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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 9 Complete

What a day! It was so gorgeous out that we planned to take a flight for lunch to somewhere new so we went to the Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO to check out the area. It was a great flight!

We went to lunch at a place called City Grill. We had blackened tilapia sandwiches with fries, and it was very good! After some driving around we headed back and flew home.

As soon as we got back we got ready for our long runs. I had 16 and Rob had 13 to do. Within the first 4 miles my stomach started to feel gross. I’ve had an upset tummy on a long run before so I figured it was just going to annoy me and nothing more. Well…just at 7 miles my stomach was NOT good. I barely made it home for an emergency pit stop. I knew the only way to save my run was to finish on our treadmill so I would have a bathroom option right away. I had awful stomach aches and had to stop again in 2 miles. The bouncing of running was unbearable. I was done. I had to lie down and rest and eventually felt a little better.

I think this is something that I did to myself unknowingly. According to the many links I found on the subject there are a few places things that could have went wrong today. I had a lot of diet coke at lunch. I love the stuff and we don’t keep it in the house so when I get it out somewhere I tend to drink way too much of it. Especially if it’s free refills. Additionally, I was notably dehydrated. I had commented how I should have drank water cause I was feeling dehydrated during the flight home. And throw in our lunch and I guess it was the perfect storm. Normally our long runs are done in the morning, but there are times where we do them later in the day and I need to keep better mind of my hydration and food for the day than I did today. I hope that is all it is and can be corrected before my next long run, which is 20 miles. I guess it’s better to get this lesson now than during a race or when I’m training away from home, but it is frustrating because my body felt good otherwise and I was ready to have a good 16 miler. Another time I guess.

I tivoed the women’s marathon world championships and got to watch it. I was sad for Kara that she got 10th and it appeared that the race wasn’t going well for her.

Here is how my training week went:
M: Bike 9 Miles (P1, L5, 18mph), Abs, Arms and Chest
T: 7 Miles Tempo (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:12 pace w/3 @ 8:00)
W: 6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1-1.5% incline, 8:36 pace)
R: Rest
F: Bike 8.6 Miles (Hills, P3, L5, 17.2mph), 6 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 8:53mph)
Sa: .67 Miles Easy (Warm Up, 9:13 pace), 5K Race (7:33 pace, 1st AG, 2nd OF)
Su: 6.98 Miles Long (‘Hood, 9:12 pace), 2.02 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:43 pace)

Total Running Miles: 31.77