Someone from the RWOL forums once said that the problem with the Pfitz 18/70+ is mental exhaustion and I truly understand that now. Back to the race. I did pick it up from miles 6 to 10, but then caught a major side cramp. I had to walk a bit to get rid of that. I crossed the 13.1 in 1:29:46, nothing NEAR where I need to be to break 3 hours. I ran in the last mile, taking overall female in 1:39:10. I decided to take a reflection on my training and running this week to see what I could do to improve at this point. Breaking 3 is a very important goal for me and has started to consume me recently. I think it has led me to signs of over training. In the back of my mind I think that the more I run, the better I will do. Taken from a smart forumite on RWOL, "Running SMART is better than running MORE." So, I have decided to scale back a bit and try to regain my energy. I am also trying to change my overall attitude in other areas of my life. Since I'm not really sure how many people from Brewton read this, I will just say that my job is really kicking my tail. It has not been too good of a school year, so far. I trying really hard to make it good and that is taking a LOT of energy. As of now, I have decided to only worry about things of which I have control over. I do not have control over my coworkers. Period. I do not have control over anyone else. Period. So, it's time to let go and quit wasting energy on things I can't do anything about!
Above is a pic taken by Erin after the race. She was joking with me about being so sweaty. She actually thought I had dumped water on my head. "No, dearie, that's SWEAT!" (Remember the Sweating Like a Man posts?) The other pic is the plate I won for overall female. After the race, I was able to talk to the winners of the marathon (male and female). Both are running Chicago and I was VERY inspired by the things they had to say. In my running club of 1, it is very special when I get to interact with other runners, especially ones of that caliber!
I already strayed from the 70+ plan a bit this week by cutting out a double. I will do a bit more of that in the upcoming weeks, but keeping the key workouts the same. On tap for today is 18 w/ 15 @ MP pace. Wowzers- good luck to me! Keep plugging along, everyone!