Yesterday I went out to run 19 miles, why 19? Well, because I've been behind and I haven't been pushing myself, and last week I did 16. I don't know if I can jump 4 miles in one week, so I decided 3 miles would be an okay jump . . . except I didn't make it to 19.
I guess, since I didn't post last week, I will back up a little. A week ago yesterday I ran 16 miles, and while I felt it was hard, it wasn't that bad. I finished, and felt good about it. It was the first run since July 23rd that I ran the distance I set out to run. I even went grocery shopping afterwards, don't get me wrong, my feet were really tired, but I did it.
Then on Tuesday while I was running I felt a sharp pain in my right knee as I stepped down, and then again on the next step with the right foot. I stopped, assessed, and it didn't feel bad, ran a few steps and it was gone, so I finished my 5 mile run. On Wednesday I woke up and it was a little sore, but I was planning on resting that day anyway, so I didn't worry about it. However, on Thursday it was really sore so I decided I should take that day off as well. Friday came, and it felt better, but was still giving me a little irritation, so again I rested.
Saturday I got up bright and early and went for a 5 mile run. No issues with my knee at all. So it's a go for Sunday's long run. Except I woke up on Sunday and didn't really feel like running. I laid in bed, watched Orange is the New Black (why did I wait so long to watch the new season?!) and thought about skipping my run. At about 9am Chris came in and asked me about my run, and I shrugged and said I didn't want to run.
Finally I got out of bed and got dressed and left for my run at about 9:45am. Still not sure how far I was going to go. Thinking I may cut it short and call it good. Well, that's exactly what I did. At about mile 9 I came to a road where I had to turn left to go farther, I was moving really slow at this point, or I could turn right and head home. The thought of running 10 more miles seriously made me want to cry so I looked at mapmyrun, then Google Maps to figure out how far I was from home. I decided running 5 more miles to make 14 total sounded way better than running 10 more miles, so I turned right.
I got about 2 miles down the road and realized I really, really had to use a bathroom. Like now! I text Chris, asked him to come get me, he didn't respond, then I remembered there was a church not very far ahead and thought I could maybe make it there. I ended up walking to the church and thankfully was able to use the bathroom. (This was eerily similar to my story 2 years ago. . . however, there were people there and I was able to ask, and I didn't spend the rest of my day in the bathroom, thankfully, oh and it wasn't a great run . . . so maybe not so similar.) While I was sitting on the toilet I called Chris and asked him to come get me, but then I got out of the church and felt good. I could have run the 2 more miles to the park where Chris was meeting me with Maddox. =/ Oh well, I got 12 miles in. Honestly, I didn't feel bummed about not doing 19 miles, but I felt really upset that I didn't do 14.
You know what is usually the start of a bad run? Me telling myself over and over that I don't want to run, and not telling myself that I'm going to run 19 miles no matter what. Also, reading my old posts from marathon training 2 years ago today has made me realize that I am not fueling the same way, and maybe that's why I'm so tired. 2 years ago what I found best was 3 honey stingers every 2 miles, I am currently only doing 2 honey stingers every 2 miles. I just bought some Nuun for last week's run, so I'm sipping that whenever I want, but maybe the honey stingers are another thing that's going wrong for me.
Once again, I am no where near where I should be in training for a marathon. Maybe if I do enough of them, I will have figured it out and followed a training plan. This year was going to be the year I followed the plan exactly, and I was going to run it under 4 hours . . .that is not going to happen. I can't go back and fix my hip, I can't go back and make myself run more on my long runs, so I just need to go forward. I saw on Facebook that they've added a half marathon option to the Tri-Cities Marathon, so maybe I'll do that. I have until October 14th to decide (the last day of registering for the marathon) and I'll have gotten in 2 more long runs before that, so I'll know where I stand.
One last thing before I'm done. My failed 19 mile run yesterday was along the beginning of my long runs from 2 years ago. I was a little leery about running that way because there were a couple houses with dogs, and I have definitely developed an aversion to dogs while I run (honestly, they scare me more than being attacked by humans), I like dogs, I'm not scared of them, but farm dogs are territorial and usually not on leashes or fenced in, and no one is around. Anyway, I did it and passed Donald again. I had forgotten about Donald and his peanut wagon.
They've definitely done more work to him and cleaned up the area around him. =)
I noticed the solar panel yesterday, I didn't remember it from 2 years ago, and now I'm curious what it is powering. Maybe I'll have to drive out there one evening to see.