I’ll just cut right to the chase, it was a rough week for marathon training and I have a lot of excuses for a shotty week of training. While I thought the recovery from the Dam Century Ride would be a piece of cake, being that I felt remarkably well on Sunday and Monday, my post century glory was abruptly halted by a UTI, bruised sit bones, fatigue and a new foot pain. Lesson learned …never underestimate the havoc a tiny little bike seat can wreak on one’s nether regions over the course of 100 miles! But before I digress into the TMI category here, let’s see how my week went down….
Monday: Coach HoHo said REST and rest I did! Even though I was really feeling well, aside from a sore tushie, I decided to take it easy with no running, no cross training and minimal unpacking. (Remember, we finally moved into our new house Wednesday of the previous week.) #swimminginboxes
Tuesday: 4 easy miles were on the plan but I had to settle for 3…. compliments of the beginnings of an irritating UTI. #cyclingprobs
Wednesday: Nothing…. other than more unpacking. By the end of the day, my legs and feet were aching and I kept feeling an intermittent pain in my foot reminiscent of an old stress fracture. While walking the dog or just walking around the house, every few steps, there would be a stabbing pain on the outside of my left foot. My first thought was …’seriously, I’m not even going to get past half marathon distance before I’m knocked out of marathon training??’ While still reeling from the century ride experience, I was also feeling like my marathon experience might be slipping away. Overwhelming fatigue was beginning to set in. #feelingdefeated
Thursday: After talking with Coach HoHo, we decided to skip the 4 mile progression run on tap, rest and hope to feel up for Saturday’s long run. So, what does a runner do when they fear an injury may be rearing its ugly head? Bake! Banana bread …with chocolate chips in their new fall themed mini loaf pan. #comfortfood
Friday: Regularly scheduled Friday lunch date with the hubs and more unpacking. I finally realized that I had been wearing an older pair of Newtons all week while walking the dog and working around the house and wondered if this was causing my foot pain. During the night, the foot throbbed all night long and I really doubted I’d be able to get my long run in the next morning. #butIlovemynewtons
Saturday: I woke up bright and early to crisp, cool, fall-like temps, low humidity and a renewed hope that maybe, just maybe, the foot pain would go away with the proper shoes. I pulled out the KT tape and put on my most cushioned pair of running shoes I own and set out for an easy 7 miles. The temps made my lungs happy and I felt like I could run forever! The felt good. It did start to ‘talk’ to me a little toward the end of the run but nothing out of the ordinary for me. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I’ve dodged a bullet. #fallisintheair
After a week of rest, a round of antibiotics, a few salt baths and some KT tape, I’m happy to say that I’m feeling better and hopefully back on track with marathon training. I’m learning, albeit a tough lesson, to respect my aging body, give it the rest it needs and appreciate all that it has done for me. After all, it has given birth to three beautiful children, carried me across the finish line of 9 half marathons, a century ride and thousands of miles running and cycling ….it deserves a little (cue Aretha Franklin here) ….. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
And that’s a wrap! I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap link where a bunch of goal-oriented, running-crazed, like-minded women support, encourage and hold one another accountable in all of our fitness endeavors. Be sure to stop by and visit these ‘fabulous’ ladies!
Do you feel like your body takes longer to recover the older you get?
Ever get knocked out of a training plan before you really got started good?
What is your favorite Fall ‘comfort food’?