Little Rock Marathon Countdown – 46 hours

The countdown to my first marathon continues, except now it’s not days, it’s hours!!!  I’m sleeping good, but getting fat!!  I weighed this morning and I’m up about 3 pounds from my normal weight and if you know me, I no likey weight gain!  But, not stressing over it, not cutting back, I’ll be back to my normal weight as soon as it warms up outside.

Here is the new forecast for the marathon – Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. South wind between 10 and 15 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.  Temperature dropped a bit, but the chance of rain increased and the wind is STILL there!!  Hate the wind, and I’m certain, without a doubt that I will be running into the wind when I’m running UP Kavanaugh for 2 miles!

The second night of our Women Can Run Clinic was last night, my foot was sore and bruised!!  When I got there they informed us our Leader was sick, BUMMER!!  We had a sub, who was very pushy!  She wanted us to run a slow lap then do a 2 mile tempo run, Kim had already run 17 miles prior to the clinic, she was doing her long run today since she has drill this weekend, she is a machine!!  So we picked up the pace a bit after our warm-up, our Sub was right there “this should be comfortably hard”, boy was it!!  Kim was pretty tired after her 17 miles and my arch was pretty tender, but got warmed up.

Kim and I got left behind, fine by us, and ended up doing 3 miles.  Rounded out her 20 for the day and got the 3 I wanted.  We did 1 cool down lap, I can’t even remember if we stretched and then left.

When we were leaving we tried to count how many women were out on the track, we think about 100, but less than were there on Monday.  Still a nice group.  I know in our advanced group there were only 4, whereas on Monday there were 7.  I hope Dianne (leader) was just cautious and did not have the flu, she is supposed to run the Marathon on Sunday!!

3 miles     Avg pace 10:03 YIPPEE!!    Calories 277  Left my heart rate strap off

  1. 10:21
  2. 10:04
  3. 9:43  Look at that would ya!!  Drugs are my friends!

Today is the start of the Expo for the Little Rock Marathon, I’m meeting Kim at Lakewood for an easy 2 mile jog at 12:30, then we are headed to the River Market and Convention Center!!  So excited about getting my bib number, I will be official!!  Tomorrow will be an easy day, watching the kids run around 11am and then to the expo again with my Cabot running buddies.  Then SUNDAY the big day, I’m just so glad my foot and leg are feeling better, well my leg anyway.

Little Rock Marathon Countdown – 2 days

Anxious, that’s a good word for what I’m feeling, very anxious is more like it. Two days plus some hours and seconds until I’ll be running the streets of Little Rock for my first marathon. I just checked the forecast for Sunday – Sunday: A slight chance of showers between 10am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. This poses a couple of issues – wearing something I haven’t been wearing all winter and it’s going to be freaking windy. again.

I’m not really sure that I want to wear shorts, I might have my mother bring shorts and then I could change into them? has anyone done that? She will be at about mile 16 around 11:30 so that would be when it’s warming up and close to a water station where there are port-a-potties. Or maybe I could wear them under my running pants and I could just take them off and hand them off to her if I’m too hot. ARGGG!! This week is driving me bonkers!!

Okay, you might have read I was given a shot in my foot yesterday, I can add this to one of those lists “You might be a runner if….. You subject yourself to a shot in the arch of your foot just to run a damned marathon” The other things I didn’t mention yesterday were – I tried to talk to my doctor about my hip/leg problem, he blew me off and I almost passed out after getting the shot in my foot, got that sweaty, nauseated, light headed if I stand up I’m going to fall over feeling. The nurse had to get a wet towel and fan me for 10 minutes before I could sit up. I’m a big baby.

My foot was partially numb for most of the night, this morning it’s a little sore, which they told me it would be, they said ice it, stretch it, but it would be perfect for race day. I keep calling it race day, but by no means will I be racing anyone.

I want to finish before 2pm, that’s my goal, one of the local TV stations FOX 16 is filming the finish line until 2pm and of course I want to see how dead tired I look when I do cross the finish. I can watch it over and over again 🙂 Also they start closing down stuff at 2:30 and I don’t want to be dragging ass in at 2:30. So, yesterday in my email I received a confirmation for the marathon with my bib number 551, so my goal time? 5:51 fitting huh?, that’s like a 13:30 average pace, I can do that, right? Anxious, very anxious.

