Yesterday I ran with the Denver Trail Runners and it's hard to believe I can get their kind of speed one day. It was a little ridiculous because watching their stride, it didn't even seem like they could possibly be going much faster, but within a minute or so they'd be a half a mile ahead of me or more. I felt like such a loser.
Which makes me so skeptical that I'm at all ready for a marathon in just over a month. Really? I think it's two half marathon loops. When I finish the first one how on earth will I get the motivation to do a whole other loop, climbing 1400 feet?
Nevermind, I was wrong about the double loop:
I love how there's a huge climb right around the time I hate my life and then you see that hill at mile 24? Are they sadists? I know I will cry when I cross the finish. I cry after every run over 13 miles in training. I will also be crying because I just finished a fucking marathon after less than 6 months of running. Do you believe that? I just started running in JULY.
When I ran in Austin, though, the extra oxygen at sea-level really didn't feel any better. I was still really exhausted and sad at 13 miles and barely pushed through 15. Though again, if I wasn't racing against the sun? Maybe. And maybe it was just the humidity stifling me even though I enjoy heavy air way more than dry desert air. We'll see how it goes.
So with all this training, I've added new things on my wishlist. I think I'm just going to run my debt straight into the ground and just not care. Even if I'm only substitute teaching with a crappy pay, I can still afford my monthly bills and will be living pretty much the same way I am now, afraid to buy a $1.75 cup of coffee.
The Dreaded Wishlist:
This might be highest on my list because it seems like it would last me any distance in training or racing and provides a lot of bonuses in carrying stuff, which I like to do on my runs. However, I would also need to buy a 70 oz bladder, preferably from the same company because it has the zip closure that would be essential in cutting down race time at aid stations
I don't think getting the 2's vs the 3's make a difference, except the 3's look super sick! The more I run, and especially with my ITB syndrome knee, the more I want these cushioned lovelies to grace my feet. I didn't think I'd want them until Ultra training, but maaan, they would be awesome for my marathon.
- A nice windbreaker.
I'm considering the Nike+ one. Though it'd be nice if it had a pedometer too for the price. I'm not totally sure which one I really want, but the Nike one looks nice and I've always been happy with their products.
I think my phone won't last much longer for tracking 5-7 hour long runs, so a GPS watch will be necessary at some point to train with.
**update** it doesn't look like the Nike one is good either for battery life OR tracking elevation. Fail. Might have to go with a Garmin or possibly Polar?
- I still need winter running socks. I keep finding deals on places like REI or REI-outlet or Sierra Trading Post. Especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. But without a job, it's hard to justify shopping even for clearance or super deals.
- And I'd like to get back into cross training sometime. And I found some great shoes and clothes for that, but they're not at all necessary (except maybe those Nike ballet flats I've had my heart set on since before they even came out).
- Everything on my Amazon wishlist - Fitness Equipment but especially the books at the top of my non-labeled wishlist. I could use some long novels about running for more inspiration.