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Rose Ellen Adams of Columbus is sharing her training experiences as she prepares for the Sept. 28 Mill Race Marathon in Columbus. Adams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weather is significantly hotter, so I have been just trying to hydrate like crazy.
One of the things that people can do is to plan ahead and make sure their route has water along the way or make sure they are carrying water with them. Carrying water is smart now at the 90-degree mark, but I have a hard time carrying water.
So I plan my run routes with water stops along the way. I know North High School has a water fountain and that Donner Park and The Commons also have water fountains. I will plan my run with those landmarks in mind. If I am on a short run, such as a couple of miles, not having water doesn’t bother me. But if I am on a longer run, it does.
Monday: Cross train, weights
Tuesday: Swimming half mile, four-mile run
Wednesday: 25-mile bike ride
Thursday: Swim half mile, run six miles
Saturday: 17-mile run
Sunday: Nine-mile run
I had been having trouble with leg cramping, but I have increased my intake of water, and that hasn’t bothered me much. There is hardly a moment throughout the day now when I don’t have a beverage next to me. I constantly have something in my cupholder in the car, and I always have something at my desk. It has helped me keep those leg cramps at bay.
I know people are embarrassed to talk about it, but when you are running long distances, you have to plan to go to the restroom as well. So many people have asked me questions about it. I know with a lot of new runners, it catches them off guard, but it is normal to have to go more when you are running. Hydrating goes hand in hand. If you put that much water in your body ...
So you have to think about that when you plan your run, same thing as the water stops. You are going to be out there two to three hours, so you have to plan. If I am going for a run, I know where my pit stops can be. Donner Park has a public restroom, and The Commons has one. I know other places I can go as well.
The Mill Race Marathon will have portables, so people should be OK there. But some people don’t like those. You have to plan.
One of my friends who had run in the Indy Mini and had done very well told me the other day that someone who had been running with him hadn’t been able to run for a while. So he hadn’t been running, either. It made me think that having someone meet us really helps with our motivation, our accountability, but it’s really got to be our own drive to get out there.
That was probably the biggest change for me when I was losing weight and really got serious about having exercise be part of my life. I had to make it something I wanted to do for myself, and not because someone was waiting on a corner for me at 6 a.m. Yes, that is helpful, but in the end I have to do it. Having a workout partner is great, but I run a lot by myself.
I remember having points where I was checking with other people about my weight loss. It came to a point where I decided to check in myself, and not with somebody else. I didn’t want to do it because I was trying to please someone else.
I thought it was kind of sad that my friend stopped running, especially because someone else wasn’t there. Now he is going to have that feeling that he has to start over.
There are many days when I feel I can’t run 10 miles tonight. I put in a 10-hour day at work, and there is no way I can run four miles. How am I going to get out there? I come home and run 10 miles. Once I get going, it feels good. And that rush you get afterward is so very worth every bit of it. Sometimes your mind has to overcome those feelings that “I can’t” or “It’s too hot,” or “I would rather do something else.”
I’ve never regretted going on a run, but I’ve always regretted when I didn’t and I could have. I want to have the motivation to say “I am going to do this.”
We ran 19 miles on Saturday, and it blows my mind. I have been running at a decent pace, under 10 minutes a mile. I expect to go slower as we head up over 20 miles; but I still feel good, and I don’t have any injuries.
I did do something stupid the other day. I ended up with an abrasion on my side because I put a safety pin in the shorts I was wearing. It tore me up. So don’t wear safety pins or anything like that.
Remember it is really hot, so expect to go slower. You shouldn’t expect your pace to be as quick.
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