I didn’t write a Weekly Wrap last week because, quite honestly, I was just frustrated with my training …or lack thereof. Yes it was time to taper and I was fine with that. However, due to my foot issue, I’ve done more than taper …I’ve pretty much been on the bench. Will it have negative effects on my performance come race day or will all the extra rest be the perfect recipe for my first marathon debut? Only time will tell, but I’m leaning toward the perfect recipe! Positive thoughts bring positive results, right?
So what have I been doing the past two weeks? Well, there were 3 runs …yep, three less than stellar runs. A couple of days after my podiatry appointment, I went out for an easy 4 miler to test out the foot. This went fairly well, a little pain but nothing that I couldn’t tolerate. The following Sunday I attempted to run 14 miles. After about 9 miles, it became clear that my foot was just not ready for long distance and I stopped at 11.5 miles. I decided to refrain from running the next week altogether. On Saturday, I gave in to the running itch and my curiosity to know if my foot was improving. The warm temps and sunshine was the perfect setting for 8 miles …there was still some intermittent pain but for the most part, this was a huge improvement over last week’s run. I’m remaining optimistic though.
To fill in the exercise gaps, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the indoor trainer with Lexi, at the gym with the rower and on the foam roller. There was even a fun little challenge with Major Hubs at the gym …best two out of three on the rower, stair-mill and air bike. Gotta keep things interesting, especially when you’re tapering!
However, I have to say that Rachel’s Burpees, Planks & Push-Ups Challenge has literally saved my sanity over the past couple of weeks …it just couldn’t have come at a better time. It has, not only, kept my mind off the fact that my running has been off, but has given me daily goals and improved strength. Over the past two weeks, I have completed 220 burpees, 22 plank minutes and 220 push-ups! As someone who has always considered burpees my arch nemesis, I never thought I’d say this ….but, “Thanks for the burpees, Rachel!
As I’m sure most of you have experienced, I’ve been somewhat of a bundle of nerves this past week. I’ve been thinking about every ‘what if’ scenario that could possibly happen on race day and trying to mentally prepare for them. (Read all about my Marathon Woes, if interested)
Just in case you are beginning to secretly call me Negative Nelly, let me assure you that my mind has not been totally consumed with negative thoughts ….I’ve also been working on an energizing playlist, a couple of encouraging mantras for those tough miles and picturing myself crossing that finish line with arms in the air and fists pumping! My journey to 26.2 is almost complete ….it’s time to rest, fuel and hydrate. Then on Saturday morning, I will take a deep breath, get to work, enjoy the good miles, embrace the suck of the tough ones and relish in my accomplishment. I will be a marathoner.
…..and that’s a wrap! Thank you all for the support and encouragement throughout this journey. It has carried me through the past 20 weeks and I have no doubt that it will carry me through 26.2 miles on race day.
I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. Please stop by and visit these fabulous ladies and all the other ladies linking up. You truly will not find a more supportive group of women to help keep you motivated on this crazy, yet fulfilling fitness journey.