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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The One About The Rest Of Marathon Training (only 10 more days!!)

Hi, there! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately life is just a tad bit crazy. Between planning a wedding (46 days!! Ahh!!) and marathon training, my job, and our church responsibilities life is just busy. Also, let’s throw in there the fact that I had a bad week and some health stuff last week and well there just really wasn’t anything to write about.

I didn’t post a weekly recap because I only worked out 3 times last week and only logged 3 miles; yep, that’s it! On Monday of last week, Alex and I went for a bike ride which was nice. Wednesday I skipped running in favor of the elliptical. And then on Friday I did a 5K for my #5bythe5th challenge. And that was all she wrote for last week.

I’m not really sure what was up with me health-wise but I had a pretty bad week; I was lethargic all the time and it was bad. I managed through work each day but then by the time I got home all I could do was change clothes and just sit. In fact I even fell asleep 2 nights last week by 6:30!! That is definitely unusual for me seeing as most nights it’s 11:00 before I even think about bed and usually 11:30 when I actually make it there.

I am and I’m also not super concerned about what was going on with me last week. The overly lethargic part does bother me some but if you consider what all is going on in my life it’s not too alarming. However, I will be going to see my doctor soon and I’m curious to have her do some blood work to see how my iron levels are. There have been a few changes recently that make me curious if this could be the issue; I was recently put on birth control so my hormones are a bit crazy and I have also changed my diet to be strictly vegetarian. The diet part may have a lot to do with it, however, I do try really hard to incorporate iron rich foods, but there is always the learning curve and experimenting process of eating new diets.

I’m also not too concerned as to how it affected my marathon training. Do I wish I had logged more than 3 miles last week? Well of course! And I really wish I had gotten a long run in as well. I think it goes without saying that runner’s HATE missing runs but bottom line is I got all the super hard work in and I honestly feel well trained at this point. I’m not afraid that a week off to catch up on some clearly much needed rest is going to make or break this marathon for me. And I’m still confident in the time goal I have set for myself as well.

Thankfully I’m feeling about 90% better this week. I did struggle some on Monday but after FORCING myself into the gym last night I’m feeling better today and just ready to finish out these next few days strong.

Here’s what the rest of marathon training will look like for me:

Week 16 (Apr 8-14)
5 miles

4.3 mile walk

Done + 4 miles
5 miles
4 miles (speed work?)
8 miles
25+ miles
Week  17
(Apr 15-21)
4 miles
BodyPump + 3 miles
Hollywood Heights 5K
Race Day
36+ miles

So a few other little updates in life:

Alex and I have 2 more days on our No Eating Out Challenge and it’s been great!! After it’s all said and done we haven’t really SAVED too much money on food because I think we have overcompensated a little bit (or a lot) at the grocery store but I do FEEL so much better not having a bunch of unhealthy foods in my body. We actually have really liked this and want to incorporate the habits of eating at home and trying new recipes into our life more. We actually talked about even extending the challenge to 50 or 60 days but we will both be going out of town in the next couple of weeks (he will be gone a whole week for work stuff and I have my race) so chances are we won’t be able to totally refrain from eating out. But we may do a short 20 day challenge in May before the wedding. Overall it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I think the hardest part was simply not being able to get my teas that I love so much. For the month of March I was able to get free tea at a local gas station but that ended April 1st so the past 2 weeks have been hard, but I’ve just been more purposeful about making tea at home. We tried several new recipes and if I can get my act together I would like to get a post up in the next few weeks documenting the challenge and how we made it work. I have several posts floating through my head right now so we will see how many make them out…

I mentioned a while back that Alex was searching for law schools and I’m happy to say that he has been accepted several places (I knew he would be) but we have decided that the best place for us is to be here in Dallas. So this fall Alex will be going to law school at SMU! I could not be more proud of him and I am so thankful for his hard work and dedication. I also have a few possibilities floating around myself for this fall but I’m not quite ready to talk about them yet.

Our wedding invitation went out yesterday and I’m so excited for people to get them! Here’s a sneak peak at them!

Most of our big things are done as far as the wedding is concerned; however, our list of things to do just keeps growing thanks to all the little stuff that just adds up. I don’t really feel too stressed out and I know in the end things will come together as they should. Alex has been unbelievably helpful and in fact he may have done more than I have at this point.

So that’s about it for now. I will try to be better about updating and I will definitely come back and fill you in with pre-marathon thoughts like always! 


Suz and Allan said...

Glad you are feeling better this week. Congratulations to Alex on finding the law school that's going to be the best fit for him! I can't believe your marathon is almost here. Good luck with your training this week!

Steph @ Steph Runs On said...

I'm glad you are feeling better, and I hope you're able to figure out what the cause is!

Kim Turner said...

Glad you are feeling better this week - don't let yourself get completely rundown!!!
Awesome that y'all get to stay in Dallas - and congrats to Alex on SMU!!

Curly Pink Runner said...

SO glad to hear you are feeling better!! There is nothing worse than health struggles!!

Tyly said...

I hope you're back to 100% soon, and I LOVE your invitations!!!!! The colors and design are amazing! Congrats to Alex on SMU!