This week’s run was much, MUCH better. (14.5 miles) We are getting stronger.

Not me. I never even look this good BEFORE I start.

Last week’s run was so bad. We finished, but it was bad.  And actually, I was waiting for that run.  It always happens when I train. When you experience a really difficult run it shakes your confidence.  I left that day with one thought in my mind, “If I can’t do 14 miles, how in the heck will I be able to do 26?”

Which, of course, only made me buckle down and try harder.  Because I refuse to feel like that come marathon day.

If there is one thing that I have learned, it is that you have to respect the mileage. You can’t just decide one day to haul ass.  Be it two miles, six miles or 20 miles, you need to prepare and respect the rigors you are about to put your body through. Or your body will revolt.

I kinda have experience with that.

This week I am thinking NUTRITION and HYDRATION.  I’m trying to view my food intake in an entirely different manner… as fuel.  So I have drastically altered my diet and have taken to writing everything down.  Which, for the record, I HATE TO DO.  Yes, it makes me accountable, but it also drives me nuts.  As for the hydration part, I am shooting for 80-90 oz of water a day.  Ahem. I have these humongous Weight Watchers mugs that can hold 30 ounces of water at a time. I drink one before I leave for work, one in the middle of the day and one at night.  My bladder loves me.

I also need the nutrition/hydration focus because I need to drop weight in a huge way.  I just can’t run 26.2 miles with this type of weight on me.  And OF COURSE, instead of dropping last week, I GAINED a pound and a half.  I ask you… how can one run 14.5 miles and GAIN weight?  I didn’t think it possible either.  Apparently, I have some sort of special talent.  You’re jealous, I know.

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