August 22, 2016: Digging deep for the Marathon
Marathon training is hard work. Even more of a challenge when it’s super hot outside. We have been lucky with the weather until this last week. Thankful for an air-conditioned gym to get all the little runs in. Last weekend Kristen and I completed our first 18 miles. It was 90 degrees by the time we were done. We made several water stops and eventually started pouring water on our heads. The last 2 miles were a huge head game. Making sure I have drank enough water the day before and sometimes even two days before has been essential.
Yesterday I ran 16 miles with a different group of ladies. Kristen was out of town with her family. It was fun to run with a group of ladies. We did a route I hadn’t done before with a few rolling hills. We started at 5 in the morning. It stayed cool and dark for the first hour and a half of the run. It felt amazing! It started getting warm towards the end of our run but it wasn’t to bad.
I’m trying really hard not to get discouraged when the scale isn’t cooperating. I know at this point of my weight loss it isn’t going to come off quite as easy. I have 18 pounds to go and some days I feel like I’m not gonna get there. My body is changing and has changed so much since I started. I am in total shock and sometimes don’t recognize myself.
Even with little movement on the scale my body shape has changed a lot in the last 3 months. I had a friend give me a couple workout shirts a few months ago. They were a medium and I kind of chuckled in my head thinking there was no way they would fit. I tried them on that night when I got home and I wasn’t comfortable in them, so they went in a pile that got lost in my room. I forgot about them until a couple days ago when I tried one on again. Sure enough, it fits! When I started this journey most of clothes were 2X. I’m almost half the size I was when I started!
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September 5, 2016: Training struggles
I’ve had a rough couple weeks. Last week I had a bladder infection and while I was still recovering from that I continued marathon training. We had our longest training day last Sunday at 20 miles. Wednesday I was still struggling to recover. My muscles were sore and tight so I decided to talk a bath with Epsom salt. I ended up having a weird episode shortly after the bath. My heart rate was high, I felt dizzy and weak. I didn’t know what was happening. My mom is a nurse so I called her. She said it sounded like I had a little heat exhaustion. I was also talking to my sister in law through text at the same time. She was looking stuff up online and suggested I have some chicken broth and or Gatorade. I had both and almost instantly felt better. My mom talked to one of the doctors she’s works with and later told me I had hyponatremia which is low sodium and is common in runners.
Drinking water isn’t sufficient enough when running long distances or working out for long periods of time. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacements are very important. Having low sodium can be very dangerous and can cause issues like muscle spasms, cramps, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, headache and mental confusion. I had some of these symptoms including feeling disoriented, it was scary. I’ve always thought Gatorade was for high intensity sports and athletes. Turns out running for almost 4 hours at a time is pretty high intensity.
Training for a marathon is no joke! Long runs are something to work up to. I have found there are certain socks, shoes and clothes that I just can’t wear after a certain mileage is passed. I keep getting blisters on my big toes. I have to tape my toes to help with friction. This week I have experienced some knee pain for the first time. My left knee starting hurting a little on our run to Salem. After the run it was a little swollen and tender to touch but not to bear weight. After doing a bit of research it seems I may have “runner’s knee”. Seems like an appropriate name. Good news is it doesn’t hurt any more or less when I run. After taking a couple days off the swelling has decreased. I had a slow run this morning with minimal pain.
Friday, Kristen and I ran with a couple other ladies to Salem for brunch. Literally. It was fun! We ran to a restaurant called French Press. The ladies we ran with parked a car there earlier in the morning so we could drive home when we were done. We ran 18 miles. That was our last “long” run until race day September 18th. Our marathon is in 2 weeks! Hope my body behaves!