Good evening!! Happy Sunday everyone. I know you’ve not heard from me in quite some time. I took some time off both from running and from blogging. We’ve been getting prepped for our over seas trip to Poland with 10 other people from our church. My daughter is going with me. We leave in 18 days! I can barely believe it’s so close already! We leave June 29th and will return late, late on July 12th. By the time we land in Chicago at 8pm and drive home, it will be close to 2am.
I’m so excited though, as this will be mine and my daughter’s first ever flight. Neither of us have ever flown, and this will be the first time we have ever been out of the country! I’m also so excited for what we will be doing over there. We will be working at an English camp, helping Polish people learn English. I have been praying that Abby and I can work with the little kids, but we will adapt to whom ever they give us. We also get to spend 2 days in Prague just sight seeing, resting and shopping 🙂
Recently I upgraded my iPhone 6s to the 7 plus so that I have the best camera possible as I am not taking my professional (Canon 6D) camera over there. It was a tough decision to leave my fancy pants camera at home, but it just came down to securing it. I can replace the phone easier than that expensive camera!
Last week, on Memorial Day I started Marathon Training (it’s real now!) with a 3 mile run. The run went well. I started off a little too fast, but evened out by mile 2. The weather was perfect…which was more than I can say for what happened the rest of the week…
We ended up heading to the campground to camp with some friends on Wednesday, the 31st. I worked till 12:30 and then spent the whole day trying to get the truck form the shop, setting up the camper, buying groceries…by the time we got all settled we not only missed our Poland Team meeting at church, but I was just far too exhausted to run. It was a good day, as we had fun camping, but not a good day for training.
Thursday I also missed my run because I was at the Homeschool conference all day with my friend Carol, and then when we got done, it was like 90 degrees outside. No bueno! Needless to say I was starting to get worried at this point about my marathon dreams…! I will say that the sunset over the lake and the campfire about made up for missing my run!
Friday I don’t run anyway, so it was all good. I spent the whole day at the homeschool conference and learned a lot, as well as spent a decent amount of money on curriculum for Abby. Hard to believe I’ll only have one of them next year.
Saturday, day 3 of the homeschool conference. So no run. It was over 90 degrees that day, and I do not run when it’s that hot, and I was on my feet all day at the conference so I just nixed it. My “long run” was only 5 miles that day anyway, so I knew I would be ok. It was National Donut day, so I started my day with a donut and when I got back to the conference, I headed to the beach with our friends who were also camping! Then that evening we cooked brats and burgers over the fire. It was a good day 🙂
Sunday we got up early and came home to shower and head to church. When we got back to the camper after church, some of Abby’s friends (My “nieces”) came out and hung out with us. They went to the beach and we all had brats together. Again, the sunset was gorgeous!
So this brings me to
Marathon Training Week 2:
I left the campground and went to work. Worked till 12:30 and then helped with everything camping related and skipped my run because I was just too darned tired! The whole week really wore me out and I felt bad after eating junk for 5 days!
Tuesday: I ran Monday’s 3 miles and it felt AWESOME!! I had gotten in a little spat with my DH and couldn’t wait to get out the door! I really needed to run, for multiple reasons but mainly because I had not run in what seemed like forever! The weather was a little warm, but not terrible.
(as you can see, I have a little sweat shine going on LOL)
Wednedsay: GLOBAL RUNNING DAY! I was so glad I was already scheduled to run on Global Running day and was able to log 4 miles. I was also able to take advantage of my neighbor’s decorated sidewalk. GO HAWKS!
Hmm..I need more running shirts it seems. (Yes, I did wash it the night before!)
I also headed over to Brooks Running and got my Global Running Day Endorsement!
Thursday: By this point I am suffering from really bad DOMS from having run Tuesday and Wednesday back to back, which I am not used to, then Thursday I got 5 miles in. It was a really hard 5 miles though, and I walked ALOT. To be fair, this summer heat is really hitting me hard. I also ran on a path I quit running on due to certain seedy individuals that hang out on it, but I was thinking it was early enough in the morning that they would not be out. I was wrong. I had a homeless dude who looked like he was on something, almost act like he was going to approach me. I ran much faster for a while and I was so happy when I was passed by people on bicycles. Just knowing there were others out on the trail was reassuring. Needless to say I am so happy that I do not run with music anymore. I like being so much more aware of my surroundings.
As you can see, my pace was horrible and I literally collapsed on the living room floor when I got home! It was a really hard run, but I stuck it out and finshed the whole thing.
Later in the day on Thursday I went kayaking with a friend of mine. So I worked the upper body since my lower body was hurting. It was nice to get out and spend time with Carol, just chatting and having fun. The lake was gorgeous with just the right amount of breeze on it.
Saturday: Finally a nice long run!! I haven’t done one in so long, as I really haven’t run much since my last half marathon, so I needed a nice long run. I got up at 5 and headed out the door for my 8 miler. Only to call Ralph at mile 1.76 because…nature called. OY. Yes, even though I had done all the things before I left. Sheesh. So he came and picked me up and then I headed back out again at 7. This was my first run with my new hydration vest. I really liked it and I am so glad I bought one! It bounced for a while but not too bad. I think mostly it was the sound of the ice cubes in the water that took the most getting used to. I absolutely loved not carrying a hand held water bottle. It also made it much easier to get my phone in and out so it was easier to take photos.
It was a beautiful 8 miler, which actually was closer to 10 with the first 1.76 miles I did earlier. There were a ton of other runners out as well, which is nice. Although I will never understand why they aren’t all friendly and won’t smile or wave back. Most of them did say “Good Morning” and wave. Which is super nice. One lady waved and said something about being sweaty…which I am sure was a reference to it being so hot, even at 8am!
I finished my run at the Marriott in Coralville and called hubby to come get me. I found a fountain there, next to the hotel that had ice cold water in it! Holy buckets that felt good! I splashed it on my face and over my hair.
Note the santa doll on the fence. I had to get a photo of that!! It was only about .25 miles into my run too, really close to my house. It just cracked me up.
So I feel pretty good about my first two weeks of marathon training. My goals for this week is to stay on track with my workouts, as well as adding in some Beachbody workouts along with my running.
Have you ever trained for a marathon? Do you have any tips for me?