November training was so disheartening – I was hoping for so much more in December. January was coming so fast, I had costumes to make, Christmas to manage and I needed to get my energy back. Two iron infusions and I was starting to feel like myself again. On Dec 4th I started running again with a 5k.
I new that the training plan called for a mock dopey of sorts which I really wanted to do not only so I’d know I could do it but so I could figure out my aches and pains, nutrition, and recovery. I had my plan – If I could work back up to and do the mock dopey I’d be fine. 10k on the 6th…
I wasn’t even looking at my times – just trying to build back my lost endurance. I was feeling better with each run. A lot of media about the races was being released. I got to admit I was freaking out a bit. Excited, nervous, overwhelmed – it was all so much. I had decided to do this race over our New Years Disney visit 2016. It had been a year of training. Was I ready?
Here are the race maps!
Sunday I was able to eek out 10 miles! Next week I was to get my iron checked again and then the Dopey simulation. I was happy to be mostly in zone 2 for this run. Maybe all my training was still there – just waiting for the iron to kick in.
So the simulation begins – a 3.1 mile run/walk. Felt good – still rocking zone 2. Tomorrow has me walking 5 miles. walking 12 miles sat and a 26 mile run/walk sunday. I’ve only gone 17 miles so that is going to be a stretch. If I get over 20 i’ll feel great.
Some kind person posted the possible sweep points on the marathon. – not helping my nervousness but good to have so I know.
So the idea of walking 5 miles on a treadmill was meh at best. Im a slow walker so instead I changed my run/walk interval to 30/90 so I still ran a little bit. Maggie came by several times to check out my treadmill so I did a little treadmill trainin with her and johnny after I was done. I had my Benlysta IV treatment today and am feeling pretty good – tired after my treatment but better than November!
The sun was out – it was cold but it may be cold on race weekend. 12 miles using 30/90 intervals as my training plan called for a walk. As that would have taken me what seemed like forever, I ran a little. I know I need to save my legs for tomorrow’s full. I got a little queasy towards the end – but I now know I need to add in there for my nutrition. My new hoka’s came in – hoping to start breaking those in. 12 miles – Feeling more and more confident again!
26.2 miles – I got a late start and knew it would be dark long before I finished. I decided to do the full on my treadmill. I figured, If I had a medical issue, i’d be home and as this was the longest run i’d ever attempted it seemed to make me feel more at ease and ready to face the challenge. I had teed up a couple movies and also some runners home made go pro video’s of their WDW marathon. Last night my collarbone area started to swell. This happens often prior to a flare. I was stressed about the run but was determined to get it done. We had a Christmas party the night before – I stuck to water and went to bed right after. We had brunch with some friends that morning – I figured i’m going to need to eat anyways. I stared with a 5 mile walk and then jogged / walked in 30/60 intervals. At mile 17 I shouted to Kam – I’m at 17, then 18, then 19! I was so excited to have passed that barrier! I was undertime and feeling pretty good until mile 20. By mile 22 I needed to stop. My body was seized up like I was having a full on fibro flare. I tried stretching but nothing was helping. Frusterated I burst into tears. Kam was right there telling me I had gone further than any of my runs and I should be proud. He does happen to think running isn’t good for you – so encouraged me to quit. I took a breath and said I want to finish. I knew I needed to do it. My family, had been texting me also along the way cheering me on. I knew I had a lot of support behind me. I took half a pain pill and started walking. Taylor and Cindy (my stepmom) were really great with their messages through the final 4.2 slow walk. I finished in a lot of pain, but I finished. I knew what was in store for me on race day and that I could do it. My final thought was – holy hell- tomorrow is going to be a bitch.
The next day wasn’t as bad as I thought. I was sore but kept moving. That is the key – MOVE!!!! I ran an easy 3 miles on the 28th but spent the rest of December making costumes, and spending time with the family. I felt ready and was so excited.
During my costume making (If I ever do Dopey again I will start costumes in June) we had some wicked weather and lost power. Needless to say – I had several half made costumes. Well – I figure – they will get finished after and used at a future race. Lesson learned.
December miles – 68.6 – Year total 383.70
Dopey Here I come!