Sunday, March 1, 2009

31 Weeks to Marathon

Monday, February 23rd: 30 minutes on exercise bike.

Tuesday, February 24th: 3 miles in 29 minutes. I went the opposite direction on my 3 mile loop this time to do a different direction on the hills. I think both ways are hard. In our subdivision, if you start from home, no matter where you run, you finish going up a hill.

Wednesday, February 25th: 6.25 miles at the track. I ran with the neighborhood weekly running group at the high school track. I really appreciate the Dansie's for organizing this. It's fun to get together with everyone. I felt decent after six miles and decided I would do one more lap to beat my distance record.

I did not feel decent Thursday. All the muscles in my legs ached. My knees hurt. My back was tight. It felt like my movement resembled a robot. But not a cool robot. More like a lame, rusted robot that accidentally got left in the back yard for the winter. I realized I had made some errors with Wednesday's run:
  • I didn't stretch hardly at all before/during the run.
  • I didn't stretch at all after the run.
  • I didn't drink hardly at all before/during/after the run and I think I let myself get dehydrated.
  • I didn't eat anything after the run or for the rest of the evening.

I paid ( paying) for my mistakes and will try to take better care of myself.

Thursday, February 26th: Rest. Thank goodness.

Friday, February 27th: 30 minutes on exercise bike.

Saturday, February 28th: 4 miles in 42 minutes. Mel wanted to come with me on the Saturday run so we went to the high school again where the kids could play while we ran. We did most of the distance together then I did the last 3 laps a little faster. Mel only recently started running and was proud that she was able to jog the whole time without stopping. I am seriously impressed with the dedication she has put into staying in shape. We've both noticed feeling really good by being more active.

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