So, I had a 16 mile run this past weekend....CRAZY to even think I am attempting this distance. I mean just a little over a year ago, I couldn't run half a mile, and now I am running or attempting to run (well, more on this later)16 miles!?!?
We started out at 5:30am on Saturday morning...I had to drive an hour to meet up with the girls, so I got up around 4:00am and left my house at 4:30am. I was tired by the time I got there....and I still had 16 long miles ahead of me!
I did have my new shoes...which was fun!!! I had ran 5 miles in them on Thursday night, so I knew they would do pretty good.
We started out and of course...like always, the first half went great! We chatted, held a steady pace and stopped to walk and fuel every 4 miles. Once we hit approx. 9 miles, I just got TIRED! I didn't feel like running anymore, and I was thirsty! So, I WALKED...Yep, WALKED! No, not the remaining 7 miles, but I broke from my running girls, and walked some while sipping my water. I then started running again, and did approx. another 4 miles or so, and then I just didn't want to run anymore. I decided at that point I was not going to get down on myself, and I was not going to worry that Kris and Becki were way ahead of me, so I did a .25 walk and then a .25 run for the remaining 3 miles. This made the miles go by faster and I didn't have to do that same running motion the whole time.
I just feel like when I run for so long, that my body just gets sooo tired of doing the same motion over and over and over and over again! Does anybody else ever feel this way?
I finished in 3hrs 11min. Becki and Kris finished in 3hrs, so I was only approx. 1 mile behind, which isn't too bad...I don't think???
So, my question is....Is it bad to WALK while training for a marathon?
I had always thought I should run all of my training runs...but, as the miles creep up there, I just don't know if I am really a long distance runner. I mean, I love about 8 miles, and then I just don't like it much after that. I am obviously doing a marathon in October, so I have no choice but to push through this, but I just want to see if others feel this same way?
I read sooo many running blogs where everyone is such a SUPER STAR, and no matter how they feel, or where they think they might end at the end of the race, they ALWAYS pull it out and finish like in first place, or PR a race when they were puking etc. Are there runners out there that just struggle with running? Sometimes I start to feel like I am doing something wrong....Even the girls I train with make it look easy...well, for me it's not easy. I have to push myself every time to finish! I am sooo happy when I do, and I always do finish (never give up) but I just never hear stories of people fully struggling...Everyone else's stories seem like happy endings!
So, there is my story...I am still pushing on, and of course this story won't be over until 10/10/10, when I attempt and conquer this here marathon! But, while training for it, am I committing a "RUNNER'S CRIME" by walking??? I need your help!
And now I will leave you with a few pictures from our 14 mile run a few weeks ago(Please notice my SUPER CUTE "pink" fuel belt!!! Love it!!! If you don't have one...go get one...you won't be sorry!)....