Monday, February 11, 2013

Half Marathon Training Update



Seeing the Great Blue Heron on my run was not quite as exciting as seeing the two deer while I was waiting for my Garmin to find satellites or even the Cardinals who almost stood still long enough for a good photo, but it's a better photo than the last deer photo that I posted. Progress!  

I'm running The Woodlands Half Marathon in about 3 weeks. I've felt low on energy lately and my pace shows it. I have minor aches, too, so I'm keeping my miles low and hoping my body will finally recover from the Houston Marathon that I ran in mid-January, if that's the problem. I ran an easy five miles this morning. Recently, my long runs have been 7 and 9 miles long and I hope to run 11 miles for my next long run. 

Something that I did today that made me feel better on my run was to eat first. I wasn't hungry on the run, like I have been lately, so that's a step in the right direction.

What kind of wildlife do you see when you run?

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  1. Isn't it crazy how long that marathon fatigue can hang on? I'm feeling some little aches too and having a hard time knowing if I should take them more seriously. I finally got in 10 today, and aiming for 11-12 next weekend. I'm racing the same weekend! Decided to do Sugarland, so I won't see you at the Woodlands. Eating was a smart move. :)

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    1. It helps to hear I'm not the only one who is still tired and has aches, too! Thanks!

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  2. Stretch a lot. You might incorporate a Yoga class as this will really help you stretch out.

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    1. Thanks for the reminder to stretch! I will!

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  3. Texan here too. Wildlife, oh yes, I live in the country...it ranges from deer, to wild hogs, snapping turtles, and all kinds of birds. Last year as I was running, I saw a large hawk drop out of the sky to the base of a tree and come out with a very large snake. It looked like a Cottonmouth Water Moccasin to me and I was fairly close.

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    1. Wow! That's a great story about the hawk and the snake!

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  4. Gorgeous bird! I generally only see birds on my runs, or maybe a few squirrels, although when I was running really early in the morning I saw a skunk, a fox, and a deer. I hope your body starts to feel better!

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    1. Oh, I think I'd run away from the skunk!

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  5. Running out here in the country where I live, I have seen deer, hawks, geese, and a variety of other birds. I am fully prepared to see a rattlesnake some day. It is bound to happen!

    I hope your aches subside soon!

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    1. I'm keeping my eyes out for snakes, too! I'd be surprised if I don't see one someday.

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  6. I'm sure your energy will recover soon and you'll feel great on the day!
    Where I live I keep noticing Monarch butterflies lately - so pretty!

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    1. Monarchs are pretty! Years ago, we went to Pismo Beach, California, and they were gathered in the trees during the winter for warmth. http://www.monarchbutterfly.org

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  7. Gorgeous photo!
    I love seeing wildlife while on the run. :)

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    1. That's one of the reasons I love to run!

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  8. You live in a total nature center! So cool. The most I can hope for is a rabbit or a cat crossing my path while running. Although I did meet up with a snake last summer that was not too fun. Hope your energy starts coming back soon.

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    1. Seeing snakes is something I could do without! None so far!

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  9. I also have hit a wall after running Houston, we pushed this year but the conditions were difficult. 3 weeks of almost no running and I'm just getting back into it. My 8 miler last weekend felt LOOONNNGGGG.

    Regarding wildlife in Katy: Ducks, Herons, Snakes, and my dog's favorite.....rabbits.

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    1. You're right - the conditions weren't easy with the cold and rain. I forget about important details like that after a while, but my body has not!

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  10. Blue herons are beautiful! We have them here too :) But not cardinals!
    I can't believe that Woodlands is so soon now. You will be ready. It's a great race, I hear!

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  11. Beautiful! We only see dogs and birds :-)

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