Happy Marathon Training Monday!

I turned on the a.c. last night.  I had been sweating far too long.  I couldn’t handle it anymore.  I gave in.  I will pay the $1.50 extra it will cost me to not sweat tonight.  I need a break from it.  Though when its this hot and humid, its basically a free diet for me because I don’t like to eat when I’m this hot.  Of course, I get all bloated and puffy due to the humidity, but I don’t eat.  That’s gotta make up for something, right?  I do, however, drink loads of water and ice cold white wine.  Perfect fix for someone who is sweating too much, right?  Right.

Moving on.

This morning I wanted to do yoga, but apparently my body wanted me to sleep more.  Thus, I did just that.

And now I’m indulging in breakfast!

Perfectly ripe grapefruit + stevia (I ate the whole thing…)

Super Protein Oats!

Today’s recipe was:

  • 1/3 c oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams
  • 1/3 c Probiotic Unsweetened Plain Soy Yogurt
  • 1 packet stevia

I am filling up well because today is…MARATHON TRAINING MONDAY!

I’m running a marathon in October — my first ever!  As such, today is day 1 of training!  And I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.

The longest distance I have ever run was my 1/2 marathon in April 2008.  It was less than a year after I had started running that I ran this half marathon, and I finished in about 2:08, or a pace of about a 9:46 mile.  At the time, that pace was an incredible feat for me as 9 miles was pretty much the fastest I could run.  I’ve come very far since then, and even ran a sub 40:00 8k (5 miler) back in March, or a 7:56 mile!  And, I probably could’ve pushed myself faster!  So, I’m excited to see what 26.2 miles brings me — and how I fair both endurance and speedwise, and to just complete the darn thing!  But, I’m also nervous about my knee.

In June 2002, I was in a soccer game playing sweep and I slipped on the wet grass tearing the ACL, MCL and cartilige in my right knee.  I had surgery November 2002 to repair the ACL.  Then in the summer 2005, I was jumping on a trampoline (dumb, I know — but it was fun!) and my knee gave out.  They did orthoscopic surgery in August 2005 to clean up the mess inside my knee, but deemed the ACL still in tact, though stretched out.  Thus, I have a stretched out ACL making my right knee a little unstable.  I do loads of strength training and physical therapy exercises for my legs to make sure my knee is injury-free, but running long distances sometimes scares me.  I want to be able to achieve the 26.2 mile goal, but I want to do it without injuring my knee.  As such, I’m going off the recommendations of Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point, and some of her readers, and Bobbi over at nhershoes, and using the Run Less, Run Faster mantra of running only 3-4 days a week, and crosstraining on the “off” days.  I’m hoping that this protects my knee so that come race day, I’m in mint condition and haven’t over worked the joint, cuz its kind of necessary to run!  (I’m hoping to get the book on Wednesday, so until then…I’m improvising)

As such, the training begins tonight with…CROSSTRAINING + STRENGTH TRAINING!  As such, Marathon Training page to come soon!

Happy Monday — Do you have a case of the Monday’s?  Cuz I totally do.  Too hot to work.  Can I use that excuse?

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