When A Run Doesn’t Go As Planned

Today was supposed to be my long run. 17 miles. I got up really early, as I usually do on a long run day. Living in Southern California, even in October, as soon as the sun comes out, it can get hot really fast.

I was out the door about 10 till 5 and set out on my normal route. About 5 miles in, I felt a pinch in my left hip. It wasn’t too bad, so I just slowed down a bit and figured it would eventually fade. But it didn’t. In fact, it just hurt more. To the point I couldn’t ignore it anymore. After that, my head just wasn’t in it. I couldn’t convince myself to just try and keep going. I just wanted to sit down and not move my leg anymore. So, I called it at just over 8 miles. Which I know, isn’t anything to laugh at, but that’s 9 miles short. Which brings me up 9 miles short for this week.

I spent a good portion of the day feeling really down on myself and thinking I should have just sucked it up and ran. But I know ultimately, resting was what I needed to do.

So, tomorrow is a new day and the start of a new week. Back on the grind. 5 weeks left. I can do this.

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New Shoe Tuesday

This morning I went for my last run in my favorite pair of running shoes. I got these shoes last October, 2 days before the International Long Beach Marathon/Half Marathon and 5K when I went to the expo for the race. They had once worn shoes for $50 and I thought, what the heck, why not?! The shoes were in perfect condition and looked like they had never been worn. I only ran in them twice before my 5K that weekend, and that wound up being my fastest 5K to date. I wound up getting 3rd place in my age group that day. My first time placing in a race!

Today, I retired these shoes as they had well over 600 miles on them, which is way past due by any standards but I loved them so much I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them.

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But what made retiring them easier, was knowing that today a new pair of shoes would arrive. They are the same shoes, just a different color scheme.

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They feel almost exactly the same. I can’t wait to give them a go tomorrow morning.

Am I the only one who gets this deeply attached to my shoes?

Sunday Funday Runday

Welp, I managed to get through Saturdays 16 mile run. It certainly wasn’t easy and my pace was super slow. But I know during training, that’s ok. I just need to make sure my body can carry me the amount of miles I need to go.

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This morning I finally got to sleep in (which is something I sorely miss) and then went for a run/hike. Meaning I hiked most of it, but ran some of it as well. Temps here are still in the 90’s even though we’re heading into the 2nd week of October.

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So with that, week 10 of marathon training is complete and we now head into week 11. 5 more weeks to go.

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Update!

Wow, a lot has happened since the last time I posted!

I ran and completed my first full marathon. Official time was 4 hours 42 minutes and 16 seconds. Not too bad for only 3 weeks notice and 1 long run (of only 16 miles) before race day.

I’ve had 3 more races since then. The Fathers Day 5K, Miller Family YMCA 4th of July 5K, the Arroyo Creek 5K (was my 3rd year running it!), my first runDisney event the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K and the Simi Valley Boys and Girls Club Fun Mud Run which I did with my daughters.

Next up is the Haunted Trails of the Night 5K at Paramount Ranch. It’s a nice trail run, so headlamps or flashlights are required. Looking forward to this one! After that is the Rock N Roll LA Half Marathon and then my next full marathon, which I am in week 10 of training for. Yes! This time I am doing a full training schedule. 16 weeks of rigorous training. I love it and I hate it. My mileage per week currently is up in the 30’s. After that, just a couple of 5Ks for the rest of the year. And then we go into training for the LA Marathon. SUPER excited for that one!

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Mountains 2 Beach Marathon (4:42:16)10384744_10201670143150317_4436016052914729284_n

Fathers Day 5K (25:38)10519208_10201778158970645_7366232751193548085_n

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Arroyo Creek 5K (25:35)10649870_10202094913089300_2266711247391835990_n

Disneyland Half Marathon (2:07:14)10690214_10202187691928713_5416789213201709975_n

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K (26:15)
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Today I also got the email that I was chosen to be a Girls Run Fast Ambassador!

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This is a great group to be a part of. They are very involved in inspiring women and having women celebrate each other and our achievements. After all, we should be raising each other up, not putting each other down. So happy to be a part of this wonderful group. For more info, go to http://www.girlsrunfast.com