Again, not much on my mind - what can I say, I am a terrible blogger.
Tuesday: 3.5 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles
Thursday: 4.01 miles
Saturday: 16.02 miles (PDR)
Total for the week: 30.53 miles
I was terribly nervous for my long run this week. I have never gone over the half marathon distance and for some reason anything beyond that is all "too far" - be it 14, 16, 20, or 26.2 miles. Crazy enough, in my mind I felt like "if I can do 16 - I can do a marathon." Now that I have done 16 I realize that was a stupid way of thinking and I am still super nervous. I am also having some hip/leg issues... I think its either bursitis or a tight IT band.
As far as my long run, it was my first attempt in a while to figure out fueling of some sort. I ate 4 jelly beans at mile 6 and by mile 8 I had to make a pit stop at the bathroom. I ate them two other times just to test it out and it didn't go well - seemed to give me stomach cramps. I am starting to think I may have to just going into the marathon knowing my stomach will be an issue and eating just enough to get through - timing my fuel around the potties on the course. So frustrating, but I won't let it stop me.
My running felt good until mile 12 when my hip started bothering me. I stopped to stretch it out some and attempted to run again, and it was still bothering me. I stupidly kept running because darn it this 16 was hugely mental for me and if I had failed it would have been a huge hit to my training. I did try to keep it to an annoyance more than a pain. However, still today its bothering me. Its weird I notice it more sitting then standing - its like a tightness/numbness in the quad and down the leg to the knee which leads me to the whole IT band thing. Either way I am taking it easy and stretching lots - hoping its better by tomorrow, if not it may be time to go see a doc!
Anyone else experience any hip issues? What were they and how did they resolve? :)
P.S. St. Jude is holding a fundraising contest this week, I would LOVE to be one of the top 3 this week - the prize is a gift certificate to Dick's and I could really use another pair of shoes! How can you help? I need as many donations as possible. Amount doesn't matter, its based on the NUMBER of donations, so even $1 donations help greatly! If you can help, please donate here.