November 28, 2010

Time, Tired, and T-shirts

Marathon training is in full effect in our house these days.  With my husband and I both needing to do our long runs on the weekends, we've had to figure out a schedule so that we can both get our runs done, then still have a good part of the day together with our boys.  So far, we've been able to make it work.  Mother Nature has been pretty good to us this fall and we've had some awesome running weather.  But, we'll see how it goes when the snow comes and the temps start to drop only giving us a certain number of hours during the day to run.  Brrr...I don't even want to think about it yet!
I think marathon training this 2nd time around is starting to take a toll on my body.  I don't know what it is lately, but my body is just tired.  I've felt it coming on the last couple of weeks, and this weekend was pretty much the tipping point.  I was supposed to do an 18 mile run.  I started off feeling good, but around mile 11, my legs just started feeling a little heavy.  I just wasn't feeling it, so instead of pushing myself to do 7 more miles, I stopped at 14.  Maybe I should have pushed through and done the total distance, but I just really didn't have the motivation to do it.  I finished my run and seriously felt like I had altitude sickness.  I was kind of loopy and felt like I could just fall asleep right then and there.  What is up with that?  I think I'm going to go easy on myself this week and hopefully I'll get my mojo back by the weekend.

I thought I'd take this time to talk about a really cool site called Family Fan Club (HERE).  Here's some information from their site about what they're all about:
FamilyFanClub is a small, privately owned company that creates and sells original endurance and multisport designs on quality apparel and gift items through the internet and race expos. We strive to deliver fun, creative products that celebrate support of athletic and fitness accomplishment.
If you take a look at their site, they have some really cool designs for a variety of sports, including triathlons.  One of their designs is what was used for the "Cheap Gear" button on the right side of my blog.  What I like about the site is that you can pick a design or personalize it according to the race or event you're doing or for someone you're supporting.  How cool is that?  Another cool thing, is that they just added the ability to print on performance wicking 100% polyester tech shirts!  Woohoo for tech shirts!
Oh, and as a side, I think it's hilarious that they have LOST shirts.  If you are one of my original followers, you know that I was majorly obsessed with the show LOST.   Ha ha!
Anyways, I am seriously thinking about making a shirt for me, my sister, and my husband for the PF Chang's marathon!  How fun would that be to wear the shirts during the marathon!?!  Or maybe I'll leave a hint for my husband to make cute shirts for my boys to wear during Ironman Arizona!?! :)

Have any of you ever gotten a shirt made for a special event you did or one you were a spectator at?  I just think it's such a fun idea!  

Anyways, I hope you all had a great weekend!  Thank you all so much for the awesome comments you wrote on my IMAZ post.  I loved reading through all of them and am so excited to be going through this crazy IM adventure with so many of you this year! :)


jojo88 said...

LOL I have to get the shirt that says "I see crazy people" to wear to an ironman. Who knows, maybe I'll sign up to volunteer at IMAZ and who knows what may happen after that.

Michelle Simmons said...

Ok laughing so hard at jojo88's comment!!

Kevin said...

Cool T-shirt site. I will check them out later today.


DRog said...

On board with you on the time and tired feeling rollin to this marathon schedule. At least you got your 14, I skipped my 22 altogether! I am planning to swim more in the next few weeks.


Teamarcia said...

I hear you on the marathon training fatigue! I swear it IS cumulative and its why I'm taking a rest (well somewhat).
I missed your IMAZ post--going to check it out! Exciting!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

For some reason marathon training is so much more tiring then HIM training? Weird because the HIM is like double the weekly hours?

I like the t-shirt site. tHey emailed me a few weeks back and I am thinking of using them for my Tri Club shirts!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

LOL at jojo88!!!! HAHAHA!!!!

I am thinking of making shirts for my posse at Rev3

Jon said...

When I was volunteering @ Lake Placid whole familys had identical bright colored shirts on. That way their athlete could find them. The shirt had a cool slogan on it like, "Go Iron Dave" or something like that, or "Team Iron Family."

I will be doing something similar.

When was your last Marathon? 5 weeks ago? Are you sure you are fully recovered from that yet? From what you are describing, your body isn't?

Melissa Cunningham said...

love the t-shirt site!
i had shirts made for one of my figure/fitness comps...

team cunningham fitness
show no mercy
no excuses
step up or shut up!

hope you start feeling less tired soon!!

Chad said...

Great shirts. Thanks for that link!

Kathy said...

I totally went through the dual-training household this summer when my husband and I were both training for our A races for triathlon and wondered how people do it (we have a 2 year old).
In the end we alternated days for the long bike ride/ brick - I got Saturday and he got Sunday - then fit the long run in when it worked on the other day. It wasn't ideal for having a life other than training and going to the playground, but it worked for a couple of months.

Running and living said...

I have to check the site. I should get the "I see crazy people" given what I do for a living (although I actually don't see crazy people, of course!). Hang in there with marathon training. Doing 2 in such a short period is tough, so it is normal to feel tired right now. Taper will be here shortly and then you'll rest and get into tri training, I bet you miss that!

Colleen said...

I think you made the right call shortening your long run. Your body was definitely telling you something! :) I admire you and the hubby for marathon training in the winter months!

We have made shirts for our family for the first three Ironman races. They still wear them to our races which I think is funny. They loved them.

Beth said...

I haven’t ever had a shirt made but I think having matching shirts for the three of you and the boys would be super cute!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Love the t-shirts site! The LOST ones were great!

As for being tired, I think it goes with the season. The short days and dark nights just make it hard to keep the energy levels up.

Cynthia O'H said...

Oh, I need a holiday so that I can catch up on my reading! Ironman? That's simply amazing! Yes, your boys definitely need spectator shirts for that.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Wow, I can't believe you're already into the 18-mile range just a few weeks after your first 26.2! I didn't run double-digits miles for 3 or 4 months after my first marathon. Listen to your body, it knows what's best! Hopefully you start feeling better very soon and can hit the pavement with plenty of energy again :)

Caratunk Girl said...

Marathon training KILLS me! Stay healthy there girl, get a massage once in a while, stretch well, and did I say stay healthy?

Love the T-shirt site.

Dawn said...

Aha! I wanted to get Tri Shirts for my kids and I for when we compete this next season:))
Rest. Running takes a toll. Marathon training must be tough...I've only done Trail training at half that distance so I am not even going to pretend to know how it feels...but I KNOW it takes a toll....
Listen to your body:) It's the best tell:))

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

What a great site!!!!
And stay strong with the training :) It sounds like you guys are doing so well!

Jill said...

It is really difficult to come off of one marathona and jump back into another, so do not feel alone. Rest is a better friend than pushing though it sometimes. You will get it, no worries, girl!!

Heidi Austin said...

yay for IMAZ! i kinda wish i signed up for another. as much as the training sux - it becomes addicting. hope all is well ! good luck with marathon training :)