So many updates! I finished and passed my very last Ph.D. course, we got the house on the market to move to another area of town, and I’m starting to ease back into running! Just a little running but it’s enough to keep me sane for now. 🙂
In even more exciting news, I’ve registered for another marathon. It’s an interesting experience, registering for your first marathon for the second time. The first time was filled with pure adrenaline and the excitement of “Wow I can’t believe I’m doing this! I’m going to run a marathon!”. The second time was more bitter sweet and hopeful. I really hope I can pull it off this time. I am also filled with an intense grit and determination to do this. Several people have asked me why I won’t just wait until the Twin Cities marathon in 2016. The answer is simple, I just can’t. I would rather train through sub zero temperatures, snow storms, slush and sleet that is Minnesota Winter instead of wait another whole year to have a chance to accomplish this. I only hope I’m not jinxing it by registering before I’m even fully recovered from this injury.
I picked the Delaware Marathon in Wilmington, DE. The reason I chose this race is simple – it’s a chance to return to where I grew up and see the city in a whole new light. I’ve learned that running through a city truly gives you a new perspective and I didn’t start running until years after I had moved away. My parents and grandparents live relatively close to there which will make it a fantastic family get-together as well. I had been looking at a few races but when I found this one, I had such a good feeling and knew it was the one. It’s a smaller race and I didn’t want to miss my chance so I registered. I registered for my first marathon, again.
I also just registered for a race in February (RNR Half Marathon – New Orleans)! I enjoyed the Rock and Roll Chicago so much and when I heard my BRF was running this one I just couldn’t pass up another girls weekend and fun race experience. 🙂
At this point I’m done with all races for 2015 and looking forward to complete recovery by the end of the year. I can’t wait to put my all into training for this awesome home town marathon. 🙂
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I had a really interesting epiphany today. And that is that if something hurts, you probably shouldn’t do it. Seems logical enough right? During this injury I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I hurt myself in the first place. And I did do this to myself which makes it all the more frustrating. There was no freak collision with a vehicle, no tripped in pothole, no rabid animal. Just me, overusing my ankle, repetitively slamming through the pain for almost three and a half hours. And so I’ve spent the last 6 weeks reliving that run trying to figure out why it happened and what I can do to prevent it. I know I pushed too hard – but why would I do that?
I was at the gym today doing some lunges with dumbbells. About halfway through the set I felt a really bad pain in my tailbone, almost like my spine was on the brink of shattering. This was definitely not a “just push through and feel the burn” kind of pain. It shouldn’t have been there and I had no business continuing. But I didn’t stop. I checked my form, decided that was fine and I should keep going. The only thought I had was “It’s fine, I’m almost through the set and then it will stop hurting”. And then it occurred to me. That is exactly how this ankle issue happened. And it’s exactly how the plantar fasciitis happened a few months ago, and it’s exactly how the exertion migraines happened with the weight lifting that landed me in the ER before that. It’s that concept of – this is okay because eventually I’ll reach my goal of what I want to do, and the pain will stop. What I’ve learned however, is sometimes the pain doesn’t stop. Actual damage is a real and present danger.
At any rate. Marathon training (even marathon training recovery) is still giving me powerful lessons. I didn’t finish all of the sets and did eventually stop the stupid lunges. When I started exercising a long time ago I had had trouble motivating and pushing myself and would phone in half my workouts. Then I learned to love pushing myself and loved finding continual improvement.
I’ve learned another valuable lesson today though, and that is when to pull back. When to check myself and realize I am human, and do have limits. It’s humbling, but it’s real.
Weekly video update – not much but still doing what I can. 🙂
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A few months ago I was focused almost exclusively on speed work in my running. In fact I think that it is probably one of the main mistakes I made in my downward spiral that ended with this injury issue I’ve been working through. I had wanted a fast-for-me marathon finish time for my debut marathon, but instead will now be sitting out completely; an option I didn’t even think was really possible.
At any rate, I’ve been doing what I can in the mean time to recover (video down below). The slower pace has some benefits too. Mostly, I’m spending a lot more quality time with my boys and with our dog. I’ve gone on several walks with my sons and last week my 9 year old biked 6 miles with me. It was a PR for him in distance! 🙂 He now wants to make it a regular thing we do together, which is so amazingly awesome. It’s been really great to get outside with them and get some exercise together. No, these low intensity family workouts are not going to earn me any medals or PRs. I don’t finish feeling sweaty and badass. However, these workouts are completely priceless. We’re spending quality time together moving, getting fresh air and talking about things away from the video games. So right now I’m working on this “slow work”, and plan to do more of it, even when I get back to training. I don’t need a medal to know we’re doing something good by staying active together.
