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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Am I Crazy?

Sometimes I think so.  If you know me you know that I started running after my mission in Russia from 2004-2006.  My last companion was a runner and she got me into it.  I kept running off and on since coming home until I got married and was going to school and just wasn't very dedicated to running.

After Sarah was born and I had gained a ton of weight I decided to get back into running.  I did and I love it.  My first race was a 10K.  I loved it and was bound and determined to run another.  I kept running but never ran another race.

After Yana was born I got back into shape by running.  I'm still working on the last little bit of weight but it is coming off with the help of running and biking.  I have ran a few 5K's and I was training for a 15K.  Then I found out we will be in Idaho on vacation at the time of the 15k.  That 15k was going to be step towards running a half marathon the following weekend on November 5th.  Well I will still be on vacation in Idaho.

So I am still running and I found a race in Idaho on the 5th.  The day before we fly home.  It is isn't far from where I grew up and should be a fun race.  I want to run it.  The problem I have is I don't know if I have trained enough to run it.  Since adding biking to my list of regular exercises I haven't been running as much as I used to.  I used to run 4 days a week and now I run Monday's Thursday's and Saturdays.  I bike Tuesday's and Friday's.  Sometimes I have longer bike rides on Saturdays. 

Well my longest run lately on my Saturday long runs was 5.55 miles.  My shins didn't hurt at all and I haven't been sore either.  My knees have been a little achy and my calves were cramping a little towards the end of that but it all went away with ice.

Here is my dilemma.  When I was ran my 10k a couple years ago I had originally been training for a 1/2 marathon but my shins couldn't handle it at that point.  I hadn't really been running that long.  I had ran 8 miles and then couldn't run for 2 weeks because my shins hated me.  I have been running at least 2-3 times a week for the last 1/2 year and biking 2-3 times a week so I feel like I'm in good shape.  Always could be better.

I don't know the first thing about running that long.  Do I need energy stuff (gels, bars, beans, etc)?  Do I need a water belt?  What do I eat before hand?  These are the questions going through my head.  I have had this on my mind for a few days now and it is starting to slip into my dreams.  Last night I dreamt about about this upcoming race.  I need help with answers to these questions.

If any of you have any information please let me know.  I will continue my search for answers and let you know what I find out.


Camille Price said...

The bone dr i went to told me that my shins will hurt for a long while before i can run long distances without pain. that is why most marathon runners are older and not younger. it takes your bones longer to get used to the milage. also start eating more carbs espeically before the race.

Lacie said...

Thanks Camille.

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