No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
Hello all. First off, if you're not familiar or just want a good motivational story you should check out my marathon recap post from last year.
Now on to marathon #2. I'll keep it as short and sweet as possible. Came down with a double ear infection, sinus infection, and fluid in my lungs about two weeks ago. To make matters worse, I had chosen to skip the previous week's worth of runs for no darn good reason other than working super late. Once again, I found myself in a situation where I was afraid to try because I was afraid I might fail. I hadn't run in three weeks until last Sunday. Did a couple baby 3-miler runs this past week and I was feeling...OK.
But I kicked my own ass and told myself--you paid $100. The least you can do is try. Lower expectations, try your best. So that's exactly what I did!
Beautiful day here in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN! Perfect marathoning weather. I was feeling great up until Mile 20. I was on pace to come in under 5 hours (my initial goal before getting sick). That said, my heart rate (I have an HRM) had been creeping up and up and up and was pushing 190 by Mile 20. Had to cut back. I walked for 1-2 miles and my HR wouldn't budge below 175. Not good. So I had to walk the last 6 miles...but you know what?
I FREAKING FINISHED! 5:24:05. And not too far off of LY's time (5:09:53). I recognized my limits, accepted them and did what I could to still finish. I tackled my fear of failure with open arms...and YOU SHOULD TOO!
No more marathons for a while. It's a great deal of work and time. Plus, the husband bought me THIS for my birthday!
A road bike! I've been playing with giving triathlons a try and now I'm gonna get serious. Only issue? I don't know how to swim. Yep, I'm afraid to be a grown-ass adult having to take swimming classes at my local gym...but you know what?
I'm gonna face that fear too!