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There are only six weeks left until the big race. SIX! I cannot believe how close my first marathon is. The past 12 weeks since I first started my training have flown by, and with today being the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year, I’m sure that the next six weeks will fly by even faster.
Up until this past week, my body seemed to be holding up pretty well with marathon training. Until we left for vacation at the beginning of August, I had been pretty much on track with my training plan, and then as I mentioned last week I reduced my mileage a bit while we were away, although I stayed plenty active doing other activities. I felt great last Saturday when I ran 14 miles, and then on Monday I felt like my body really started to fail me.
It started with pain in my left knee, an area that I’ve never had issues with. (Its my right ankle that I’ve had problems with since I was a child, and why I wear an ankle brace when I run, and my main injuries from my car accident in 2015 were contained to my lower back.) But then on Thursday my left foot also started hurting. Again, an area of my body that hasn’t really ever bothered me before. I knew that my running shoes were in dire need of replacement before we left for vacation, but I didn’t want to have to worry about breaking in new shoes while we were away. So worn out shoes, coupled with more than usual treadmill running over the past couple of weeks, I’m sure are the main culprits thatt led to my recent aches and pains. Hopefully the pain will start to go away for good, since with Chicago right around the corner I don’t have time for any long term injuries.
On Monday I headed back to work after an incredibly short summer (our break this year was only seven weeks!). After a full day at school, I headed to the gym and felt strong during my progression run. I ran five miles, completing my last mile in 8:56. I felt fine as I stepped off of the treadmill, but unfortunately shortly after I arrived home was when I started feeling the pain in my left knee.
On Tuesday my knee was more sore than painful, so I walked to daycare to pick little man up that afternoon. The pain really kicked in as we neared home, and the pain was even stronger while I did some strength training. I had to stop lower body exercises altogether because my knee hurt so badly.
I saw my chiropractor on Wednesday, and in addition to my routine adjustment he did quite a bit of work on my knee. I left the doctor’s office with instructions to take it easy and to listen to my body.
On Thursday, I opted to skip my planned run since I was still experiencing some pain, though it was feeling a lot better than it had the two days prior. Instead, I did cross training on the elliptical at the gym. My knee didn’t hurt any more afterwards than it had when I started, so I took that as a good sign that I’d be able to do a long run on Saturday. After the elliptical, I also did 30 minutes of weight training. I was super careful with the few lower body exercises that I did, and spent much more time focusing on abs and upper body exercises.
In hopes of being able to my long run on Saturday, Friday was a complete and total rest day. After a long week of back to school meetings and working on my classroom, a rest day was exactly what I needed.
Saturday’s long run was…interesting. I had 16 miles on my plan, which I knew was not going to happen, not only because of my knee but also because I had to take little man with me. Prior to this past weekend, my stroller PDR was just under 9 miles, so I knew that 16 miles was completely unrealistic. I set out to run 100% based on feel, partly because of the stroller, partly because of my knee, and partly because I made the silly decision to break in new running shoes that morning. I decided to run using 3:1 intervals (3 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking) instead of my usual 4:1 intervals that I do on my long runs. My knee wound up feeling okay throughout the run, I was able to push myself to 10 miles with the stroller, and it wound up being the new shoes that had me stopping at 10 miles. Around mile 6 I felt what I thought was just a hot spot on my right heel, but less than a mile later stopped to adjust my sock to realize that not only had I gotten a blister but that it had also already popped. Thank goodness there was a grocery store on my route that morning, and just past mile 8 I ran into the store for both a pit stop and to buy some band aids (thank goodness I had money on me!).
After buying a box of band aids I sat on the sidewalk outside the grocery store and put one on my heel, but the damage had already been done. I very slowly pushed myself to run an additional two miles, and after that I was done (my upper body was also quite sore at this point from running with little man). We still had at least two miles to go before arriving back home, which I walked. A couple of times I contemplated taking my shoes off, putting them in the stroller basket, and walking home in just my socks. Before setting out for the run I had told myself that I’d run as far as I could and then walk the rest of my planned miles, but at 12 miles I had to throw in the towel for the day. The shower that I took after arriving back home was quite painful for my poor heel.
Needless to say, Sunday also wound up being a rest day. It hurts to have a band aid on my open blister, let alone a shoe. I have no idea how this coming week is going to go, so I’ll be taking things one day at a time.
Total Weekly Mileage – 23.16 miles (6.45 miles less than week 11)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 323.75 miles
QOTD: What recent setbacks have you faced with your training?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.