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Happy Canada Day!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

I started off Canada Day with a long run this morning. I'm not a morning runner at all, in fact I hate mornings. I usually go running around 8 at night and find this to be the most convenient for my schedule and also the best for trying to run in hot weather. We have plans tonight though so I knew I had to run in the morning. After waiting a bit for my breakfast to digest I headed out, but about 3 miles into it I just wanted to head home. It was too hot, my stomach wasn't cooperating and I just couldn't get my breathing right. I was supposed to do 12 miles today, but decided to call it quits after 9 miles and change. It's so not like me to quit. I felt so weak and exhausted. I don't know what's wrong with me lately. I just have to hope it's the hot weather. I don't know how I could go from running a PR at my half marathon in May to struggling so much lately and having my pace slow considerably. I'm seriously doubting my ability to run a fall marathon or a marathon ever. Today after I came in from my run I told DH "I think I quit", but I'm not going to give up yet. I'm just going to have to come up with a better strategy for long runs and find something that works for me.

On a happier note, my new running shoes are working out great for my feet. Last week I got a pair of Saucony. I had two toe nails turn black after training for my last half marathon and one finally fell off last week. That toe was causing me so much pain when I ran. I went on www.mapmyrun where I track my mileage and gear and saw that I'd put over 900 miles on my Asics. No wonder my feet have been giving me such problems! I thought I'd set it up that the site as supposed to alert me when I hit 500 miles, but I guess I didn't do it right. I'm lucky all I ended up with was a lost toenail and not a serious injury.

After my daughter gets up from her nap today we're going to some big Canada Day thing that the city is putting on. There's supposed to be pony rides, a petting zoo, BBQ and then fireworks later on. I think I'm more excited about the petting zoo then my daughter is : )

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  • RUN2009
    I have been feeling the same way. I am not a solid morning runner and I think it challenges me mentally. My pace/endurance is considerable slower now that the weather is warmer. You can definitely finish a marathon, the atmosphere and excitement will push you through it, plus you are already an excellent runner!
    4722 days ago
    Hey Sarah! Good for you on the new are they working out? Sorry to hear about the toenails: ouch!

    Remember that running is a MENTAL sport. Now with that in mind: tell yourself that you Can and Must do this! ("whether you think you can or you can't, you're right!) Also, we have "bad" days and certainly the heat can prevent you from having successful runs...try not to be too hard on yourself (easier said than done) and stay focused.

    Hope the "Canada Day" festival was fun and that you all enjoyed the animals.

    4726 days ago
  • BRUIN2
    Yay for new shoes!!

    Don't be too hard on yourself - heat does funny things to our bodies (especially Canadian bodies that are used to having to produce extra heat most of the year to stay warm...well, I just made that up, so I'm not sure if it's true or not, but it makes sense to me).

    When my running is *off* I try to change things up. Maybe wear a different hat. Go a different route. Break the run into manageable chunks (run to the lightpost; run to the next fire hydrant - simple stuff like that). Sing a song in my head during the run. Focus on my breathing.

    Hope you have a great Canada Day!
    4728 days ago
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