I didn’t run yesterday, but tonight is our Women Can Run Clinic in North Little Rock, I want to run about 3 miles, easy. The only other run I plan before the marathon may be a very easy 2 mile run, maybe, maybe not. The expo starts tomorrow and I have tons of things to do to get ready for race day. Anxious, very anxious. Thanks Amy for giving me that word!

Ouch

I received a painful steroid shot in my foot, wow, I had no idea it would be that painful.  I don’t think I will be going back to see this same doctor, I had to make him stop and explain what he was about to do to the arch of my foot, I was about to have an anxiety attack because he didn’t explain the process.  Anyway, it should make my foot feel all superhero like for the marathon.

Marathon Madness – 3 days to go

Actually it’s 4 days 1 hour 37 minutes and some odd seconds, but by the time most of you read this, 3 days, xx hours, you get the drift. I’ve started making my list of things I’ll need to have or need to buy, I guess that means it’s official, I’m running a Marathon!! The Little Rock Marathon!! I’m excited and scared all at the same time, I’ve been reading other runner’s first marathon blogs, most are pretty great, so that has really gotten me more excited than scared. The forecast has been revised again, now the low on Sunday morning is about 49 and the high for the day a whopping 70, Brenda will not be happy, and still a 30% chance of rain. Of course this is Arkansas and it will change everyday. I’m not going to decide what to wear until the night before the race.

A little bit of enlightenment, Anti-inflammatory drugs, if you have ever read this blog you know that I have been plagued by this hip/leg/groin pain since January, well yesterday I went into my medicine cabinet and found a bottle of Voltaren, anti-inflammatory, I took only one with food, just to see how my leg would feel, OMG, my leg felt better than it’s felt in a while! Maybe it was all in my head, maybe not, but this morning my leg is hurting again, so as soon as I eat some oatmeal, down the hatch another pill goes, round two of drug testing. I’m not running today, but my leg hurts just walking. I’m also going to speak to my Ortho doc about it today when I go in for my steroid shot in my foot. Ouch. Yes, I know drugs are bad, but if they can get me through this marathon pain free, well bring them on!!!

Last night was our Tuesday Night Flyer’s Running Clinic in Cabot, we were scheduled to meet at the High School track, most everyone was doing a 1 mile time trial, not me, so I was just planning on doing my 3 mile run and watching everyone, and maybe pushing them to go faster too! But, when we got to the High School they were having some sort of sporting event, so Plan B, Dennis pointed us across the street to the Community Center.

Darn, I hate Plan B’s, I didn’t want to even go to the clinic, it was about 40 degrees outside and the wind was blowing about 20-25 mph, it was FREEZING!! I’m pretty sick of the wind and cold, I had called Annette and she was not in a very good mood either, she said the same, sick of the wind, it just sucks the energy right out of you. But, we got our unhappy running butts over to the community center as Dennis instructed.

I had bought some throw away gloves at Target ( .37 for a pack of 2) and was trying to give them away to the girls before we got started when Raquel said she needed to use the bathroom, so we ran inside the Center very quickly, when we came out everyone, huge group, had started running, great, missed something I’m sure. We stopped at the corner and Dennis was telling us where the loop was, okay, so everyone took off again. I was in the back of the pack, Annette and Bailey ran with me for a little while, the front of the pack was blocking the wind! After the first loop everyone pretty much spread out, Annette was still in front of me, but we weren’t running together anymore.

We made two loops and then the entire group was at the starting point, Dennis was giving new instructions, well apparently I had missed the original instructions that we were doing a WARM-UP run, okay, take a peek at my first mile, okay, see, not quite at warm-up pace, you can see my dismay. Anyway, we were now supposed to run some weird 3 x 1, 2 x 1, 3 x 1, at Lactate Pace, I could not get it, I was running with Kelly, not the original Kelly, new Kelly (Josh’s wife), and she didn’t understand it either. We just took off running and had to stop and ask Arland, Bailey and Annette what we were supposed to do, they explained, 1 minute at Lactate Pace 3 times, recover after each one minute, 2 minutes at Lactate pace 1 time, recover, and then 1 minute at Lactate Pace 3 times again, I think. That’s what we did anyway. Kelly is a bit faster than me, but it was nice to have someone to talk to during our recovery sections. Once everyone was through we talked for just a bit, it was just too damned cold, gotta get warm, so I headed out. Oh, and my leg felt really good during the run, I was really amazed.

