Since I was off work yesterday for Columbus Day, I decided to use the extra time to run 16 miles, per my marathon training plan.
I’m not going to lie, 16 miles didn’t happen. 10-ish miles happened, but not 16.
This is because I can’t determine what’s going on with my body. I mentioned a while ago that I was having pain in my left calf and didn’t know if it was an injury or not.
Well, I still don’t know the answer to that conundrum, but I do know that it still hurts – a lot, and all the time. Also, I have another nagging and consistent pain in my right groin. Ugh.
Neither pain is enough to keep me from running, but it is enough to make me nervous about pounding out 16 miles. By the time I finished 8 I was in agony.
The sad thing is that my endurance felt good and I really wanted to keep going.
What this means for my marathon, I’m not sure.
I’m still going to proceed with my training as best as I possibly can and I’m still going to participate in the race – I just might be walking a lot more of it than I had wanted to.
Hopefully, with lots of stretching, icing and smart training - both tender areas will feel better before race day and everything will be fine. I just don’t want to seriously injure myself, so I’m going to play it safe.
I promise to be back eventually with the conclusion on my depression series, but this week promises to be quite hectic and I don’t want to rush through it.
In the meantime, here are some random thoughts from my run yesterday.
Honey toast with fruit is a great pre-run breakfast, but it’s hard to eat enough to keep your energy levels up during a long mile run.
As a result, I’ve decided that I need to start playing around my during-run nutrition before the actual marathon.
Does anyone have any faves I need to try? I have been leaning towards Clif Shot Bloks, but I’m kind of over them now.
Honey toast is really, really good. I want more.
Dead butterflies make me really sad.
Dead spiders make me kind of happy.
Fuzzy caterpillars are cute, but a bit alarming.
Parking your car in the middle of the day in the middle of a grass field with your door open smoking a cigarette is quite creepy.
Running in a city with little to no sidewalks is frightening. I almost got hit twice by drivers not paying attention to the road.
Speaking of which, why are so many people not at work or in school? Is this normal?
26.2 miles is really, really far. I’m scared. What was I thinking? I kind of can’t wait for this to be over.
Yep, I’ve gotten to that point. Luckily(?) there are only 5 weeks until the marathon, and then I can be done with this goal!
When I finish this run, however far I make it, I’m going to eat a whole pizza.
What’s your favorite thing to put on toast? My fave used to be apricot preserves, but I’m in full on honey-loving mode right now.
How do you handle minor injuries?