Almost Half Way There!

Recap of last week’s long run: I ran 14 miles before work on Wednesday with only 4 hours of sleep. I tried Gu Mint Chocolate and it was much more tasty than the Strawberry Banana flavor, FYI. Got 7 miles into the run and it was as if the heavens opened up and there sat Chick-Fil-A. Perfect stop for a bathroom break and water to slurp down my Gu. 7 miles later and I’m back at home, surprisingly doing and feeling pretty chipper. Then off to work I went!

This week, week 8: So.. I’ve decided that 18 weeks is a long time to train for a marathon, or anything for that matter.

Coming off a weekend of traveling and staying up way past my bedtime..I’m going to admit that I have yet to run this week.

Honestly, I just haven’t felt like lacing up my running shoes.

I’m really thrown for a loop here but I know that with still 10 weeks until the marathon, I’ll be ok.

I’m hoping to get a mid to long run in tomorrow (7-15 miles) since I’ll be traveling again this weekend, and the next. Next weekend’s long run is supposed to be only 13 miles, so if worse comes to worse I’ll just flip weeks.

I hate how much I have to alter the training plan, but I gotta do what works for me and my schedule too. It is summer after all and I want to enjoy what’s left of it!

                Straight from Las Vegas, the Bellagio Hotel Fountains!

Moral of the story: Just because I love to run, doesn’t mean I don’t have days that I don’t want to run. We all know we feel better mentally and physically after a run, though sometimes it’s the last thing we want to do.

Believe in the Run

Traveling and Training

I’ve been looking forward to the next 8 weeks all year long. I get to see so many friends that I haven’t seen since B and I’s wedding, meet new people, and see places I’ve never seen before.

What’s the roster looking like? (In order of appearance)

Vegas!

Savannah!

Milwaukee!

Chicago! (Return visit)

 

Naples, FL! (Return Visit)

 

All leading up to the Grande Finale in..

New York City!!

 

I’m visiting 3 of these places to attend/be in weddings, and the others are just for fun.  🙂

While I’m excited to see all these new places simply because I love traveling, there is a level of anxiety about sticking to my training plan.

During the week won’t be so bad because these are all long weekend trips. It’s the long runs on the weekends I’m most worried about.

I plan on running while in NYC in Central Park, so that won’t be a big worry – but the others are a little more tricky.

My Concerns:

  1. I don’t want to offend people I’m with to go run for 2+ hours, but it will be in the early morning so they won’t miss me too much, right?
  2. I don’t want to get lost or venture into unsafe areas. I’m pretty good about planning my runs and have a good sense of direction, so as long as I ask people ahead of time (thank you supportive running community!) and stick with the populated/tourist areas I should be good to go.
  3. The fatigue after long runs is enough to plant me in bed for a solid 1-2 hour nap. I’m not sure if this is because I get up so early to run, if the run just zaps all energy from me, or a combination of the two. Again, I don’t want to offend any other travelers but most importantly I want to enjoy the cities I am visiting since I am only there for 3-4 days!
  4. The aches and pains after pounding the pavement for 2+ hours is also a little out of my comfort zone. Again, I’d like to enjoy the places I’m visiting as much as I can!
  5. Recovery. I can’t bring my foam roller with me, so I will need to invest in a travel size. This is also where compression socks would come in mighty handy.

More Concerns  Reasons Why I Should Run:

  1. I don’t want to get behind in mileage. I’ve heard from other’s experiences’ just how hard it is to make it up and it’s just another mental barrier through training that is preventable. Remember, running is 90% mental and attitude.
  2. I crave long runs. Once the weekend rolls around, I’m ready to head out for a solid 90+ min run. As long as I’m walking/exploring I don’t think I’ll get too antsy, but I can’t just sit around all vacation.
  3. Normally vacations are meant for the splurging. For me, that doesn’t mean spend $ on things, that means experimenting with local food from that region and trying exotic dishes. Not always dietitian approved but hey, I’m human just like you. Gotta balance those calories with some good ol’ fashion hard work – sweat.

I’m considering my options and now it looks as if I will be doing my 14 mile long run tomorrow morning before work instead of Saturday morning in Vegas. While I would L.O.V.E. to run the strip, I’m a little concerned about my safety in the early morning and the fact that I still don’t have a hydration belt for that dry heat.

I’ll be anxious to see which vacations I can fit my long runs into, because you know I’ll try. 🙂

 

How do you plan for long runs while traveling? Any tips for my concerns?