My stats are below, notice the first mile, fast, the rest slower because of the recovery times between each one minute run. I only ran 2.70 miles, really needed 3, oh well, like I said, too COLD!!

2.70 miles Avg pace 10:48 Avg HR 155 Max 177 Calories 242 Fastest Pace: 7:37

  1. 10:16
  2. 10:51
  3. 11:29

Little Rock Marathon Countdown – 4 days

Little Rock Marathon is 4 days away and here’s a couple of questions for you –

1.  How often should I do my Carb-boom, ever 4 miles or ever hour?

2.  I have been sneezing today, like I might be getting a cold, I don’t feel bad at all, should I go to the doctor? or hope it’s just allergies?

Those are the two things currently bugging the crap out of me, so any help would be great!

Last night was the first night of our Women Can Run Clinic, 10 weeks until the 5K in Conway (I bombed last year).  We had about 7 people in our advanced group including me and Kim.  Our leader was Dianne, she was actually in our advanced group last year so I already knew her, she’s really great and I’ve actually run with her before.  She will be a great leader and I can’t wait till after the marathon to get the full benefit of the clinic.

Last night she wanted to do a timed 1 mile, Kim and I bought said no thanks.  Kim was still pretty sore from the Cowtown Marathon and I didn’t want to push it before the marathon on Sunday.  Kim and I just ran slow around the track, the track was weird, no lines, so there were girls all over, we weaved our way through walkers and runners alike.

About 1/2 mile into the run we both decided it was time to find a bathroom, we tried several doors, but they were all locked, we went around to the front of the school, pitch dark and tried the front doors, one set was locked, but the other set OPEN, wow, we walked right in, right into the bathroom.  We saw the janitor, used the facilities and went back to the track.  We only ended up with about 2.5 miles, fine with me, of course I forgot my ibuprofen and my leg/hip was killing me again!!  That worries me too, I’m going to beg for drugs tomorrow when I go to the Ortho MD.

It was warm last night, which was really nice for a change, but the mosquitos were already out, how can that be?  I still wore long sleeves, it wasn’t that warm, and knee length shorts.  We did our stretches and Dianne was telling us everyone’s timed mile results, wow, I’m definitely going to be one of the slow girls 😦 But, that’s why I’m going, to get faster.

2.54 Miles    10:53 Average pace    159 Avg HR    Max 172    237 Calories

  1. 11:11
  2. 10:36
  3. 10:51

Marathon Madness – 5 days to go

How the heck did I get myself into this???  5 days to go?  That can’t be right?  I’m sick to my stomach.  Do I start with the 5:30 pace group or the 5:15 pace group, now I’m second guessing myself.  I guess I’ll figure that out when I get there on Sunday morning, which apparently will be around 6:45, even though the race doesn’t start until 8:00.  I don’t want to park a gazillion miles away or miss my last potty stop and I want to settle in, if you know what I mean.  I want to feel the excitement, this is my first marathon after all!!! My first and maybe my last, isn’t that what my doctor said last week, goober.

At least the weather looks decent, high of 64, Low 46, 30% chance of showers.  Now, what should I wear?  No, not wearing shorts, hate my legs (they look old) and I would have to shave them.   Tops, hmm, short sleeve under a old jacket and then toss the jacket?  That sounds pretty good.  I’m also wondering if I can find some cheap gloves to toss too.  Wearing my fuel belt for sure.  Also bringing an extra Nuun tablet, my Mom and Aunt Martha will be at around mile 16 with a new bottle of water so I gotta have my Nuun.

I’m very excited about them meeting me on the course, it gives me something to look forward to, that’s a tough spot, right at the top of the huge 2 mile incline (Kavanaugh Hill), I’ll need some cheering up about then.  That’s where I was boohooing on my 2o mile run.   Then Annette and whoever she can wrangle into coming with her will meet me down on Riverfront Drive, I think around mile 20, not sure exactly, I’m excited about that too.  I’m really going to need them to carry me by then, bring help, LOL.  I’m thinking piggy back ride so bring Arland.

