In the last few weeks, I decided to NOT run Grandma's Marathon and stopped training for it. Since than, I have been listening to my body and stopping when my hips got really sore. At first, it was only a mile. Last week, it was 1.5 miles. Today I ran 3 miles! WIN! I think this meals I am healing. On Monday, I go to a chiropractor and hopefully I will be magically healed. Well, I can hope, right?
Yes, I am conceeding to not running. As ON2VICTORY has pointed out, the money I would have to throw at physical therapy sessions exceeds the race entry cost. It's better that I sit this one out. Now, to decide if I want to volunteer or get out of town for the weekend!
Savannah, I'll side with listening to your body and to Nancy. If you are hurting it would be best not to attempt this marathon. Find out what's giving you problems then train and set a goal for another run.
Grandma's Marathon does not allow for a drop down to a half marathon. When I did 17 miles, my hip, shin and knee were really sore. I am really wondering if it is just not my time right now. I have found I enjoy racing the half marathon. Like, Coach Nancy mentioned, I have found full marathon training really overwhelming. Maybe if I worked on one component of that training at a time, eventually, I would be prepared to run a full. Right now, my body is screaming "What are you doing?!!". I promised myself I would listen to my body....
If you feel up to it, is it an option to change to a half? Running 13.1 miles is an amazing distance! I was trying to train for a marathon and just couldn't get past 14.5 miles. My body wasn't ready for more than a half (I've been running for two and a half years and am 64) and when I tried to increase mileage I got injured. I'm recovered now but it took 5 months. I decided that for now 13.1 miles is really awesome! Good luck! By the way, I had to go to a sports chiro, acupuncturist, and sports doctor to finally get things figured out. Trying to push past what I was ready for had put my gait and body out of whack. I had it all going on . . . IT band, piriformis muscle, sciatic nerve, etc. Again, good luck!
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You never have to run a marathon to call yourself a runner...Coach Nicole has NO desire to EVER run a marathon and she runs a sub 1:45 half. Marathon training is overwhelming, but as much as you put into your training, you must put into your rest. And don't forget that outside stress is just as overwhelming as the stress of training...
I have no health insurance which means I cannot go to a doctor or PT. With that said, I am considering in saving some money and going to a physical therapist. I am going to a sport therapist end of next week and hopefully it helps!
Right now, I just don't know if it's the right time. People told me it's manageable. But, a Spark Friend told me I shouldn't dread running and now I do. She also made the point that my first marathon should be memorable. I guess I thought this was my next step in my journey, like the last puzzle piece. I didn't realize there was so many other goals I could work towards besides the full marathon.
As for why did I post on a half marathon team? This team is extremely active and supportive. The marathon team is a good team but you don't get as many responses. That is why I posted. I am sure others are similar.
As a conservative runner, it you are having difficulty running 1 mile at this point, I believe it's best to put this goal to rest next month, but focus on getting healthy and putting one out there in the future. Going into a marathon injured may leave you side-lined longer than a few weeks...it could side-line you for months on end.
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with stepping away from your goal...I did that for Chicago 2010...my body was not prepared to run 26.2 miles so I bowed out and almost 2 years later and I still do not regret it to this day.
I agree with Stela. I'd also says that if you're wondering about shoes, sounds like you're just beginning your investigation. Insoles and orthotics are also critical. Have you had your stride analyzed? Seen a PT? Doctor? You don't mention these other things so I can only speculate.
You might get more useful opinions by posting to a marathon group. I can only give you advice based on my half marathon mistakes :-P Kidding aside, I do think that marathons and half marathons are very different. In certain respects, totally different. For instance, you talk about being interested in increasing the days/week of running but I "dropped" to HMs because I wanted to *decrease* the days I ran. (Now I only run twice/week; cross-train other days.)
As an aside, I am surprised at the number of people in this forum who seek help (or seek kudos) on their marathons.
I just noticed on your auto signature the race date on June 16th and that's 4 weeks away. I trained with Team in Training (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and the longest run for their marathoners is 20. They do that 3 weeks before the race, then 14 miles the following week, then 7 miles for taper. I think if you can manage to do the 20 miles by next weekend, you'd get a better sense of whether your not you'd be ready. Good luck with your decision.
I'm no expert, but I think you're your own best judge. If you're hurting after just 1 mile, I'd say a full marathon would be too hard. You didn't say when it was. Is it coming up or do you still have a couple of week?
I just ran a half marathon on May 6th too with very little training and paid for it dearly. About two months before it I had asked my running coach if it was OK to increase my days from 4 to 5 and his response was that it depended on my total weekly mileage and not to increase it too aggressively but also to listen to my body and back off if I experienced symptoms of overuse injuries such as fatigue or nagging pain and encouraged me to take lots of walking breaks during long runs to let my body rest and adapt.
I am definitely on the fence about whether to do Grandma's Marathon or not. I really want to because I have committed myself to it and I am no quitter. Also, I have already paid. Putting those things aside, since May 6th when I ran the Eau Claire Half Marathon, my hip has been killing me. Sometimes it is my IT band. Other days its the adductor. It has progressed to only being able to run ONE mile. If I cannot run ONE mile, how can run TWENTY-SIX? Or even TWENTY? Twenty is what I am supposed to run on Memorial Weekend. Right now, the longest I have ran is 17 miles. I am not sure if one 17-miler is good enough for a marathon.
I am debating on waiting and focusing on a couple goals to be able to train for a marathon better. Right now, I would want to improve my half marathon and the number of times I run a week. Currently, I run 3 times a week. It would be interesting to see if I could increase it to four.
On the other hand, maybe it's an old pair of shoe issue. I was talking to a member at the Y and she mentioned her shoes are worn out when her hips are sore. For me, it is usually my knees. Tomorrow the plan is to run in a different pair of shoes.
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