rock those 20 miles like it's nobody's business. I am heading out for 16 this weekend which means 20 is in my near future. I am sending positive vibes your way darlin'.

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  4. Wow, that sounds like such an intense injury repair routine! So sorry to hear you have to deal with it (the injury…not the routine…or maybe both). Hope it doesn't act up too much and heals quickly after the marathon!

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