A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


A sculpture along the path I ran on Saturday. Click to see the larger version and the title of the sculpture. That's how I felt about my run on Saturday.

Wow, it's been a week since I posted. And, let me just tell you know, it wasn't a good week for running. I did a total of 10.5 miles last week. Yeah, I barely made the double digits. When I woke up on Saturday morning with a sore throat I feared my run wouldn't be the best ever. Actually, there were several factors in play:

1. Stayed up too late drinking wine and visiting with my parents (we went to see them for the long Labor Day weekend)

2. Drank three glasses of wine

3. Slept in and didn't get started on my run until 11:15 AM

4. Woke up with a sore throat

5. Humidity!!

Earlier in the week I had really wanted to get in an 8 mile run on Saturday, but once I got out there I knew I'd be lucky to get in 5 miles.

First mile went well, although probably too fast. But even at mile two I realized I just wasn't feeling it. I walked. A lot. At certain points I wanted just to walk the rest of the way but I knew that would take longer. I really wanted to get back to my mom's house so I could collapse.

At least the path is pretty.

Turns out I've developed a cold. A lovely, lovely head cold that has left me feeling like I've been hit by a truck. I managed to do a 40 minute exercise video with my mom on Sunday and go for an hour long walk with her on Monday. Last night my strength training class was canceled but I dragged myself onto the elliptical for 30 minutes since I was the gym anyway. But I haven't run.

It's not looking good for my upcoming race goals.

On the plus side, my Tuesday night class got canceled entirely, so now I'll have time to do speedwork if I want to. Assuming the track is available for public use on Tuesday evenings. Guess I'll find out!



Route:--Elev. Avg:734 ft
Location:Urbana, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:09/05/09Up/Downhill: [+167/-167]
Time:11:18 AMDifficulty:2.0 / 5.0

Distance: 5.10 miles
Speed:5.6 mph
Pace:10' 40 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 42-0' 586.2+0.6+36 ft
210' 23-0' 175.8+0.1-23 ft
311' 25+0' 455.2-0.4+10 ft
411' 20+0' 405.3-0.3+13 ft
510' 44+0' 045.6-0.0-40 ft
end8' 34-2' 067.0+1.4+3 ft
Versus average of 10' 40 min/mile

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kilax said...

Oh no. Exercising when you're sick is so hard! And I know they say you can still do it (depending on the symptoms) but it leaves you feeling SO DRAINED. I hope you feel better soon.

Bayjb said...

Oh no! I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. Don't push yourself too hard with running while you're sick, seriously. Just let yourself heal too! Okay mom comment is done.

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