June has been an epic fail in terms of the weather in my neck of the woods. I’ve read this has been the rainiest June in Pittsburgh since 1996. Bummer! I’m only one week into marathon training and the rain has thrown a wrench into my plans.
That being said, week one is done! With the exception of one run, they were all done indoors. It wasn’t so bad because I’ve been watching “Pushing Daisies,” and one episode equals 3.5 miles. I’ve worked a bit on speed on the treadmill, and I can consistently run without stopping to walk when I am on it. However, that’s something I definitely need to work on when it comes to running outside. I have no sense of pace, and I honestly could not tell you how fast I am going. I usually use the RunKeeper app to keep track of my pace, but unless I take my phone out of my pack to constantly check on it, it’s not that great. I have a Garmin GPS watch that I will use more to help me get into a groove and figure out what pace feels comfortable. I have a tendency to start out way too fast, do OK in the first few miles and then just bonk. It didn’t bug me that much for 10Ks and half marathons (half of the half marathons that I have run have been Disney races, and I stop for photo ops and such, so pacing was never a priority in that sense), but if I want to successfully train for a full, I need to be cognizant about how fast I am going so I don’t burn out too soon. I want to do this right!
Because life has been so hectic lately, I’ve definitely felt some discouragement over the last week. I don’t have time to run, I’m too tired, my mind isn’t in it, etc. My husband ran one 3-miler with me, but because it’s been raining, we weren’t able to do it again. I couldn’t do my first “long” run on Sunday. I had planned to head downtown for a training run with the local running club, but it was raining (again). A little rain never hurt anyone, but my diabetes devices are not waterproof and if I put them in a zip-lock, they don’t fit into my running pack. With other things thrown into the schedule and my runs largely depending on my meals, the whole thing was a bust. The annual Greek Food Festival in my town was this weekend, and I HAD to eat my gyro…that’s not the best pre-run meal, but I did make it to 2 miles. Instead, I ran 6 miles yesterday…I feel super accomplished!
My blood sugar levels have been just OK…this is my first time training with a CGM, so it’s interesting to see how my levels are responding in real time as I exercise. I’ve definitely been spiking, but the more I study it, the better I’ll be able to determine if I need to reduce my carb count before a run or how much insulin to take.
July will be interesting. Hopefully the weather cooperates! I’ll be traveling a lot during the month, but I’ll make it work!
- Wednesday: 3 miles (12:06 min/mile)
- Saturday: 3.5 miles (12:01 min/mile)
- Sunday: 2 miles (11:33 min/mile)
- Monday: 6 miles (11:50 min/mile)
Upcoming activities: Two 3-milers and a 7-miler. I’ll be going away this weekend for Fourth of July, so I am thinking that the 7-miler will overlap with next week’s training (like my 6-mile run did).
Until next time!