What ideas do you have for family fitness? Always looking for more ideas to incorporate. 🙂
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After a short yet very painful run on Monday I realized this isn’t my marathon year. Letting go of something I’ve worked so hard for for 11 months is not easy. This injury has hurt in more ways than one. I spent a lot of time negotiating with myself and trying to find a way to just run it anyway without the training build up. After a lot of research and consulting with my coach I just don’t believe that is a healthy option for me at this point.
Once I realized that I was really out of the race, I had a week of what I will just call an adult (okay maybe not even that grown up) hissy fit. I wanted to run this marathon so badly. I had honestly been looking forward to this last month of difficult long runs more than the race itself and I never even got to run my longest distance in training. It sucks. Am I over it? Nope. But I’m definitely getting there. Here is a video recap of that decision, and a new (and probably smarter) plan for 2016.
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Women Rock is the first 10K I ever ran. I first ran this race in 2013 and it was the first event I ever trained for consistently. In 2013 the 10k was the longest distance I had ever run. It gave me the confidence to spontaneously register for and run a half marathon only a couple weeks later (didn’t train for it, but did survive and finish!).
Last year I ran the 10K again and beat my previous time. This year I wanted a new challenge and registered for the Women Rock Super Starlet Challenge. The challenge involved a night 2.5K race on Friday night, followed by a half marathon and a 5K on Saturday. My hope when I registered for this in December was to PR my half on this race. However, this time last week with my injury I was thinking I wouldn’t be running it at all.
In light of the injury I down graded back to the 10K along with the other races which would fulfill the Rock Starlet Challenge (minus the “super”) and still earn me 4 beautiful medals. My coach advised walking the 2.5k night race followed by walk run intervals on the 10K and 5k. Not wanting to ruin my chances at running the upcoming marathon, that’s what I did. And it worked! I finished the races, had fun with my friends and the ankle still seems to be on the mend at this point.
No race video on this one. I was really focusing on taking it easy and avoiding further damage.
I honestly thought at this point in the game I would be racking up the PRs and setting new records for distance. As it stands, I still have yet to run a distance PR through any of my marathon training at all. (My longest distance in training is the 16 miles I ran on August 16th which earned my injury. My longest distance ever is 16.86 miles I ran for a trail race in April.)
This struggle in the road to 26.2 is not what I was expecting at all. I was assuming I would work through scheduling issues with finding time for long runs and mentally pushing through exercising through long periods of time. Instead I am babying this ankle and am an emotional wreck due to my disappointment in myself with these injuries. I know this is causing major setbacks in my mileage in these remaining and very important final weeks.
But, it’s still an experience and I’m learning what to do and what not to do for next time, if there is one… we’ll see. 🙂
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News flash! Marathon training is hard! This week has been especially difficult because I haven’t done anything. One might think that a week off of running would feel good after so much running. Far from it. I have been loving the increase in mileage and miss it very much. I’ve had to take the week off due to an ankle injury. Specifically peroneal tendonitis. My friend Scott explains it well here:
In talking with my orthopedic surgeon, this happened from the combination of increasing my mileage and also changing my form. I had been a solid mid foot runner until late last November when I did some research, read some books and figured fore foot running was the new awesomesauce and so I need to do it. I completely changed my form and specifically my foot fall. This was okay for the first few months but now that I’m running higher mileage it’s impacting me in a negative way. So the new focus is now rehabbing this ankle injury, getting back into shoes that I know work (hello Asics!) and getting comfortable with my comfort zone which is the mid foot running again.
I honestly thought marathon training was going to be difficult due to just the sheer volume of extra miles and time on the road. I was not anticipating any injury (I’m lucky to be a pretty healthy person). I was also not anticipating the need to find this special combination of things that work. And there is a LOT of experimentation that goes in to this. Nutrition, shoes, hydration, socks, speed, form, the list goes on.
And, Summer is almost over. I decided I wanted to run this marathon last October. I’ve been working on and dreaming of this for a year. I still need to get this ankle functioning again, find the perfect combination of everything, and finish building up my mileage.
6 weeks. I can do this. Right?
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Marathon training continues! Here is a recap of this week’s workouts and another video on running shoes. I will keep it short here today. Most/all of my social media time this month is devoted to project #ZenVEDA (vlogging every day in August). If you’d like to see the videos, I invite you to check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9h2ufxKuGBQb9a1EXMldOA 🙂
Oh, and check out this neat virtual race at the end of the month! You’re all invited to join if interested. And it’s free! 🙂
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