With less than a month (WHAT?!) until the Columbus (Half) Marathon, I am upping my training posts from biweekly to weekly. Every Monday from here until the day after I run 13.1 miles in one shot through the streets of Columbus, you can expect a training post and video. Fancy.
So what’s been going on training wise?
Hills, Hills, and More Hills
I’ve gotten kind of brave about finally running somewhere other than our neighborhood. I’ve perfected our neighborhood into two separate loops of two miles which makes for easy running — but boring running. I decided to tackle the two country roads surrounding us, both of which bring the hills like nobody’s business. While Columbus claims to have a flat and fast course, all of the training guides say to run some hills. So I have been. I felt pleasantly surprised yesterday on the first seven miles of my 12-mile run when I saw that my splits somehow were faster on miles five and six, which included some up and down hills on five and a continuous uphill for mile six.
Of course, once back in the neighborhood, with the constant ups and downs, I fell off pace and didn’t much care. My only goal for the run? Finish. And during the last mile, my only goal became to not puke in my neighbors’ yards. Pro Tip: Greasy, leftover pizza heated up for 30 seconds and eaten two hours before a run does not qualify as sufficient or efficient fueling for a 12-mile run. Oops? Soccer Sundays are busy, what can I say.
Running with Short Hair Is AWESOME
I felt nervous about chopping my hair right before the half marathon. How would I keep the longer piece(s) from flopping my face? How would I hold my hair back? Would my shorter hair be absorbent enough for my extremely sweaty head? My stylist assured me it would be okay, and after a four- and 12-mile run with short hair, I can say that it feels great! Two little bobby pins, a quick twist, and BAM! No hair in my face!
One of the reasons I chopped my hair was based on how heavy it gets when it is long. I would pull it up on top of my head to run, but the bobbing and movement sometimes proved distracting and annoying, especially when I found myself struggling near the end of the run. Now? No distractions! Just struggling! Yay?
Hooray for Cooler Temps!
I wanted to do a cartwheel when I went out for my afternoon run yesterday to temps in the high 50’s. I still wore a tank and shorts because I remain a “hot” runner, but oh, it felt so great! Daily highs are now (usually) under 70, meaning that mornings and evenings feel just perfect to me. (The sun did get to me a bit yesterday afternoon, but you run when you can!) I don’t know if the cooler temperatures improved my general time yesterday or if I just hit a sweet spot on a long run, but whatever the case, I’ll take it. I didn’t feel like passing out even once on my long run. That’s a win in my book!
Countdown to Columbus: A Vlogging Series with Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless (Midwest) contacted me to see if I would consider reviewing a FitBit Flex provided for free by them and doing a series of videos leading up to the Columbus Marathon. As I fell in love with FitBit after the BlogHer ’13 5K, I said yes, having wanted to try out a Flex as well. I’ve been doing well with my Flex since it stays on all the time (meaning I don’t forget to put it on like my previous Zip), and it’s been interesting to see what my sleep cycles look like.
And now, my Immediate Post-12-Mile Run Vlog, complete with sweat, no makeup, out of breath-ness, and children in costume. Oh yes, I keep it real here, as always.
Note: This post says 27 days, but yesterday there were 28 days until the Columbus Marathon.
Well, wasn’t that special. But really, my tip about avoiding sequined shoes until the day after the race? I stand by that suggestion: When I got in the shower after the video, my heel stung like whoa. Here’s hoping the blister heels soon. Again: Oops?
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Next week, my longest run is only eight miles. My video plans include taking my phone with me to grab some video of the routes I run, more interviews with my kids because they’re cute, and more sweaty blathering. How exciting! See you then?
Are you training for Columbus or another fall half/marathon? How’s it going?
Disclaimer: Verizon Wireless Midwest provided me with the FitBit Flex, but all sweaty blathering is my own. Obviously.