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MARATHON Training - WK 1 Thoughts/Fears

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Well just as promised I started the new year off with the goal that I had in mind that has been in the making for about two years now - yes Sparkfriends, 2013 will be the year of the marathon. I'm excited for this! I selected a plan, Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 which is very reasonable and about 18 weeks. It started off slow - less mileage than I am currently doing but I am all about following the plan so I am following it pretty closely so far - of course I am only in the middle of week 2.

So, with the plan selected I did select a race...WOOHOO about this one! I was so excited that I will be doing the Long Island Marathon the first weekend in May. It fits perfectly with the plan and is close to home but not too close so that I can make this an adventure. AND more importantly this week I actually SIGNED up for this marathon. Which means this is REAL!


There is a slight issue with my plan which seems to be raining on my parade a bit and making me NUTTY

For the past ummmm, about 2 weeks or so, my left calf has been hurting. I web MDed this of course and I think I have an idea what is going on based on the pain...shin splints. YUP, that's what I think anyway. I have never had these before and if you never have consider yourself very lucky. They SUCK. It actually doesn't hurt when I run but afterwards it does. Now, like I mentioned since I am at the beginning of this training plan my mileage has been very low and I am only running 5 days a week which is reasonable for me. But I am concerned and rightfully so because I know d@mn well what this could lead to. Many of you may know as well so I am not even going to type it out as not to jinx myself.

Anyhow with this new found ailment I am trying everything under the sun to get better. I am resorting to more treadmill running since it hurts less than outside. I have been icing, wrapping, talked to my PT about it AND now this is where you know I have lost it...I invested in the Tommie Copper compression socks which costs a fortune as they claim to assist with healing shin splints. If you don't know what these lovely socks are I suggest you google them but I saw them on TV when Montel Williams was talking about them. I may have just been sucked into an informercial but I am desperate!

My next game plan for the week is to stick with the treadmill, for my long run which is still shorter than the runs I am accustomed to I will go outside for that. After that next week's schedule is a cut back week (which I love about this plan, they put those in every 3 weeks!). SOOOO, next week I am NOT running just cross training besides my one long run of 6 miles. I really do not think I will lose any fitness this way anyway. Hopefully with rest and stretching these things will go away.

* I HOPE *

I am worried. I am worried that I may have just wasted $70 on a race I cannot do. But I am not there yet. I am not throwing in the towel. I just have to wait and see but I am not feeling overly confident as we speak.

Anyhow, here are the stats from last week...

Week 1

Monday - rest
Tuesday - gym, cross train, did weight lifting routine from
Wednesday - 3M run outside, 16 degrees! 27:17
Thursday - 5M run treadmill, 7.1mph
Friday - 5M pace run treadmill, 6.5 mph
Saturday - 8M run, Providence Blvd, 9mins per mile
Sunday - 3M run, India Point Park, 28:12
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    OK, catching up. I would not worry. You have an excellent running base and the marathon is not till May. You could probably have surgery now and still be ready for a marathon in May!

    Two things to consider - buy some icy hot or ben gay and give your shins a good massage with that after running

    two - do you need a fresh pair of shoes? I always run in at least two pairs and rotate them so that I never run consecutive days in the same pair.

    OK, off to read your next blog!
    1894 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    I am SOOOO excited for you,...2013 will be the year of the marathon. That's awesome & inspiring!! As for you left calf... I hope the lower mileage & the compression socks help. I've heard great things about the socks. You could also try what NETTYBREAD the beginner schedule instead of the intermidiate. That may help. There's also aqua jogging if your in a real crunch!!! Just a few ideas.

    I know your going to ROCK this marathon!!

    1898 days ago

    So excited for you. True story... I started out injured with a nagging ankle injury and backed off a little last January and wasn't sure if I'd be able to do my May, Marathon. I ended up doing a beginning marathon plan instead of an intermediate and it all worked out perfectly. My ankle healed as I took it easier and my time actually improved. Bottom line for me was Less sometimes = More.

    Good Luck with all your training I will keep reading your blogs, so keep us posted. There are so many wonderful people out in Spark - Land and other places to help along the way.

    I think you GOT THIS!!!!
    1898 days ago
    You are being so smart. Rest! Wear compression socks! And enjoy all those training miles.
    1899 days ago
    Cute socks!! do what you gotta do-- but take it easy!! and I mean ur mind!!! One week at a time. You'll know what to do when the time comes. and you are doing everything RIGHT. Do not get ahead of yourself!!!
    a cut back week on marathon training?!?! LOVE HAL HIGDON!!!

    1899 days ago
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