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?

Comments

  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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