RUN FASTER! LMC Employees Train for Governor’s Cup

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Governor’s Cup Road Race, featuring half marathon and 8K races in Columbia on November 13th. Our hospital enjoys events that encourage healthy lifestyles. Several Lexington Medical Center employees are training for the half marathon. We’re following two along the way. Between now and race day, our blog will bring you the stories of their training.

Here is the story of June Duggan, Anasthesia Services Manager at Lexington Medical Center and her latest blog post.

In five days I’ll be at the starting line of another half marathon. I must be half mad! This week I will hydrate and consume 150 to 300 calories every 2 to 3 hours. Protein bars, peanuts, fruit and cheese with crackers are usually a good choice. I will avoid caffeine, alcohol and excessive sugar or fat. I have survived two ten mile runs in the past month. The most recent was this past Saturday. I will limit my mileage this week and stretch, stretch, stretch. Sleep will be a priority as I try to get to bed on time. Thanks to daylight savings I get to sleep an hour late. I intend to arrive at the starting line rested, hydrated and full of glycogen. Unfortunately, I can’t do much about the runs I’ve missed. It is a 12 week plan. I’ve missed most of weeks 8, 9 and 10 due to the need to stretch, roll and ice something. The thought of dropping back to the 8K has crossed my mind. Then I ran on Saturday. I was a little concerned that after half a pizza and a beer for lunch I might not feel up to it. The stupid things you do when the frustration of not running finally gets to you. I ran anyway. I ran 10 miles virtually pain free. Wow! So that’s what that feels like. Maybe I should have saved it for next Saturday. Maybe I should repeat that dietary stupidity more often.
I began running, as a child, because I was too impatient to walk. I was going somewhere and running would take me there more quickly. I ran, as a teenager, to compete against other teenage girls who enjoyed moving. As a young adult, when I realized that staying in shape wasn’t going to just happen, I had another reason to run. I love to run. There isn’t a single good reason not to. Having a specific goal serves as a compass in the journey from week one to week twelve. Most training plans are twelve weeks long. My goal of 2:06:?? for the half marathon has been a palpable pace clock, if not a compass, for the past twelve weeks. Coming off of far too much rest and too little intensity, I’m shaking that compass to discern true North. My son tells me that running is mental. I would agree. He uses that mental fortitude to push through the pain to a 17:40 5K. He is 13. I’m 46. I use running to push through life to recover my mental fortitude. Yes, running is mental.

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