Holy crap this week was a doozy! I managed to get my first (and only) 50 mile training week in AND run my first half marathon since June. The Half Marathon was really great, but more about that next post.
I think there is a reason why many marathon training programs don’t go over a 20 mile long run. It is because the second you step into the 21 mile range, your feet decide they no longer want to move. I was dragging those last two miles and I may or may not have almost broke down in tears. This is a serious mental issue for me now because if I felt like that at 22, how the hell am I going to feel on race day? I can only assume (and pray) that adrenaline will give me a significant push at that point – either way, I’m sure there will be tears involved then as well.
Here’s what I was looking at for the week:
And here’s what I actually did: (note my GPS distance listed for my half marathon pushed this week’s mileage up to 51, so there’s that)
Week #13 Stats:
Miles: 51 Miles
Injuries/Issues: I know I shouldn’t be writing about this, but my fellow runners (and probably the only one’s reading these posts) will understand. After my long run Sunday, I found myself having GI issue all week long. Nothing crazy like shipping my pants just, not right. Bloaty, crampy, uncomfortable. It seemed like anytime I ate anything, my stomach just didn’t like it. I started to be very selective in what I ate – pretty much B.R.A.T. food so I felt good for my race on Saturday. Anyone else run into any such issues while training? I think it’s past now, but I would like to avoid the issue coming up again if possible…
Other notable ramblings: I have a 24 miler up next Sunday. I’m debating about pushing myself to see if I can be a little stronger after crossing the 20 mile mark or if I should just do another 20. It’s my last long run until the race (AT THE END OF THE MONTH!!) and I want to be as prepared as possible. What do you guys think?