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MARATHON 3 Training WK8 - Struggling

Saturday, August 02, 2014

What a week I tell ya! Glad I made it through but not my finest week of training...

The main reason for my overall tone is due to my lackluster long run today. On the menu was 16 miles. I decided to do it on the bike track nice and early this morning. Everything was going along fine in the beginning but it was hot and humid. It was threatening to rain all morning long and the humidity just sucked the life out of me. It was okay for awhile, I even saw a baby deer which I thought was a fox but thankfully it wasn't! The deer ran towards me, then turned around, ran in the same direction as me - the deer beat me, those things are fast! and then froze which scared the crap out of me! Wildlife and I do not get along. So, on the bike path I figured I would follow it for 8 miles down and then come back 8 miles. I wasn't sure how far from my house I would have to go until I made 8 miles but before long I lost track of the distance and I had gone about 9.5 miles. And I did not feel very good. The humidity was really killing me and I was starting to really go through all of my fuel belt drinks - I brought 4 containers filled with Nuun and water and two Gu Gels. The rain was trickling down ever so slightly and by the half marathon mark I was losing steam. At 13.42 miles I let out a groan...and walked. I HATE that!! By this time I was out of water and it was hot. I was seriously tempted to go to one of the houses that border the bike path and ask for a drink! I felt as though I was defeated, so I walked and ran the remaining mileage which gave me a sh!ttty finish time and made me feel sh!ttty, I should have pushed through, it was not that much further...

But this has been the theme of my training week. On Monday my big toe and my second toe on my right foot got into a fight and the big toe lost! Instead of just fixing my socks, shoes or feet I kept running for 8 miles on my treadmill and by the time I was done, the damage was done. This is gross but my second toe ripped off the skin on the side of my big toe. EWWWW, it was a mess so I have been using super duper bandaids all week to try to fix my toe situation. It is starting to feel somewhat better but it made for a painful week.

Then on Tuesday during my 4 mile run I forgot to hit my Garmin so I could not accurately track my distance. No biggie for some people I suppose but for me this throws me off, especially when I wake up at the crack of dawn to get my runs in before work, time is not to be wasted!

On Thursday I decided to really test my strength and did a very hilly route for 8 miles. I was pretty pleased with my performance until my toe felt trashed and my quads hurt for today's run, probably not the best idea for weeks in which my runs are long and I need my strength but on a positive note, I am hoping that challenging myself in this way will lead to a better race day.

So, the moral of the story is...this was not my week. But I am not giving up! Next week will be hard because mentally I will have to overcome all of the crap from this week. But I am still in it! When I walked home today for 2 miles since I went too long on the bike path, I had a lot of time to think. First my stinkin' thinkin' reared its ugly head and I started to question why I was even running a marathon, who likes running anyway??!! AND if I felt in pain now, I would surely be in pain on marathon day. But then I got over myself and felt proud that I woke up once again on a Saturday morning and did my thing. Nothing to be ashamed of. I may not have felt 100% but this week but I gave it 150%...and THAT's what's up!

Monday - 8M treadmill pace run, 6.6 mph
Tuesday - 4M, 3M run finished in 26:53, not sure about time on remaining mile
Wednesday - 4M, 7mph treadmill
Thursday - 8M, 72:28 hilly route outside
Friday - gym day
Saturday - 16M dismal run, 2:34:53
Sunday - off

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    Hey Crystal,

    Congrats on pushing through in the hard times. As runners, we get very caught up in being able to track everything, but that's because it helps us be able to understand our progress. To date, I've never seen anything stop you - you've been like a runaway freight train. Remember the Little Engine ......I think I can, I think I can....and remember that at the end his mantra was I thought I could, I thought I could....keep chugging along :-)

    1194 days ago
    It's the hard weeks that prepare you for the big day! If you can push through it in training, you know you will be able to do it at the marathon! FWIW, I always found 16 mile runs to be hardest for some reason, much harder than 18+ mile runs.

    1205 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Sounds like a challenging week. I think all runners go though bad weeks...but the main didn't quit!!! You hung in there..sore toe & all..and thats what counts. You made it through a rough week..the next one will be a breeze. That's the joys of running. lol.
    Hang in there!!!
    1206 days ago
    congrats for hanging in there.
    1208 days ago
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