As much as I would love to tell you how amazing things have been with my marathon training–the fact is–things have been going extra crappy lately. I wanted to tell you how great I felt, how incredibly my long run was and how FINALLY after all these weeks–I was settling in.
Unfortunately, it is quite the opposite.
I knew things would be a bit crazy because I had been traveling so much, but even through the travel I had blocked out specific days and times when I could run. However 2 things unexpectedly screwed up my perfect plans:
1) An injury
2) I can no longer run at pre dawn–before 5am on the weekdays.
Let’s start with the first shall we?
A few days before I arrived in Baltimore, I started feeling shooting pains up my legs. It would happen randomly–I’d be sitting down at work and zing a pain would shoot up from my ankle to my knee. Then magically just that fast it was gone. I paid it no mind and went for an insanely stunning run on the Baltimore Harbor on 9/11. I felt pretty good, the air was nice and crisp, and the water…the water was just awesome.
However for the rest of the day the zings came faster and more frequent–this time in both legs. I was able to walk just fine but when I stayed still the pain was there, reminding me while I was learning all the things at Blogalicious that something was wrong.
I left Blogalicious early because I knew I had a huge 16 miler to make happen on Sunday. I woke up really really tired, but I disregarded it and put on my running gear. I kissed the kids goodbye and set off to do my training run around my neighborhood at 7am. The weather was perfect (mid-sixties), I was wearing my favorite most comfortable running gear, I had my yummy Clif Shots and Sports Beanz packed away in my flipbelt and I left the house.
I didn’t make it one mile.
It was like the zings had multiplied. Add to that the NO energy and I had to turn around.
I was devastated.
I felt so sorry for myself. How could I miss such a critical training week? It was a terrible combination of over exhaustion from traveling so much in 2 weeks and the weird phantom pains in my legs.
2) No more AM runs
Since my two boys are now back in school, we are back to having to leave the house at a VERY early time. Both boys need to be dressed and ready to go by 6:30am. We get up every morning at 5:10.
To add insult to injury (see what I did there?) it has gotten increasingly darker due to the weather change. I consider myself a tough cookie but running outside in the dark, finishing my training run, and STILL coming home in the dark is a bit much–even for me. It’s a safety issue because the track has no floodlights (just other people and a little light from the stores), and really my nerves are a wreck most training days trying to stay aware of any creepiness happening in the shadows.
To combat all of this crazy my husband suggested that I get up real early (4:30am) take the bus or a cab to the gym and get my miles done and go straight to work from there. Not my ideal strategy because I really, really love getting ready with the boys in the morning. Sigh.
I am working hard to keep positive about all of this, the notion of the race still excites me, I still feel convicted to complete this race, however, the next 6 weeks or so leading up to the race are going to be really really difficult. This Sunday I have a 18 Mile Tune Up with NYRR which will be cool because I don’t have to worry so much about carrying my water bottle and finding port-o-potties. I’ll get to do my longest run ever with a couple thousand of my closest friends that are training for the same race I am. I am SO nervous but I know I can complete it. I will take it easy, but I will finish.
I will get this train back on track.
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