Today the plan called for 4 miles at an easy pace. It was already 75 degrees when I was getting ready, so I filled my Amphipod with nuun and headed out the door. I was doing a fairly flat route, so I figured I’d aim for about a 10 minute pace. I hit my first mile in 10:01 and was wondering why my legs were feeling like bricks. I picked it up just a little for mile 2 – 9:46. About halfway through mile 3, I started feeling really fatigued. Of course, my little brain is going “it’s not that hot. How do you expect to run 26.2 miles when you can’t even run 3? Gosh, my legs are tired. I’m so gonna suck at this marathon. Maybe I needed more sleep? Maybe I should have eaten something different for breakfa… oh, wait, maybe I should have eaten something for breakfast.” I realized I had eaten nothing but a half a cup of coffee and the crust from Shoo’s slice of bread since 7 pm the night before. I got up at 6:30, got everyone ready for school (except apparently, me), walked the mile or so from our house to Jones’ school to Shoo’s school, run a half mile home from Shoo’s school, and headed out on my run at 9:00am- all without any food. No wonder I was feeling fatigued! Duh.
I keep panicking about the fact that my last long runs were a few days earlier than they were scheduled. I had to run them when I had time. Three days should not make a difference, but I keep wanting to run “one more” long run. Thankfully, it is really warm here and 4-5 miles seems to be all I can crank out right now. I’d be upset about that, but since the all-knowing plan says 4-6 is all I should be running at this point, I’m talking myself off the ledge.
Instead of running, I’ve been shopping. I discovered this morning that the limiting factor for workout related laundry is running bras, so I picked up a new one at Old Navy today. I also picked up a cute little skirt because I’ve made a not so pleasant discovery. The training has stolen my cleavage and returned my waist to pre-kids size, but has made my thighs the size of a weightlifter on ster.oids, except not quite as cut. (I was going to include an image, but all I have to say is be careful when you google muscular thighs.) All of my shorts are too big in the waist and too tight through the legs. Lovely, I assure you. So, guess this spring will be the spring of the casual skirt for me.
I’ve also been doing a lot of reading. So far I’ve read Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner and Marathoning for Mortals (probably should have read that one BEFORE I started training LOL). In addition, I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of The Ultimate Runner: Stories and Advice to Keep You Moving from Amy and Tom over at the Runner’s Lounge. I really enjoyed it and will be writing a full review tomorrow, assuming my “brain on taper” can focus on one thought long enough to write it.