Miles and Trials

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The Olympic Trials for the Marathon are only two days away and excitement is building. I think I can honestly say that I hope four years from now I will be participating in that race. I never thought in a million years that I would ever have that desire… but after my marathon in October, I really felt like I enjoyed the race distance.

Will I ever be a 100 mile per week marathoner? Hell no. My previous marathon mileage averaged to be about 45-50 miles (I had a few weeks in the 60s but my bout with anemia quickly forced my mileage into the 40s for the last 8 weeks). This time around, I am consistently running 60-65 miles per week. I thought I would be able to handle 70-80, but my work schedule has left me exhausted. I also had a hard time with the morning runs I had planned. I scrapped the morning runs in favor of quality training once per day. At first I felt a little pathetic, but now I know I made the right choice. My tempo runs and speed workouts have been going really well. I have an indoor 5k planned for next Friday, and I hope to run in the 17s finally!

I feel like I’m being pulled in a lot of directions lately, and I know I’m not getting enough sleep– my usual problem, since I have to be ready to leave my house at 6:30am and I am not a morning person at all. So I’m really going to make a conscious decision to get to bed by 9:30 and be asleep by 10:00. No more staying up to watch The Bachelor (hold me to this, please!)!

So far I have a week and half of living the gluten-free lifestyle down, and it has made a huge difference in my general health as well as my training. I will be sharing some of my favorite new recipes and products later this week. Yum!

Getting back to the Marathon Trials, good luck to everyone participating, especially my two teammates from Oiselle Racing, my former JMU teammate (Brett), and my former teammate from the Nike Farm Team (Heather). May your hopes and dreams come true, and may you move swiftly through the streets of Houston!

6 thoughts on “Miles and Trials

  1. Oh dear, the Bachelor is my i”in bed early” downfall too! I actually wait an extra day and watch it on NBC online if I really need sleep. Even when I do watch it though I fall asleep the last 10 minutes and have to do this to catch up!

    Glad training and everything is going well! Indoors and 17’s in your future!:)

    • I do the same thing (fall asleep in the last ten minutes). Maybe we should just save ourselves the anguish and fast forward to the end? That would also solve the sleeping problem.

    • After the indoor 5k I have two more indoor races (probably a mile and 3k) and then a 14k tune-up in Feb… the big goal race is Shamrock Marathon on March 18th!

  2. The Bachelor is so easy to get sucked into! Just curious, do you know if you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease (ie did you get tested) or just feel better without it…

    • I haven’t been tested.. I just tend to get a lot of stomach aches and GI probs when I am training at a higher volume, and I wanted to see if it would make a difference (and it has). Since I don’t have a medical condition I don’t think it’s necessary to go completely gluten free for life (my Italian family would throw a fit). I’ve considered getting tested though.. did you ever do it?

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