May I just start with a little whine? I really kinda do not like my Garmin very much. It is way too complicated for me and I was really OK with my basic Timex. It’s my fault that I showed the ol’ man a picture of it and commented on how cool it was- I really didn’t expect him to go any buy it for me- which really was a very sweet thing to do. Sweet but expensive and kinda wasted on me. I am not completely giving up- I have had 2 almost civil dealings with the beast and 1 (today) not so civil. I sit with the instruction book open, follow step by step, and for whatever reason all it wants to do is tell me that the sunrises at 8:01 am. Twice, after much wrangling I have got it to countdown my distance for me- how I got to enter the distance I wanted to run, I don’t know, I got there by a fluke. Today after 1/2 hour of much frustration I just decided to go out with it at 6.40 k’s and just turn around for the second 1/2 of my run at that point- which I did.
I would like to think that I will figure the darn thing out mostly because I’m sure it’s too late to take it back because I’ve used it a few times. So I will persevere with the beast.
The run- I ended up doing 10.23 k’s or 6.3 miles (after it got to the end of the preprogrammed 6.40 I just hit start again and it continued monitoring my run.)
It wasn’t a particularly easy run- at about the half way mark my legs- or really my quads, actually got sore which hasn’t really happened before- tired or heavy, yes but sore, no. But I enjoyed the whole thing. I am taking any stop lights as “walking and water breaks” and trying to keep Mr. Hal Higdon’s words about how useful they are in my mind- because there is some weird “walking=weakness” ingrained in me somehow and I know that’s complete hooey. If anything, the walking breaks are what are going to get me to this goal.
I am feeling a bit stressed at not being on schedule- this week was supposed to be 8 and the 1/2 marathon is coming up really soon. I will have to sit down with my calender and figure that out- but at the same I can only do so much and again, Mr. Higdon’s words about over training are in my mind.
It felt hard but good today- but I will have to deal with the negative thoughts that swirl around in my brain especially when I’m out pounding the pavement, like the fact that I am behind schedule, also the sleep issue that I have been avoiding talking about- I probably average 4.5 to 5 hrs sleep a night and while I’m mostly used to that it doesn’t mean it’s good or optimal for marathon training. As well the other sleep issue is baby boy #6 and his non-napping ways. My “short runs” are now 4.5- instead of 3 and I am lucky if I can get him to nap 45 minutes which mean that, like yesterday I had to cut it short to 4 and that included jumping off 3 times to try and get him back to sleep. It’s a drag that the gym has a 20 minute time limit for the treadmill because I have childcare there for 1.5 hr. I just might have to start running in the evening which doesn’t appeal to me too much as I am usually really totally bagged by 8.
Gotta work it out. Will work it out.
The ol’ man and baby boy #3 return from Montreal tomorrow- yippee! single parent to 5 children make for a slightly cranky mama. I have a bottle of wine on the counter that I have been waiting to crack (until after the long run- is 1 in the afternoon too early to start drinking?) so I shall enjoy a glass tonight and um, get to bed early…
See- I started the day with a little whine and I will end the day with a little wine.