Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chapter 2 page 288 - some questions

Question #1:
I live in IN, but I'm pretty sure based on national news, we're not alone . . .
Show of hands who is SICK of the cold, damp, cloudy, rainy, windy weather??????

Question #2:
My second question is aimed at anyone who has followed a training schedule with increasing long runs -
have you ever been fearful of the upcoming long run?  A week and a half ago we ran 12 miles - and did pretty well (the last mile was hard), and this Friday we're planning on 13 miles (actually running the full course for our half marathon next month).  I'm very much looking forward to seeing what we're in for, but very much frightened that I won't be able to make it.  I'm not a "real" runner, but I've done the long runs in this training cycle of 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 miles.  Do you ever worry about an upcoming long run or is that unique to me? And the event you also get nervous or worried, what suggestions/advice do you have to "get over it"?

What is the piece of gear/equipment you absolutely LOVE the most (related to running)?

Thanks everyone for your answers - I'll put them to good use!


  1. 1) YES. ME. ALSO.

    2) I'm totally blown away that you're doing 13 miles. I ran 9 miles before last year's HM (my first), and that was as far as I went before the race. This year, I'm doing even WORSE on my training! Eep!

    3) I got a Garmin Forerunner for my birthday last year, and now I don't know how I lived without it! I used to go and plan out 6 mile runs on Google maps. Bleh!

  2. 1) OMG. I have been feeling awful this week all because of the weather I'm sure. Yuck.

    2) Back the train up. YOU ARE A RUNNER!!! Don't say anything otherwise. I always fear the long run. Anything above 6 miles seems to freak me out.

    3) Hmm... I don't know! How bad is that?! Maybe that means I have been not running enough lately.

  3. 1) Ummm, you already know the answer to this. One-way ticket to San Diego, please.

    2) I second Holly - especially if that train is on its way to San Diego. I always did fear the long run and, to be honest, a little bit of fear is good.

    3) Sun and 60 degrees, Feetures socks, my Garmin, Sweaty Bands, Denali and, just lately, a good audiobook on my iPod.

  4. 1. We just had a bunch of snow today. Made for an interesting commute to work. I am VERY sick of winter, and am contemplating a move out West. Now if only my fiance would get on board with me!

    2. I'm not necessarily fearful of long runs. If I have recovered from an injury, I often get these "phantom pains" that mimic symptoms of an injury. I'm actually planning to write a post about phantom pains sometimes.

    3. I definitely need a decent pair of shoes that work for me, haha! I also love my iPod. Can't run w/o my tunes! I need to break in my new Garmin!

  5. 1. I am definitley sick of this dreary weather

    2. Sometimes I fear the big distances over 13. Im sure it will be even scarier once I move to marathon long runs.

    3. Garmin & Glide

  6. 1. You'll hate me if I respond to this question. (I live in New Orleans, after all.)

    2. Everyone dreads the long runs sometimes. But here's the trick... remember when you first started & 1 or 2 miles sounded insurmountable? I bet when you see 2 miles on your schedule now you think of it as an easy run. I try to think about how far I've come and this is just one more "tiny" mile. Getting company to distract you for all or part of long runs is another great way to make the time fly by.

    3. My road ID shoe pouch. (I hate having to carry my keys.)