Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Okay - it's time I talked about this. Saturday's long run was a bust. I don't know for sure what caused it, but I didn't have 13 miles @ PMP in me Saturday morning. I really didn't pay attention to my nutrition beforehand and took off again, like an idiot, without haven't eaten anything but a bite of toast and a bite of the scrambled eggs I had fixed for the family. And I didn't think I needed my fuel belt or a gel for 13 miles, but I was wrong. I started out not feeling great, but okay. My pace wasn't too far off, but I never got to the point where I could pick it up to what it needed to be. Instead, it just kept dropping off. I was doing an 8.27 mile loop from my house, then had planned on doing an out and back for the final 4.73 miles. Instead, by the time I got to my house at 8.27 miles, I was dehydrated, exhausted, and could barely put one foot in front of the other. I considered shuffling along for the 4.73 mile out and back, and then I thought better of it. That's what I did the last go around for the Country Music Marathon, and I don't think it was the right choice. So I went on inside my house and called it quits. I was drained the rest of the day. I'll post some Garmin splits on this later.

Speaking of the Garmin, Jay, aka Tri-Dummy, left a comment asking what Garmin I use. Sorry for the delay, Jay, but I have a Forerunner 305. I used to have a 301, but I left it on my back bumper and it got crushed on the highway. I like the 305 even better, though, as I feel like it holds the signal better. Not really all that noticeably better, but for an anal person who doesn't like to be off even a tenth of a mile, it's better. ;) And I also think the HR Monitor is a little more accurate.

I had also promised Briar that we'd get the mountain bikes out Saturday and hit the trails with my sister, H, her new man, K, so I got about an hour rest and then we started loading up the bikes. WE HAD A BLAST!!!!! This mountain biking thing...well, let me just say I think I'm in love. We actually didn't get to ride very long before being run off by hunters - but I am craving, absolutely obsessing about going back. I shoulda bought this mountain bike a long time ago. Next time I'll take pictures for ya.


trifrog said...

When you're feeling that crummy, it's okay to shorten the run. Long runs should only be performed when everything is operating smoothly, otherwise you're just breaking yourself down when you want to be recovering.

Sounds like an XTERRA triathlon is in your future with that mountain bike?

Lance Notstrong said...

Sounds like you made the right choice calling it a day. I think I over plan as far as eating and taking powergel/gatoraid with me. I hit "the wall" big time on a 56 mile bike ride once (almost and ER moment) since then I always eat and drink plenty.

Michele said...

Sorry you had a bad run. Just focus on all the good runs you have had. You are going to have a great marathon.

Glad to hear you got to get out and enjoy that new bike, sounds like fun.

TriSaraTops said...

Yeah, what they all said. :)

Don't beat yourself up too definitely did the right thing rather than sludging through it this close to your race. Your race is the day that really counts, and remember all the miles that you have put in so bad run is bound to happen, but what would make it a really bad run is if you kept going and got sick/hurt.

Taper up, my friend....almost there! :)

I'm with ya on the mountain biking! Man, it's too bad we don't live closer!

Phil said...

We all have crummy runs from time to time. However, when you get around all those people in your marathon, you'll be pumped beyond belief and I'm sure you'll knock'em dead. You're in great shape, so enjoy your taper, rest up, fuel up and go for it.

Cliff said...

As TriSaraTops said...the training is already done...there is no need to push yourself hard. You will gonna do that on the race anyways..might as well save hte mental energy for that.

Hmm..mountain biking....xterra? :)

DaisyDuc said...

Those days are rough...but at least at 8+ miles you are doing better than most peeps. You will do great!

Rae said...

You're going to do great next week, I am so excited for you and VEGAS!!

Mtn biking sounds like so much fun!! I bet you'd love trail running, too.

Bolder said...

hi lana!

just stopping by. thanks for all your comments and encouragement!

love the picture at the bottom of you and your two children.

great shot!

take care, bold.

Triteacher said...

Good call on calling it quits. I had many of these learning experiences when I was training for Ironman (I'm a slow learner); our bodies need fuel. Period.

Looking forward to your mountain bike pics. :)

Papa Louie said...

Be careful out there on the mountain bike. Enjoy the ride and don't try any new tricks.