Saturday, February 2, 2013

Not Easy

As I end week 5 of Marathon training I am reminded that this is hard. Finding time is hard. Finding motivation is hard. Staying healthy is hard. Oh yeah, I forgot Marathon Training is NOT EASY.

My foot is my main concern. My planter fasciitis is rearing it's ugly head and after my runs I am hurting. I am icing and trying to roll my feet three or four times a day. I am currently trying to run 4 days a week. I am beginning to think that I may have to try running 3 days a week instead. My concern with this is that my weekly mileage may be too low? My long runs from here on out are LONG and building each week, so I should stay in in low 30's for mileage. Is this enough? My goal is to get to the Eugene start and finish line so I am hoping this may protect my foot a bit?

What do you think??

Today I was scheduled for 12 miles. It was low 30's when I left and the sun was shining.I was solo so I decided to take my water belt, phone and some FRS bites. I have used these my last three long runs and it has seemed to be easier on my tummy for those post run bathroom vists. It started well but then the hills and the wind decided to team up on me and it wasn't pretty. I seriously felt like my cheeks were flapping in the wind like a Great Dane. The wind whistled in my ears and it was apparent I was "going nowhere" quick. This killed my pace. Which caused multiple problems. One. I thought it would never end. I had to go 6 out to be able to finally lessen the pain and turn around and have the wind to my back. Two. I had a very short window to squeeze my miles in. I had to go right into cake decorating & party mode for seven 1st graders when I was done. So slower pace means...longer that I had planned. I mentally was not digging this run. I listened to my music and looked and listened for God. I was just sure he was going to provide a taxi or some type of relief. I thought more than once of calling for back ups. Well God never showed up in a taxi and the wind never died down. But that is ok. I survived. Even though I wasn't rescued from my "pain". I know God was and is with me always. Long runs can be just like never know how things are going to turn out. I just have to Keep On Keeping On no matter what. When I finally did turn around the wind seemed to shift directions and was blowing side ways. I don't know about you but when this happens I have a hard time running "right".

I was running about 15 minutes behind schedule so I had to call it at 11.75 miles. Normally I would have wanted to go squeeze in that .25 but today I was just thankful that I held on long enough to go 11.75. Happy to be done.

Most runs I enjoy. This run was not one of them. Kind of made me think of my life right now. This is definitely a hard time right now for our family. I have to take my hubby Monday to go check in for what will most likely be two weeks at the hospital for his chemo. He may get to come home for the weekend but I am not holding my breath. This means lots of traveling back and forth to hospital and dealing with sad kiddos missing and worrying about their Daddy. I am not enjoying this "chapter" of our lives. I am ready to get back on track. I ready for that GOOD run. The one where things all fit together. I have to hope and believe that relief is coming soon and we will be able to move forward. I know God works for all things for my good.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday. I will be cherishing a day with my family as well as celebrating Lovely L's 10th B-day! Double digits baby!!

P.S. Ran 102.75 miles for January! Thank you Marathon Training.


Jill said...

Great job getting the 11.75 in when it wasn't easy...those are the ones that count. Thinking of you always and praying for good things to come!

megan.vining said...

Way to persevere! Sorry I couldn't run with you!

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

Those tough runs have a purpose, I think< even if the really stink. Those are the ones that make us mentally tough. So great job on that run!!! Thinking of you and your family...


You are doing a great job, give yourself more credit for that. I think your mileage will be fine, during my first two marathons, I peaked at 38 miles/week. And only ran that far one week in each cycle.

Happy Birthday L!

Heather Iacobacci-Miller said...

Ugh, those runs make you tough though! Hate that feeling of running in place though. And with the PF, do you roll out your calves? I've been doing that with one of the rollers in my triggerpoint kit (it's smaller, really hard) and it's helping so much. I still have issues, but as long as I keep rolling, they aren't getting worse ;-)

Kerrie T. said...

Wind is the worst condition to run in. Good job getting through it!

When I did the Jeff Galloway marathon plan, I ran two 30-minute runs during the week and then one long run on the weekend.

You are doing great! Hugs.

Tasha @Healthy Diva said...

Have you looked at the Run Less Run Faster marathon training plan? I have my marathon PR from that plan and my highest weekly mileage going into race day was only 38 miles. It was 60 miles going into Eugene last year. Running 3 days a week might help you. The plan has a lot of time for rest and cross training. I have the book if you want to borrow it next time you are in town.

Despite the conditions, you still had a great run. Now rest up sweet friend. :-)

Anonymous said...

During my marathon training I ran mostly around 35 miles per week. Only one or 2 weeks were 40 or more miles. You will be ok with 30 miles/week as long as your PF is not acting up. I hope you feel better soon!!

Kris said...

Happy belated Birthday L!!
That sounded like a tough run but you made it through, great job Harmony!
You are doing well with your training and I wish I was on track like you with running.
You are doing phenomenal with what is going on in your life and although sometimes it feels like God is not there, He is. I have to remind myself of this daily.

Hebrews 13:5
"...because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

Love you sister!

Caroline said...

I have no advice on marathon training....but I admire you for going for this in the middle of this huge fight your family is are one tough lady!
I think about you a lot and I pray for you and your family.

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