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Road To The NYC Marathon: The Derailment – Week 10 Recap

by Nellie

The derailment.

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.IMG_4964

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.IMG_4986

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. IMG_5022

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.

More posts on the Road to the TCS NYC Marathon

More posts to on my marathon journey:

Road To The TCS NYC Marathon: This Is Tough! Week 1 – 3 Training Recap

Road To The NYC Marathon: Making It Happen – Week 4-5 Recap

Road To The NYC Marathon: Struggle City – Week 6 + 7 Recap

Just Keep Pushing, No Matter What.

Road To The NYC Marathon: Vacation Miles – Week 8 + 9 Recap

Have you had any derailments in your life lately? How was your fitness and nutrition week?

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Allie September 18, 2015 - 6:12 am

I’m so sorry to read this but, unfortunately, this is how marathon training goes sometimes. I’m a little worried about the “zings!?” Are you going to get checked out? And yes, take your time with the 18-mile tune-up race. SO wish I could run that with YOU…and the other couple thousand runners 🙂
Keep your head UP and reach out anytime…

Janine Huldie September 18, 2015 - 6:56 am

I hope you are OK and seriously feel terrible reading about your injury. But I do understand having the kids going to school in the morning and not getting as much done now sadly. Also, having them off for the Jewish holidays from school has been a bit hard here to get much done. So totally feeling your pain on this. Hoping you are feeling better now and sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

Janelle September 18, 2015 - 8:17 am

Are you seeing a doctor about your leg pains? It may be something to look into. So sorry you’ve had a rough week. Marathon training is hard enough as it is! Hopefully everything will work out!

Kimberly G September 18, 2015 - 8:30 am

I love that you are sharing both the good, and bad, about marathon training. I know that a few other runners have talked about the fact that the morning runs are harder now because of the dark. I personally could not run in the dark alone as I’m way too paranoid. This is why I’m kind of happy that I actually dont hate the treadmill lol.

On days that you have shorter runs – (3-5 miles), could you run during lunch time? I know it’s not ideal, but then you could still have your mornings with the boys.

judy September 18, 2015 - 8:30 am

As much as it sucks, it really is ok to miss a long run. I know I only run halfs, but for one I was so sic I had to miss 2 of my long runs. I had never missed a long run before. I was devastated & freaked out.

In the end, it was ok.

My mornings are unfortunately really busy with the animals so I never get to run when I’d really like to (like when I’m out walking the dogs).

Somehow, we make it work & I know you will!

Stephanie Suire September 18, 2015 - 8:40 am

I can totally relate, marathon training can be so defeating at times. I would also recommend seeing a sports med doctor/chiro about your leg pain. Don’t sweat missing one long run, but focus on getting better for the next few weeks. As for weekday runs, I would cut back to 4-6 miles and get it in at lunch or after work (even if that means treadmill). Good luck!

Tamara September 18, 2015 - 12:40 pm

What are the “zings”? I hope they’re something quick and fast-healing. As for getting up before 8:00am, I’m no fan. Can you imagine me trying to fumble through one of your mornings? I’m so impressed!

Aliah September 18, 2015 - 3:41 pm

I’m concerned about your leg pains but I know you will power through. You are such an inspiration and despite all the curveballs, you are going to rock this marathon. You motivate me so much…thinking of you, Nellie!

Kita September 18, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Derailments are a part of life. I have learned that I have to bloom where I am planted and not all things will work out how I want it too. Push forward and do what you can but don’t fret over it because you still rock. Good Luck!

Leslie September 21, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Take care of yourself Nellie! I hope you’ve gone to see a doctor about those pains. And make sure you go to a sports medicine specialist. The Husband has found that general practitioners don’t really know how to handle sports injuries. Not doing your morning runs may be better for you in the long run…but I hope you get plenty of time with your boys, too. {{Hugs}}


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