Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Training for my 50K

I know I haven't talked much about my training for my 50k that is actually coming up this weekend.  I cannot believe it is here already. It always seems so far away when you register for the race. I admit
I never had a real training plan on any of my marathons I've run. Mainly because my crazy work schedule has never allowed for it. But this time was different, because I was able to make the time for a training plan.
 
 
 It still wasn't as strict of one like others may set up but it worked for me and that's all that matters. In addition to running a few times through the week, I made sure I progressively added my mileage for my long run on the weekends. My longest run in this training cycle was 21 miles. That was two weeks ago. I felt pretty good during the run and even afterwards.
 
BUT the next day my knee started bothering me, which was odd because I have never had that feeling before. I have had some IT Band problems in the past, but this was different.  Such bad timing!  So many thoughts were running through my head. What if my knee continued to bother me and I don't even make it to the starting line or what if I begin and  have to DNF. That is one of my biggest fears. I kept thinking in the back of my head. My sister may be right.  She was nervous for me having such a big race before my Goofy Challenge in January.  I assured her that everything would be fine when I signed up for the race. Of course no one thinks they are going to get an injury during their training. Everybody has a goal in mind for their races, usually time related, but this one is just to finish for me. Luckily it rained the rest of the week so that was my excuse to not get out and run at all (even though I do have a treadmill). But I thought it would do my body good to take some time off and relax.

This weekend I knew it was going to be beautiful!  There was no way I was going to miss a run with this weather. 60 + degrees in Central PA in December,  I'll take it! So off I went for a run. My goal was to go for about an hour.  I knew if that's all I was going, there was no need to carry water with me. I was about halfway through my run and I started getting very thirsty. I think it was because I didn't drink enough in the morning. Luckily my Uncle's house was on the route I was running. And it just so happened he was outside grilling ribs that smelled delicious when I ran by. He asked if I wanted a rib for the road. As much as I wanted to say yes, I declined.  After grabbing a quick drink I was back to my run. My uncle use to used to run back in the day, so he gets it!  He even qualified for Boston with a finishing time of 2:57 at Steamtown marathon a few years ago. How awesome is that? 

Anyways, that little pit stop was just what I needed to  get me through my run. I finished a strong 8 miles. The best part was not having any knee pain throughout the run! I guess all I needed was the rest. I am going to take the rest of the week off until my race. Let's hope it feels just as good this coming weekend for my  50K race and I get to the starting line and make it to the finish line without any pain.    -L

What is your biggest fear in a race?
Have you ever DNS or DNF before?
 
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.
 

51 comments:

  1. I hope your knee pain was just a "phantom pain" leading up to your race. it's definitely scary when you think you may be injured before a race...I had a close call over the summer when I thought I was having some foot pain - thankfully that passed. I can't even imagine running a 50K, hope it goes well!

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    1. I hope that's all it was too. And doesn't give me anymore problems.

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  2. Good luck!! 50k is a huge goal and I hope your knee feels good at the start (and finish)

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  3. Good luck on the race! That's a great sign that your knee felt good during this weekend's run :)

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  4. Oooh I hope your knee cooperates and you have a great race! All the best this weekend! Thanks for linking up!

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  5. 50km? WOW - that's incredible. 5km is an achievement for me. Good luck for the race - you will be amazing!

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  6. As one who understands knee pain, I hope it's a phantom pain and you rock your race.

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    1. That's what I hope too. Haven't had any since, so fingers crossed.

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  7. Oooohhh... this is exciting! GOOD LUCK this weekend! I bet that knee pain never comes back.

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    1. Thanks for thinking positive for me. I hope not!

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  8. I hope your knee calms down for you. Have a GREAT race, Lacey!

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  9. I cant believe its already time for the 50K - It feels like yesterday it was brought up about registering! Crazy!
    Glad the knee is holding out & doing OK
    How cool to have a relatives house on your path - perfect pit stop :)

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    1. Yea I know. It seems so far away when we register for races. It's always nice to pass a place I know I'll be able to stop if I need to. That's why I specifically run that route.

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  10. How exciting, good luck this weekend I bet you'll have a great time!!

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    1. Thanks. I wish the weather was going to be like this past wkend but it is suppose to cool down quite a bit unfortunately.

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  11. Sub 3 is amazing marathon time! How cool you had somewhere to stop and get a little fuel lol
    Hopefully the rest did fix things up, making through 8 mile sis s great sign :) I hope you rock that 50k! Best wishes for a great race.

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    1. Yeah it was an awesome time. I don't know how he did it. And now he doesn't even run. I was very happy getting thru 8 miles w no pain.

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  12. Good luck! You'll do great. Wise decision to rest up for your epic race!

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    1. Yes. I think I needed it. I have some classes to teach at the gym this wk but I am done running until my race this wkend.

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  13. Praying your knee cooperates and you have a great race!

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  14. Best of luck on your 50K! Sending positive vibes your way for no knee pains!

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  15. I hope your knee behaves itself - hopefully it was just those final-week-of-training niggles shaking themselves out! I wish you a FANTASTIC race and I can't wait to hear how it goes. YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!

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    1. Thanks!Training always seems to go well until the last few wks then you end of feeling every twitch and think there may be a problem.

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  16. That's so exciting that your 50K is coming up this weekend! I'm glad to hear your knee is feeling better. Have a great race and I can't wait to read all about it!!

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    1. Yes! I can't believe it's the weekend already!

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  17. Wow, I wish you well on this journey. Hopefully the pain was sicomatic. Wishing you well on race day. Hugs and love.

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  18. Hope the knee holds out for you! My husband made ribs in the smoker this weekend and I ate one shortly before I went out for my warm run!

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    1. Oh I bet that was delicious. I was so tempted to take up his offer but wasn't sure how that would sit with only half way thru my run.

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  19. I am so excited for you! I hope your knee behaves and you achieve your goal!

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    1. Well my goal is always to finish. Of course there is always a time Frame in the back of our runner's brain. Just don't want to think about that though.

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  20. Glad your knee is feeling better! I hope it cooperates during the race. Good luck and have a great time!

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  21. Thanks for sharing this update. I've been wondering when your race is. If your knee hurt just that one time, I wouldn't worry about it. Sounds like you just needed the rest. I can't wait to hear how it goes. Good luck!

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    1. I'm trying not to worry about it. I feel like the more you worry the more you are likely to feel like something else is wrong.

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  22. A 50k? How wonderful. I'm very excited for you. I'm sure your knee just wanted a little break. Good luck!

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    1. Yes. I hope that's all it once. Since it hasn't been a reoccurring thing.

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  23. Been there! I hope all goes well on race day!

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  24. Wow I can't even imagine running or training for a race that long. Good luck can't wait to read all about it.

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  25. Glad it felt better after your 8 miler! You can do it! I think I'm always worried about getting injured during the race and not being able to finish or getting injured on a race that I'm using as a training run for another race. Good luck this weekend!

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  26. Good luck on your race. What a great experience. Hope your knee niggle doesn't come back !

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  27. you've so got this and i am glad you felt better after your 8 miler! the weather in the northeast is crazy-it is so cold here in LA right now

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  28. I was wondering when your 50k was coming up! Hopefully some rest was all your knee needed - good luck this weekend!!

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  29. Goood luck (if its tomorrow). Congrats (if it was today). Look forward to reading about it!

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