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Pity Party

15 DAYS.

 

That’s the last time my feet have felt the loving caress of my running shoes. The last time I felt the beat of my iPod playlist.

 

Did I give up on my dream to run a marathon? Heck no. But apparently my hip/buttock/lower back needed a break. This is the same problem that I had attributed to running in new shoes but this time I’m 100% sure that this is just because of my lackluster musculoskeletal system. This wasn’t even running/workout strain related. This was an “ugh-my-back-sucks” related injury. It hurt to bend and stretch my hamstrings. A very dull and constant pain made worse when lifting my knee to hip height or doubling over. Pinched nerve? Muscle fatigue? Adrenal gland fatigue? Who knows?

 

Luckily, the pain has finally passed and I can run again! No. Wait. I can run again as soon as my husband returns from his military obligation. Soooo… On Sunday, I can run again! This week has just not been going my way. Weather ruined my plans of driving to see family in Florida which also meant I would not be picking up my new to me treadmill. ***shakes my fist at the heavens***

 

So for the next few days I’ll do some upper body workouts and ease my body back into running. I was doing so well with my mileage and now I feel like I’m back at mile one. I may even purchase some new gear to make me all excited again and put this pity party to rest! Saying extra prayers tonight that nothing like this will happen in the month leading up to the marathon!

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Thanks to the long holiday I’m a little late on this post.

 

Monday: 7.02 miles (1:25:12 time/12:08 pace)

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 2.01 mile easy day (21:16 time/10:35 pace)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: XT playing for an hour with my son at the playground (trust me I was running and climbing too)

Saturday: XT racing, climbing at the playground with my son part 2

Sunday: Rest

 

Yes, I should have run this past weekend, but I was enjoying family time and watching my son run with high knees through the grass. He was born to be a runner. I say “ready, set, go!” and he takes off with no particular direction or plan. It’s hilarious.

 

P.S. The Survival Strap Military Care Package has been sent out to a random warrior. Thank you to GG for participating.

Last we left off I was getting over the plague a couple days of the flu with some residual throat soreness. I milked my illness recovery as long as I could without making my body feel like I had given up my training entirely.

 

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: sore throat is gone! Abs & Stretching

Friday: 4.07 mi (54:26 time/13:22 pace)

Saturday: 5.01 mi (52:01 time/10:23 pace)

Sunday: Arms & Abs

 

So yeah. Total mileage was 9.08 miles. Not what I should be at in this stage of the game but after factoring in being sick, I figured I bounced back pretty well. I can’t wait to get my treadmill soon because I’d like to be a bit more consistent with my pace. I’m all over the place. If I can maintain that 10:23 pace for my longer distances I’d be happy. I think tempo runs and 800m repeats are in my future. Don’t be jealous.

I feel like this training is going quickly. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. And I’ve definitely learned a thing or two along the way.

  1. I’m no spring chicken. I am not in grade school, high school, or even college anymore. I cannot have the expectation that I can pick up where I left off. I need to embrace this new stage where I am capable of a whole new level of athleticism.
  2. Building up mileage is a process and even if it is a beautiful day out I need to be aware that adding too much mileage in one run puts me at risk for injury and then feeling discouraged. Do not sabotage yourself.
  3. Listening to my body is important. I know the difference between soreness and pain. New runners often don’t. If an ailment makes you limp after a run it’s probably safe to say that you should take some complete rest days or replace a run with a very low impact cardio workout. You are not weak for making a sound decision to protect the hard work/mileage you’ve already accumulated.
  4. There are some days I just don’t have the energy to go for a run. It’s not just that I’m feeling lazy and I tell myself “Nah, I’ll put off my workout for today.” It’s when I only got a few hours of decent sleep or when my son is extra demanding of my energy (he’s an energy vacuum). If I can’t remember where I just put my phone when I had it in my hand just 5 minutes ago it’s probably not going to be a good run. Unless I can manage a nap. Then it’s game on!

So last I left you all, I made a comment about a certain aching in my backside. I took it very light the following runs and my LSD went perfectly.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 25 min arms & shoulders

Wednesday: 2.16 mi (25:48 time/11:56 pace) injury prevention

Thursday: 1 mile (9:25) timed mile with 800m warm up & 800m cool down

Friday: core workout

Saturday: 2 hr walking around Strawberry Festival

Sunday: Rest

 

So yeah, a pitiful 3.16 total miles, but now I have absolutely zero pain. Totally worth it. I decided due to the weather to pass on my LSD on Sunday and complete it the following day. It was a judgment call and it didn’t turn into a multiple day break so I stand by my decision. We as a family will be out of town this weekend so I imagine I’ll get an opportunity to run on a treadmill at a hotel. Can you feel my excitement? Or at the very least can you feel my sarcasm?

