I May Be a Kenyan In My Mind…But NOT In My Feet!

D was a snoring monster last night.  I slept like poo and it took me forever to fall asleep.  I’ve got Six Sigma on the brain (I’m currently doing my Black Belt and spent most of last evening studying), so I’m sure that didn’t help.
I went to bed by 815 last night – about a half hour past when I planned – but just couldn’t sleep.  D came in around 10, and I was asleep 10 minutes later.  I tossed around all night, and woke around 430.  Since my alarm was set to 445 anyway, I relaxed for a few and then got out of bed.  After coffee, I ate the tofu, squash, millet stew for breakfast.  I also experimented with a new mid-run fuel – FIG NEWTONS!  I had read that they’re perfect running food; easily digested and a good source of carbs.  D went to the store last night to make sure I had some.  Since it’s my last long run before the actual marathon, it was the last chance I had to experiment. 
I left aroun 6am and drove down to Final Kick.  I ran up Great Neck to VB blvd (5 miles), and back, so that knocked the first 10 off as planned.  I went down the trail just shy of 5 miles (it was becoming a hard to navigate mud fest), and did an additional little loop to W. Great Neck to get the extra mile in.  All told, I felt fine pretty much the whole time.  My stomach started feeling iffy around mile 16, but I don’t think it was the fig newtons.  Because of the cookies, I used less GU, which made me happy.  My upper legs protested some the last 2-3 miles, but overall, it went pretty well.  I also only used about half the water that I did when I ran my 19 miler, and I still felt fine.
Here is what is dismaying to me.  I’m not any faster than I was back in March, or November, or the previous year.  My times at the 13 mile mark (that’s sort of how I guage how I’m doing…against my previous half-marathons) is virtually the same.  D thinks I have a mental block about going faster and pushing myself harder.  I think he’s probably right, but I’m not exactly sure how to get past it.  I’m worried that my marathon is going to take me nearly 6 hours!  At this pace, that’s exactly what I’ll end up with, which is disappointing to me.  I’ve already proven pretty much that traversing a marathon distance is doable for me, so it’s not like I should be afraid of that.  Any ideas on this subject would be very welcomed indeed!
Tonight we’re doing a backyard movie night – Futurama.  The kids are also having a few friends over and a couple that D and I are friends with are also coming.  All told – 10 people.  I was going to make mexican food for dinner, but we had that for lunch.  I had a Moe’s veggie salad.  So…I’m making salad, lasagna, italian bread, (vegan) eggplant gratin, and some lemon rice.  Hopefully everyone will be happy with dinner.
I’m not sure I’m going to make it to the actual movie.  With as little sleep as I got and as early as I woke, I may end up excusing myself and going to bed.  I don’t think anyone will hold it against me! 

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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