Monday, March 30, 2009

19.2 Miles of Pure Pain + TARHEELS in the Final Four!

Oh man! Yesterday was such a hard run for me! I had on the schedule 20 miles, and I waited until Sunday to run it because I skipped my Wednesday run and did it Thursday morning, so my Thursday run I moved to Saturday morning (b/c we had friends over Friday night -see below to meet them). My Saturday morning workout went well but little did I know it would leave me sore as hell Sunday morning!

I woke up around 8ish (way later than I had hoped) and just could not get motivated to get out the door! So I drank some coffee and watched some TV and then headed out around 9:30 with two GU's (Strawberry Banana is no comparison to Tri Berry even if it is a dollar cheaper), my iPod and some sunglasses. My butt and legs were KILLING me from doing sprints, squats, lunges and leg lifts on Saturday, so I was worried about how the run would go but I knew I couldn't wimp out on it with the marathon less than a month away!

As soon as I started out, I knew it was going to be rough. I was going way slower than normal and my legs just felt extremely heavy. I made a 5 mile loop and then ran back by my apartment (really wanting to just duck inside and call it a day) then I headed out for a 15 mile out and back. I started having to take walk breaks around that time (which I try never to do) and took my first GU around mile 6. I got down to the battery waterfront of downtown, and at mile 7 my iPod died even though it had been charging all night!

It was like a sign that this run was meant for disaster.

So I thought about what I could do, considered cutting the run short around mile 8 and 9, and talked myself into just doing at least 15-16. I kept telling myself that I had to keep going, even if it meant I had to run/walk the entire 20 miles! So that is exactly what I did and managed not to cut it short at all. My legs kept getting worse and hurt with every step, but I just kept pushing myself and thinking that it was okay if I had to run for a mile or so and then walk for a minute or two. I wasn't happy about it, but I managed to finish.

My out and back was a little shorter than I had planned for some reason, so the whole "run" ended up being only 19.2. I considered extending it to the full 20 at the end, but I figured it wouldn't make much of a difference because my body was just dunzo at that point. So I stretched as much as I could, came inside and collapsed, and talked the BF into getting me some bags of ice for my ice bath. That was harsh, but I think I managed about 8 minutes which I think did help my soreness today.

Other than that painful experience, we had a pretty good weekend! Saturday night we went to see I Love You Man (which was pretty funny, although a little long and awkward at parts), got our grocery shopping done for the week and yesterday afternoon (after I recovered a bit) we went to Hometeam BBQ with some great friends Sandy and Jason (hi guys!) to watch our HEELS demolish Oklahoma and win a trip to the FINAL FOUR!! We were pretty pumped about the win, so we decided to go check out the new FreshBerry downtown. It was delish! Here are some pics from the weekend for your veiewing pleasure:

Me and my college buddy Sandy sporting none other than Carolina Blue baby!

My boyfriend Matt and Sandy's boyfriend Jason making fun of us when we suggested they "get together for a picture." Gotta love Matt's huge silly smile!

Me and the boy :)

The reason we had to get to the movie theater early on Saturday, so Matt could play Galaga! He now holds the high score at the James Island Movie Theater if anyone would like to challenge his greatness :)

I don't know about you guys, but I am looking forward to a great week! I have today off running to recover, but here is my schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: 3-5 miles plus sprints & calistenics
Wednesday: 8 miles easy
Thursday: 6 mile bridge & calistenics
Friday: Off
Saturday: 10k Cooper River Bridge Run (if I can register this week in time)
Sunday: 12-13 mile run


  1. Oh no, the dead Ipod would have done me in. I think I would have sat down and cried. Way to stick it out though, and Congrats on the big win:)

  2. I'm so proud of you love!!! DAMN, 19.2! That is all I've got!

  3. great run girl I so wish you lived closer so we could have run together!!!! Hey are you flying to colorado???

  4. Great job on the run girl! 19.2 is awesome!! Since my team(Memphis) is out, I am definetely rooting for UNC!!

  5. You two are so cute!

    Mentally and physically, I think the BEST marathon training runs are the worst ones-- if you could push yourself through that, you know you can finish the marathon no matter what. Great job!

  6. Oh man - sounds like my first ever 20 mile run, except at least I had my iPod still working!

    Great great job sticking it out!!

  7. Way to go, pushing through! One of the things I've learned from runs like this - they're just as important (if not more) than the good ones. The fact that you could get through 19.2 torturous miles means that you'll be golden on marathon day, regardless of how you're feeling, you know?

    I had the same feeling about the movie - it was fun and cute, but a little long and seriously predictable.

  8. 19.2 is amazing!! Running with all of the set backs makes you all that much more tough for race day when you'll really demolish it!