Role Mother (and marathoner) Melissa is wrapping up the Half-Marathon Heart Rate Challenge and has been documenting it along the way. Here, she talks about what she'd do differently next time. (Check out her intro post, her first two-week check-in, full of run/walk/skip/stop/bend over combos, her thoughts on delayed gratification, her setbacks, and the ultimate motivation.)
We are nearing the end Wave 1, Amazing Half Marathoners and the light at the end of the tunnel is burning bright! We’ve done our EATs, our LRs, plenty of SCCCs (and about five other acronyms) and for many of us, race day is just around the corner! My race will be at the Happy Girls Half Marathon at the AMR Retreat in Spokane on September 24. I’m especially looking forward to cooler temps and lower humidity. That right there may be worth my six-hour flight to the Pacific NW.
But I honestly don't know if I'm ready. Basically, I’d like to confess to Jesus (and Coach MK) that I’ve been slacking on my heart rate training, and I’m well aware I’m gonna pay the price. Problem #1: The heat. Even runs that end up being walks because my face is practically melting off are leaving me completely dehydrated and totally wiped out, and unable to recover quickly enough to have anything in the tank for the next workout.
Problem #2: sleep, which I blame on the glories of mid-life hormonal changes and endless worry about my college kid. I have always been rock-star sleeper, but these days, I’m waking up around 2 - 3 a.m. and having a hard time getting back to sleep. And I am one of those mother runners who needs sleep like cereal needs milk; I just don’t work without it. Anyone know who the Patron Saint of Self-Care is? Because she needs to be in Spokane next month!
Despite my pain points, I’m gonna push through the last three weeks as best as I can. And then I am seriously considering starting this whole plan over around late October, when the temperature and humidity are more forgiving. As for the sleep issue, I’m going to need to do a little more research on what I can do to limit middle-of-the-night wake times. I can only imagine what a time-zone adjustment of three hours earlier at the AMR Retreat is going to do to my body clock. (If you see me and I say I need to go to bed at 6 p.m., don’t judge. And will anyone be up for a morning training run around 2:45 a.m.?)
Do you have any tips/suggestions for Melissa re: sleep? Let her know in the comments section below.