At least that's how I'm feeling. It's been over a year since my last post and so much has transpired during that time.
1. I moved back to Houston from Sacramento
2. I found 2 new jobs in a 6-week time-frame
3. I am training for my first half marathon to take place on 11/11
4. I've gained over 10lbs since being home
5. I've moved into a new apartment and STILL living among boxes.
For the most part all of these are good things with the exception of the
weight gain. I am not sure of the root cause which makes it more
difficult to nail down how to remedy the situation. But I am not
focusing on the bad.
The good is that I ran my furthest distance this past Saturday!!!! 13.5 miles. It should have been the worse run ever since:
1. my hydration belt was a complete nightmare. It was too bulky and the
bottles flew out of the holster not even a 1/4 mile into the run.
Luckily, one of the group runners stashed one bottle, I carried one and
put another in my back pocket. The fourth I tossed in the trash.
2. my iPod wasn't fully charged so I my Nike+ didn't track my run.
3. my Cardio Trainer app couldn't connect a GPS signal so it didn't track my run either.
4. the girls in my pace group thought we took a wrong turn and we spent too
much time discussing which way to go (I wish folks would listen to me
because I have a good sense of direction and knew where we were headed).
5. by the end of the run, my white skirt was drenched (luckily not see through) and one leg was chaffed.
I still say my run was great because I accomplished something I swore I
would never do - run further than 6 miles and ENJOYED it. My goal for
the actual half marathon is to complete it in under 3 hours. The
practice run was done in 2 hours and 56mins (including potty break,
direction discussion, and stop lights).
My concerns during and following the run were hydration and soreness. I
generally don't drink during my runs but have noticed that since moving
back home, the humidity sucks all life out of you so I find myself
hoping for a water break. I will invest in a camelback this week and
make sure there is a bathroom along the race route. It's Day 2 post practice run and I'm
just a bit tight. I used my tiger tail immediately after the run, I stretched Saturday and yesterday, walked for 2.35
miles and did yoga yesterday. I think that helps with the delayed
soreness. I need to foam roll tonight and continue to stretch. I think today will be a cross train day. Did someone say TurboFire?
So that's the practice run recap. Tomorrow, I will work on a game plan for my diet. Ah, the never-ending saga of attempting to be healthy.
I will catch up on my blog reading. Time to get back in the game.