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I’m Still Here!

Smack into marathon training as soon as I stepped foot back in DC.  Taking it easy, of course, since I don’t want to get injured, so lots of walking with running for now, until I get my running legs back. 

My troublesome feet?  Have definitely been complaining…  Hoping to snag an appointment with a podiatrist this week and find out why have they been giving me trouble for the last two years.  We will see what happens.

It’s been nice to be back on my beloved trails and see these views once again…

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I’ll be back soon to share more about what we’ve been doing since we left Manila, and to hopefully catch up with all the trips that are left to blog about…  Turns out life with a baby?  Much harder to get two free hands than I expected, but I miss writing, and I miss this space.

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Adding the “Running” back into this blog! (And into my life!)

For real.  In an attempt to not be completely out of running shape once I get back to DC and in marathon training mode, I decided to start running again this week, after getting the “all clear” from my doctor.

On Wednesday, I jumped on my treadmill, on what will likely be a goodbye run:  looks like it’s getting sold this week.  It has served me well, even if I barely got any use out of it, thanks for injuries and all my pregnancy fatigue.  I should be buying a replacement before heading back to Brazil, unless we’re living close to the beach, then running on the boardwalk will be much more my style!

I’m not going to lie:  the run was not pretty.  I kept the running part at a 11 min/mile pace, and still had to take walk breaks pretty frequently.  At the end, I finished 2.5 miles averaging 12:57 pace, which it’s not *that* bad considering there were lots of walking sprinkled in there.

Friday morning, I met up with a friend who is also trying to get back to running after baby.  I met her by her house in Dasmarinas Village and we went for a jog (for those of you unfamiliar with Manila, the villages are closed residential areas with single family homes, so lots quiet streets for running, less polluted, little cars, no traffic and even a lot of shade!).

I was nervous, I can’t even remember the last time I ran outside!  But when she asked if I wanted to do the 3k route or the 5k one, I said “5k” without hesitation.  Did I have to walk?  Sure, I did.  I actually thought walking was a good think (let’s not do too much too soon and get injured, right?), but we went way past the halfway point before any of us walked.

Since I forgot my GPS at home, I’m oblivious to our pace, which may be for the best!

Sadly, I’m so out of running shape that I’ve been pretty sore the last couple of days.  I’ll be back out on Tuesday for yet another running date! 

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Marine Corps Marathon!

So this happened…

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(Yes, folks, it’s official, I will add back the “running” into this running blog, woot!)

But that confirmation was not before I went through almost an hour and a half of this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And some of this…

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And a lot of this….

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At the end, I wasn’t successful (and both Karl and I were trying from our respective computers), but my friend Angela was in getting me in.  (Thanks, Angela!)

So it’s official:  in two months (!!!), we move back to the States, I will rejoin my running group, and will start training for the marathon.  (It will be my third marathon, my second MCM.)

I’m not going to lie:  I’m really really nervous about it.  I still have strict instructions that I cannot exercise (my body rejected my stitches from childbirth so my recovery has not been easy), so I don’t even know when I’ll be ok to start running again.  And being stuck at 9lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight, which was already 15lbs above my marathon training weight, I know it’ll make things harder.  Plus, the knee pain that showed up in my third trimester is still there…  And my feet are a constant source of issues since I was training for Chicago.

But Karl promised to watch Elena while I go for training runs, and enough of my friends signed up that I’ll have company for training.

I can do this! 

I can do this, right? 

I really hope I can do this.

Wish me luck.

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Do you train on a treadmill?

So I’ve made my hate for the treadmill pretty obvious here, even though most of my runs lately have been on the treadmill (yay for convenience/not smelling car fumes/not having to cross streets every 2 minutes/not dealing with crowded sidewalks/having the AC on/not having to carry water/not having to deal with hot and humid weather outside).

Anyway, despite all of that, I still hate the treadmill.  4 miles or so has been my limit, I can never seem to get past that.

But Denise just posted how she ran a 20 miler on a treadmill.  No news there:  I know a lot of bloggers who train on treadmills, including for long runs, and have a friend who trained for a marathon exclusively on the treadmill (thanks to the Snowmageddon of 2010).  And I think they’re all nuts.

But Denise made a good point:  “Everyone thinks I’m nuts but I’m telling you, nothing builds mental toughness like a 20 miler on the treadmill!!”

Huh. 

When she puts it like that it makes total sense.  Of course, I’d pick the beautiful C&O Canal any day for my long runs, but it does a lot more for mental distraction than mental toughness.

For those of you who train on the treadmill do you also find that it helps with mental toughness more than training on roads/trails do?

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