Half Marathon Training Week 6: 9 Miler Recap

I’m a little late on this posting, but I actually took pictures on my run so I wanted to write about it!

On Wednesday, my mom and I headed out for 9 miles. I was really nervous because all day my left shin had been hurting a bit. I didn’t want to get to mile 4 and have to give up because of pain. The miles ticked by and I felt okay, and I just really hoped I’d make it to mile 9!

The first few miles were uneventful until a little past mile 3 when we hit the hills. There was a really long, steep hill here, but that wouldn’t be the end of it. The rest of the run was rolling hills (I guess I should have checked the elevation charts beforehand). We trained on this route for the marathon so I totally thought we’d be okay, but the hills were really tiring!

These pictures were after the first big hill, around mile 3-4. Those miles were through the Trump National Golf Course, so it was a pretty scenic run, though it was cloudy so you can’t really tell from the pictures.

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Side note: membership fee for Trump Golf Course is $300,000 a year!!! Crazy…

Anyway, after we left the course we were on a hilly road for 2-3 miles. Around mile 5 I had half a banana as fuel, but I don’t think it was enough because I was slowly fading by the end and having to walk a few times. My quads were burning! The last mile actually came up quickly but was the hardest. I imagined it was the last mile of the NYC Marathon and that there was no way I would walk or slow down in the last mile. It worked and I had a faster last mile but I was dunzo by the end. We finished in about 1:35. I guzzled down my NUUN water and normal water and stretched for a bit. I’m thinking I’m going to need more fuel for the next long run.

Has anyone tried fueling with bananas? Do you use NUUN? How do you use it? I need all the fueling help I can get!


4 Mile Run = Longest Run in Months!

Yesterday I had my half-marathon training class, in which I am one of the assistant coaches. It’s our second week, and for the intermediate group we ran 4 miles. This is the longest I have ran since beginning of December probably!

I was a little nervous actually, even though I really had no reason to be. I have been doing 3 miles consistently, so 1 more mile would be fine.

But then I was warming up and could already tell my shins were going to be hurting. When they are sore as I do jumping jacks and stuff I know it will be a tough run! Sigh… #runnerprobz

I ran with one of the girls in the class which definitely helps the time go by. Also, had she not been there, I know I would have made a million excuses and ended the run at 2-3 miles, and told myself I’d make it up later in the week. I’d think, “my shins hurt…my calves are so tight…it’s really cold…” It was just one of those days where you’re not really itching to run but you just gotta do it.

Which is why I’m so glad I had a running buddy! We chatted and talked about races we’ve done, and before I knew it we were done. I also ran at a faster pace than I’m used to, because I wanted to keep up with her. It was tough, but I could still hold a conversation which is good.

What I learned from this run is that even when your brain is telling you to quit and just do it another day, your body will surprise you. You have a lot of gas left in the tank, and you are able to push past that tiredness or what have you to finish your run. Same goes with lifting. The other day I was on my last set of pullups and thought I could only do 6 reps…then I heard a personal trainer motivating his client with “Come on! You can do it!” and imagined him yelling that at me…and lo and behold I finished the full set! I found this quote that relates perfectly…even if you’re not a runner the message is the same:

Conquer your mind and you will surprise yourself. Can’t wait to see how our 5 mile run goes next week…I actually am nervous for that!

When has your mind told you to quit but you kept going…and felt awesome after?


Half-Marathon Training Begins!

This past Tuesday I had my first half-marathon training class at Rutgers. I am one of the assistant coaches and love it! We have about 20 people who signed up with the goal of running their first half-marathon on April 21. I won’t be running it with them, but I’m running one on April 27. This is the perfect way for me to do my long runs with a group, plus my mom is signed up and will join as well!

I have been running 2-3 times a week, so…not enough. But I’m starting back up with my running coach on Monday…which gives me a lot of motivation and accountability!

Which is why I ran 3 miles yesterday even though I was so. tired. I woke up at 6 am today to travel to Arlington. I’m visiting a friend and will be presenting at a conference today. I took Amtrak in which was a way better idea than driving. PS – Can we talk about how beautiful Union Station is? Love the architecture!

View as I stepped out of the station. It was a beautiful day!

I was exhausted when I got here. 1) I am not a morning person. 2) There was a crazy wind/rain storm on Wednesday night that kept me up. I hung out with my friend for a bit, got lunch, then passed out for a good 2 hours.

When I got up I was all confused and still groggy, but I dragged my butt to her apartment gym, and did 3 miles on the treadmill! Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Get it done.

I ended up doing rolling hills for 3 miles. For example, I did 2 hills for 60 sec (5.0 and 6.0 inclines), then at 8.0 and 9.0 inclines I did both for 45 seconds. Finally, I ended at 10.0 and 11.0 incline, both for 30 seconds. I took a 2-3 minute break in between, just running at an easy pace.

Felt awesome when I finished, and I’m glad I didn’t skip out even though I really wanted to.

How do you motivate yourself when you really don’t want to exercise?