Last day to be lazy. And I chose it to do my long run. And, yes, I’m still alive.

Obviously I haven’t been around much while I was on vacation for the last 10 days. I was soooooo busy during my vacation, that I just had NO time! Let’s see…there was…sleeping in everyday (until about 8 or 9ish…and one day I didn’t even leave the bed all day…until it was time for strength class at 4:30!)…watching TV (something I rarely do…because when I do watch TV, I get sucked right in and my life is over. Or I save TV for “hibernation days”…A.K.A. “winter”.)….there were food trucks (like, 3 times?)…baking and cooking up some new recipes…daily naps (and by naps, I sort of mean “short bouts of hibernation to prepare for winter”)…a day trip to Cincy to go to Jungle Jims and Ikea…and some workouts (but not as many as I had planned on)…and some NASM studying. Daily. For 1-3 hours. Clearly, we know how to plan a fabulous, memorable vacation and really live it up! 😉 So you see, there was just no time for blogging! 😦 Just lots of lazy and studying…as seen here:

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In all honesty though, we – mostly me – REALLY needed this downtime. Aaaaand I kinda just ignored social media. A lot! I think I’ve told you before that I tend to just go-go-go ALL the time, but lately I have been convicted of slowing down and having more “quiet times”. Which is REALLY hard for me! When I do end up making time for “quiet”, I either spend it thinking about what I could/should be doing, or I get interrupted. 🙂 So when our beach trip got bombed, this staycation really turned into a blessing in disguise. Sure, I ended up pretty much having a to-do list the size of The Bible, and tons of stuff that I wanted to do, but not all of it happened like that. 🙂 And it’s ok. It worked out the way it was supposed to, and even though I don’t feel like going back to work tomorrow, I feel ready to get back into a routine. And yes, go-go-go. With maybe one less ‘go’. 😉

Anyway! In another post I’ll have to tell you all about Jungle Jims – an International market. That place was truly amazing and worth the 1.5 hour drive there. That ended up taking over 2 hours because of a traffic jam from construction. #storyofourlife

(HUGE bag of peanuts, 3 of these rows of every hot sauce you can imagine, about 12 aisles of WINES!, and a 773 pound block of cheese.)

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So. Last Monday, I did end up finally getting out of bed…around 3:30…to go to strength class. Tuesday I did make it to spinning and kickboxing. Wednesday? Nada. We went to Cincy that day. 🙂 Thursday, made it to strength class. Friday, just a little 4 mile run. Naked. And by naked, I mean, no watch, no music, no ANYTHING! I. Just. Ran. And it was good. My time ended up being 38:??.

Long run for this weekend? Was supposed to be 13 miles. And then 17 miles next weekend. I didn’t make it out to do my long run Saturday OR Sunday. I know…this is why I don’t like to stop. I just get lazier and lazier. And THEN I realized that my next half is NEXT WEEKEND! Emerald City! SO! Since I knew I was going to be doing 13 next weekend, I just decided to switch the runs and do the 17 miler this weekend. IF I could get my butt in gear. And of course, on my last day of vacation, I got my butt in gear. 🙂

So. My heels/feet have been hurting pretty bad. They started hurting really bad after my 4 miler on Friday – really?! – and have been hurting ever since. I was researching more about it because I got worried about continuing to run on them, but I’m in the middle of training! I did read some helpful tips though – ICE ICE ICE!, Strassburg socks, certain stretches, lay off the speed and hill workouts, slooooowww down, and take shorter strides. I had been doing stretches, but apparently that isn’t enough. The speed and hill workouts, and slowing down & taking shorter strides was something I hadn’t heard before, but numerous people on boards (and a couple bloggers) were saying it helped them, so I figure it’s worth a try. No. More. Speed workouts. Or Hills. Boo. I was starting to enjoy those workouts.

Anyway, I figured I would keep it slow for these 17 miles today (and going forward) and really focus on shorter strides too. And I just may get those socks too…I did kinda cheat for these 17 miles though… 😦 The Hus had an appointment at noon that he really wanted me to go to, so I packed an extra outfit and figured I would be done with my run by 11:30 and I could just meet him there. Well, I wasn’t done. I still had 2 miles to go. But I knew how bad he wanted me to go to this appointment, and with the stressful situations he has been under lately, I knew I needed to go. SO! I ended at 11:30. At 15 miles. And then 2 hours later, I did another 2 miles. Ya. Does it even count as a long, 17 mile run? I feel like it doesn’t.

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This was actually a pretty good run too! I would have been fine finishing the last 2 miles if I had the time right then and there. It was REALLY hard doing the last 2 miles, 2 hours later! My feet were KILLING me! And they were really the only problem during the 15 miles too. They didn’t hurt at first, but maybe halfway in, they started hurting, and then towards the end, they were hurting pretty good. That was my only negative complaint for this long run. 🙂 The weather was good. I was hydrated. I fueled appropriately. And I felt strong.

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However! I did come home and Google if it counts that I did 15 miles, and then 2 miles 2 hours later. Yes, I asked Google that exact question. Don’t tell me you don’t do the same thing! Because I will Google some crazy stuff and it ALWAYS finishes my question before I finish typing it! haha

Anyway, I actually read some good articles about breaking up your long runs into 2 runs if you are a “middle of the pack runner”. A.K.A. you run a 10:00 pace or slower. Hey! That’s me! At least for longer runs. 😉 The articles were saying that anything over 2-2.5 hours isn’t really doing anything for your training besides mental preparation. And even if you DO run longer, you will still have to have some mental talks during your marathon. They were saying that by splitting say, an 18 miler, into 2 runs, you would still be running on fatigued legs for the 2nd half of the long run. You could do a partial run in the morning and finish in the evening; or an evening and the next morning run; or a morning and the next morning run. And any of those combinations are going to mean you are running that 2nd run on tired legs and it’s going to be the same mental game as if you did it all at once. (Obviously I’m taking bits and pieces from the articles, but I’ll give you the links at the end of this post so you can read for yourself.) They were just saying that by breaking up your long run (if you aren’t a speed demon), you could actually end up with less injuries and be better “recovered” for race day. I’m not saying this is what I’ll be doing now, but it made me feel better and it was interesting to read.

And that’s a wrap! On to grocery shopping, packing lunches, and getting back into the work grind/routine. 🙂

Have you ever split up your long run? How did it go if you did??

What have YOU been up to the last week?? Are you or your kids back in school yet? (Why does summer have to end???? WHY!!!)

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Links to the articles about breaking up your long runs:

http://www.active.com/a3_articles/d84a6feb-15c7-4ae4-8563-c9f6263ba86c/1?page=3

http://trailrunnermag.com/component/content/article/5-training-plans/625-doctors-orders

 

 

 

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