>Marathon Training: Week 11, and Lent

>Monday: 4 miles at the gym, worked on arms/abs
Tuesday: 7 miles at the gym, worked on legs/abs
Wednesday: 3 miles at the gym, worked on arms/abs again.. decided to retire my first pair of Asics after an achy run that should not have been achy
Thursday: rest
Friday: yoga with a Yogamazing podcast
Saturday: 18 miles allllll around Peoria. Seriously. To get 18 miles out of the decent parts of town I combined all my normal routes.

Gabi is out of town this weekend so we did this one on our own. It was the biggest mental battle I’ve had to fight yet. I had dreams about it the other night, and last night after work I just couldn’t relax. I was so anxious! I made myself get out of bed around 5:30 and was out the door by about 6. I was able to watch the sunrise.. so pretty. It was windy, though – 20-30 mph. My hands froze as I didn’t wear gloves. Honestly, I was lazy and didn’t want to look for them this morning.

My Camelbak didn’t come this week, so I took a 24-oz bottle with G2 with me. It wasn’t bad carrying it, as I’ve done it before. I also took two gels and my cell phone in my belt. Normally I don’t take my cell phone, but when I’m out and about for that long I figured it was a good idea. I used one gel and drank all the G2.

I don’t think my HR topped 165-170. I felt great in my heart and lungs. By mile 10, though, my legs started aching. Knees, thighs, hamstrings, hips. Ouch. But I pushed through and still finished with a decent pace of 11:00. That’s really good for such a long distance! There were times, especially towards the end when I felt like I was literally hobbling down the sidewalk. It’s amazing I made it up the stairs.

I’ve drank three glasses of decaf iced tea. I took a bath and used my Tub Tea I got at Walnut Street Tea Co. in Champaign last time we were down there. I think it really helped, too! It was called “Soothe the Muscles”, a blend of lavender and sea salts. They’re about $6 each, but oh so worth it.

Now I’m enjoying a yummy breakfast, and later I’m going to catch up on Biggest Loser and do some knitting.

One thing I’m really trying to break out of is totally gorging myself on carbs the day of or after a long run. It doesn’t take that many carbs eaten to replace what I lost (2200 today), and I should still keep a good, balanced diet.

I made a commitment to give up sweets for Lent this year. For those of you who are not familiar with it, Lent is the 40 days preceding Easter beginning with Ash Wednesday that signifies the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and being tried by the devil. Growing up, we always celebrated it and gave up something. Normally, giving up a food doesn’t help me in my walk, because I become so legalistic about it and stay focused on not eating that one thing.

This year, though, I have recognized the role that sweets play in my emotional health. If I’ve had a rough day, or feel sad, I eat ice cream at home or go through the DQ drive through. When I want to relax, I equate that with eating sugar. This practice adversely affects my walk with God because in those rough times I should be turning to the Word for “food” so to speak. A pint of Ben and Jerry’s really won’t bring long-lasting results. It only brings guilt and lots and lots of calories!

I’m sharing this with you not to say, Oh, Look how great I am!, but to make myself accountable. I’ve spent too much time overeating and casting my cares on sugar and it’s going to stop! I’m also trying to balance out my diet and make it as healthy as I can. I’ve been making most food at home and trying to shop around the perimeter of the grocery store.

The Bible is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago when it was written and spoken in the synagogue and early church. Fasting can still play an important role in your spiritual walk. I’m excited to see how this commitment will affect our preparations for moving and what we will be doing in El Paso. The last thing I need to do is get caught up in innumerable lists and worries.

3 thoughts on “>Marathon Training: Week 11, and Lent

  1. >Elizabeth, I am considering starting to run on a normal basis… Drop me an email, if you find time, about the beginning stages of your marathon training and a little big about your food intake.

  2. >I have the same problem with food. I reward myself with it or think it will help me feel better. Thanks for the reminder that we should be going to God in those times.

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