I am TIRED. There is no other way to describe how I feel right now. Last week I was stupid and ran on my rest day, so I have ran for the past 13 days straight. I already have ran 126 miles for the month of September. Needless to say I am tired and my body is mad at me.
Today I ran my last 20 mile run and while it was faster than last week's 17 mile run, it wasn't pretty. I think I picked up a bug, because this week my stomach hasn't been feeling good on any runs. I literally leave my house and have to turn around within a mile to come home and go to the bathroom. I know, TMI, but I am getting frustrated. I was about 10 strong miles into my run before the stomach got upset, so I did get in half of a good run. The second half was not fun at all. I ran out of water and my legs were beat.
During those long 10 miles, I was trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Am I burned out? Will I actually be able to run a BQ in 3 weeks? Am I ever going to be able to run again without using the bathroom? I must admit, my mind is an evil thing. If anything is going to sabotage all this work, it will be my mind shutting down in Minneapolis on October 4th. At this point, I need to trust the training. I have hit every pace that the training plan called for. I ran nearly every single mile on the hardest plan I probably will ever run.
I told my husband that I want to just run with him and help him to get his sub-4 marathon, but he refuses. He wants me to try for Boston. He had more confidence in me when I was attempting Vermont and he has more confidence in me right now. I think it is a case of, we forget the bad stuff and only remember the good stuff. He claims, I had a similar attitude weeks before Vermont. I was tired and not sure if I could pull it off. Kind of like when you forget how hard it is to give birth and be pregnant, you only remember the good stuff. I obviously only remember crossing that finish line in 3:55, a number I never thought possible.
So yeah, tomorrow is a rest day and I will not run tomorrow, I promise. I am even contemplating doing the taper plan of the Pfitz program that maxed out at 55 instead of 70. I figure, we are 3 weeks out, there is no more fitness to gain, only fresh legs. I think an extra rest day each week will be a welcome change. I am sure the next few weeks will be a lot of me going back and forth on my plans for the marathon. Taper time is here!
Congrats to Allison on her awesome half marathon today! Speedy Mel did awesome on her 5k yesterday as well! Amazing job to a girl from my hometown, Jennifer who finished her half yesterday in 1:37, she is running Twin Cities Marathon with me and will probably kill it. And check out Brandon who is in the middle of his Ironman right now. Wow, amazing is all I can say! If you haven't listened to his podcast yet, I highly recommend it.