Tonight is our first Women Can Run clinic.  It’s a 10 week clinic for women only, I did it last year and really enjoyed it.  It’s in a different location this year, not as close, but still close enough.  I’m hoping to increase my speed and just try and like it!  Kim will be coming to the North Little Rock clinic with me, Annette will be doing the Cabot clinic with all the Cabot girls.  My friend Sheryl who lives in Benton is supposed to start the clinic there, she better, I need to check up on her!

Glenn and I go Friday for our couple’s counseling, woohoo, but my mind is pretty much preoccupied with the Marathon, he has yet to say anything about going or meeting me at the marathon, so I take that as he’s not.  So, maybe I’ll bring that up on Friday, loving the support.

Little Rock Marathon Countdown & Madness

The countdown is on and the madness is setting in! Only 8 days until the Little Rock Marathon and Annette says I have taper madness, when she said that at Boulevard Bread this morning it mad me think of a rabid dog! Well, I’m not that bad, yet. The doubts have definitely been at the edge of my thoughts, especially while we were doing our last training run with the Little Rock Marathon training group at 6am this morning.

I met Annette, Bailey and Michele at Academy Sports at 5:30am, Annette drove us to McArthur Park, our meeting spot today for the 6 mile run. Kelly was supposed to run with us too, but she didn’t make it, that was a bummer 😦 We arrived much earlier than we normally do so we got out and took a couple of pictures, I brought my camera to capture the Kodak moment. We noticed a Channel 7 news vehicle and then we saw the camera, maybe that got a couple of shots of us posing.

It was a bittersweet day for me, I’m going to miss these early Saturday mornings with my friends, even though the runs are hard, we always have a lot of fun afterwards. The loop today was part of the marathon course and I really wasn’t interested in it at all, it’s a lot of uphill grades, not bad, just long uphills, and seen that, done that, if you know what I mean. I got winded really early, at the time I didn’t know why, but my average heart rate for the 6 miles was 169, usually it’s about 155, it can’t be like that on marathon day!! I had to take a couple of walk breaks, just out of breath and that’s when the demons were talking to me about the marathon. How the hell was I going to be able to run 26.2 miles when I could barely run 6? I tried to put the thoughts out of my head, but it was really hard. The girls would run ahead and then circle back for me, I felt horrible! I knew I could do it, but I couldn’t, but I wanted to!

We finally made it through the 6 miles and Annette handed me her key and said her and Michele were running back to the River Market and they would see us there. Well, okay. So, Bailey and I drove down, parked and got inside where it was warm (cold run today mid 30’s) and waited on the girls, it was only about a mile run for them so they made it pretty quick. We sat and talked for quite awhile and then we headed to Cabot to the Daily Grind to meet Brenda, Cindy, Jackie and Lisa. Yes, doubling the caffeine intake for today.

We ordered our drinks and didn’t have to wait long for the crew. Brenda gave me a book on Marathon Quotes with a sweet note inside, very nice, I was really surprised! We chatted awhile and then Annette drove me back to my vehicle in Sherwood because she missed the exit on the way to Cabot. Silly girl.

Later in the day we met at Sporty Runner in Conway, I needed some Carb-Boom, Michele needed shoes, Annette got shoes and Bailey got a sack full of stuff.

It was a great day, Kim finished her half marathon in Ft. Worth (almost missed the start though), around 2:04, which is really great considering she is coming off an injury. We got to do our last Saturday run with the Little Rock Marathon Training Group and hear Tom yell out “Good Morning Crackheads!!”, no one had any stomach problems today, woohoo!!, just 8 days to go until the marathon and half marathon. But, I’ve got to get that Taper Madness out of my head, it’s really maddening, HA!

6 miles 11:01 avg pace 562 Calories 169 Avg HR 180 Max

  1. 11:12
  2. 10:49
  3. 10:56
  4. 11:07
  5. 10:44
  6. 11:19

Bailey, Annette, Me and Michele before we started our 6 mile run today. More pictures over in my Flickr
Bailey, Annette, Me, Michele