Week two? Already? It so doesn’t feel like 14 days of training. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I’ll let you know. Here’s what my week looked like:

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 3.85 miles (45:30 time/11:49 pace)

Wednesday: 4 miles (46:07 time/11:31 pace)

Thursday: Leg workout (squats w. kettlebell, lunges, calf raises)

Friday: Core workout (planks, crunches)

Saturday: 1.92 miles (21:08 time/11:00 pace)

Sunday: 5.43 miles LSD (01:07:16 time/12:23 pace)

 

If you have taken note of my original training plan you can tell that I’ve tweaked it a little already. I decided that long slow distance days are incredibly necessary for my training. So every Sunday I will do a long slow distance, increasing mileage ever so slowly. This will be my only day to concentrate on mileage rather than time spent running. My pace will (hopefully?) improve as my training progresses and while I’d love to finish the marathon in 4 hours or less (that equates to a 9 min pace) I’ll just be happy to make it through without the pace van taunting me from behind.

Since today is my rest day I will enjoy being lazy… and by “being lazy” I mean “taking care of a toddler, doing laundry, & continue unpacking.” I’m hoping all my fellow 1st time marathoners are doing well and are injury free. Keep it up!

Marathon training week one recap

My marathon training is not off to a good start. I ran on Monday and Wednesday. I was supposed to run for 30 minutes of Friday and then at least 5 miles on Sunday. Those last two training runs just did not happen. I wasn’t happy about it. Moving into a new place just took up too much time and energy. While I didn’t have to carry a lot of heavy items. I was the one that packed and unpacked the majority of our belongings which meant repeatedly bending at the waist. Needless to say my lower back really took a beating and I didn’t feel it was wise to run with a sore back. I do however consider it all a form of exercise at the very least. My cardio for the weekend consisted of many trips up and down stairs. If I’m ever in a pinch for a workout running up and down our staircase for 20 minutes might do the trick. It seems that whenever I’m downstairs I always need something that I left upstairs and vice versa. Murphy’s law seems out to get me lately.

Well, lesson learned. Do not start a marathon training the same week you move to a new place. There’s still some packing and unpacking to do while we’re transitioning fully from the old homestead. My training for week two will still be the same since will be 2 days of running for 30 minutes and 2 days of running for 45 with a core and shoulders/arms workout thrown in for good measure. I may throw an extra 45 minute run in there if I’m feeling guilty for skating on week one’s schedule.

Should I just forgive myself for not doing my intended miles or push myself a little extra this week to make up for lost time/miles?

MCM training week one

Two posts in one day! Must be your lucky day!

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Looking back on my self-made training plan makes me feel… well, nauseous. But after the nausea subsides I feel encouraged. I have a plan. That is fact alone is consoling.

Let’s see what’s in store for me this week.

Run 30 minutes for 3 days and 45 minutes 1 day. Weightlifting/cross-training to engage core 1 day.

This week is also when we move from our apartment to a townhouse. So I think it’s safe to say that my cross-training will consist of lifting heavy objects with many, many repetitions.

Monday: Run 30 minutes.

Tuesday: Run 30 minutes.

Wednesday: Concentrate on stretching. Maybe some yoga?

Thursday: Run 30 minutes.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-train/Moving day!

Sunday: Run 45 minutes. (Goal is to run at least 5 miles.)

This schedule may change just because the day we move our big furniture may switch days due to weather. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome right? I’m going to see how my schedule feels on my body. Maybe I’ll find a professionally made training plan. Maybe I’ll call up my old college cross country coach and see what he recommends. Basically what I’m saying is that I don’t know what I’m doing. There is a small chance that my brain is convinced I’m in the same shape I was in when I was doing track and cross-country in my younger days. Basically, I have an outline and I’m just going to do the best I can. My goal is to run 4-5 days at an easier pace and do at least one long run a week. This is my minimum. I’m going to listen to my body and if I need to change things up to avoid monotony and injury I definitely will. Just because my plan calls for 120 minutes of running doesn’t mean I can’t do 120 minutes of repeats or a tempo run or a hill workout.

I’ll let you know how this all went at the end of the week. Plus look for a review on my brand spankin’ new GPS watch!

If anyone out there has a training plan that worked well for their first marathon feel free to pass the link along!

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