lucky seven

September 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm 3 comments

i remember hearing a few weeks back that we were 80-something days out from MCM and i didn’t bat an eyelash. and then someone pointed out the two month mark. and again i didn’t worry ~ even though i was just starting to run again after a few weeks down. but the other day someone put it this way … there are only seven long run opportunities left until race day. and suddenly i panicked!

my entire training plan went wayside. i haven’t looked at it in almost a month and i honestly have no idea what my long runs are supposed to be up to. i’ve sort of been winging it. a combination “what is everyone else doing this weekend and what does my body feel capable of”. so with only seven to go, this past weekend i opted for 16 miles. seemed a decent number to be at. it allowed for a little drop back and a little push forward to get to the at least one 20-miler i want to hit.

all in all it wasn’t a great run. sixteen miles of still struggling through the exhaustion i couldn’t seem to shake. but regardless i made a point to have fun. training or not. goals or none. if i don’t love the run there truly is no point. and what’s more fun then letting your running partner roll you down hill in a random grocery cart in the middle of your route!?

no use wasting a good grocery cart

no use wasting a good set of wheels

wheeeeeee

wheeeeeee

the subject of my lethargy as of late came up again mid-run and i heard the lecture one more time about iron and b12. i’m not always the best at taking care of me myself and i and i knew it was time i made the effort. so post run i hit the drug store and loaded up on what the body may be lacking. saturday night was a little bit of bull with some friends and sunday morning i woke up with a bit of a hangover and an energized inkling for the woods. i gave the vodka time to wear off and that evening the drill sargeant (aka my wingman) and i headed for the hole in the fence. there was an ever so slight hint of fall in the hot, humid hell of a florida summer night and between that and the shade of the trees i felt almost alive. or maybe it was being there again. i know those trails like the back of my hand and it had been a couple months since i’d dared the floods the rainy season leaves behind. or maybe it was the multiple vitamins i had treated myself to. whatever it was i ran. slow at first. time to stop and smell the roses … or more accurately time to stop to whisper at the deer and play with the four-foot yellow rat snake crossing our path.

they don't call me the snake wrangler for nothing ;)

they don’t call me the snake wrangler for nothing 😉

but on the return i ran fast. and faster. and faster. empowered by the woods. lost in the love of the run.

home sweet home

home sweet home

in the last five days i’ve logged more than 37 miles. and with seven weeks until race day i’m beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, seven is my lucky number.

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  • 1. PDX Running Chick  |  September 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    ” if i don’t love the run there truly is no point.” I feel this to my very core.

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  • 2. kitkat1126  |  September 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    After all these years this would be a surprise to me, but are you a vegetarian? (Just curious in relation to iron/b12/etc.) One of my sisters (not a vegetarian although apparently it can be more common) is anemic/b12 deficient and maybe it’s genetic too but gets b12 injections (I think monthly) as a result. When she was more of an athlete it made the ENORMOUS and noticeable difference.

    The shopping cart picture made me laugh out loud. The snake picture…did not. 🙂

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    • 3. becelisa  |  September 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      i’m not though i do go through phases of not eating meat which i did last month for a few weeks. i’m also prone to anemia. have been my whole life. i will say i’ve been feeling better since i got the new multi and the b12 but i’m still tempted to try b12 shots and see if they make a larger difference. honestly i would love to go vegetarian but worry about ensuring i get all the vitamins and nutrients my body needs. especially given my activity level. i hate to cook. need quick and easy. and find that often times it’s easier to pre-grill chicken breasts and freeze for quick sandwiches, salad topping, etc. plus i’m never going to get mini-me to go that route though i’m planting the bug in her head.

      you should see the snake video 😉 it’s on fb … lol

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