No smoothie Tuesday today, sorry peeps. Instead I bring you an update on my training for the Dallas White Rock Marathon – Half. First of all, I have to be honest. I have not been training as frequently as I should. A busy work schedule and climbing weekends have been getting in the way; not to mention injury recovery. I have been able to pick things back up again lately.
Last week my long run was 7 miles. I would have gone longer but I fell at mile 6 and busted up my hand – it was a bloody mess. A climbing trip that weekend prevented me from getting in anything longer. I did plan on running during the trip, but it was too wet and nasty, just didn’t want to deal with it. I have also had a four and three mile run in this past week, so I am getting more miles in now, which is good.
Last night I only rand an easy three miles, sans RunKeeper (an awesome running for the iPhone) and headphones, I don’t even have any idea how long it took me, just got out and enjoyed it. Now, I rest until the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday. I will be running the 8-mile course, timed. Not only will this be my first Turkey Trot, but it will be my first race – and with 37K+ people at that!
I am excited about the race though, it’s sort of my prep race for the Dallas White Rock Marathon. I hope to have a pace of at least 9:15 or 9:30 for the Trot, seeing as how I will have to maintain a pace of 9:15 to complete the 13.1 in two hours. I think with the adrenaline flowing on race day I will be able to pull it off!
In terms of nutrition, I honestly haven’t been doing that well. I have allowed more and more processed snack foods to creep in as well as fast food. I am still maintaining a “high raw” diet, but even that has slipped a bit; however, I am getting back on the horse this week. From today until the race I will be maintaining a 100% raw diet (not counting the coffee I indulged this morning – can you blame me I was up until 1:30 a.m. at the Neko Case show in Dallas). I am 100% positive I will perform better if I do. I plan on eating 100% raw at least three days before the White Rock as well.
Currently my goal is to finish The White Rock Marathon – half in two hours. At first I thought it seemed very feasible, but I am starting to have my doubts, especially since I slacked some on training. I should at least be able to make 2:15, but I have heard that once the adrenaline kicks in you will be faster, so I may end up meeting my two-hour goal. I now have just over two weeks to finish training and I will have to build in at least three recovery days before the run. So, really that leaves me with just over a week and a half to train and that includes one race in-between!
I am excited though, no matter how hard I run. I have no doubt I will finish, unless some unforeseen circumstance prevents me from finishing. I will be starting the run with another one of my climbing friends, but she plans on running a slower pace, so we likely won’t be together that long. But on the plus side, I will have a group of people to enjoy a post race meal with. I just may have to wait a few minutes for them at the finish line.
I am going to make an effort to take lots of photos of both the Turkey Trot and the White Rock on my iPhone. So, hopefully I come out with some decent stuff. I would bring my big rig, but somehow I don’t think running with a five pound camera will be a good idea. I will post whatever photos I get though.
p.s. please excuse any errors in this post, I did not have time to proof it.