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Questioning my marathon training

Saturday, May 01, 2010

So I posted a question on Sparky Marathoners about running in questionable weather. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't just fishing for excuses not to run ;). Well, the question then went to my training style and then if I should even be training for a marathon this early in my running career.

Well, now I've started questioning my marathon goal. I've built up to over 18 miles in a long run with only some minor chafing and a bent toenail. No joint issues (other than an acute sprained ankle weeks ago that is fine now) or other pains. But the question comes to skeletal issues. How would I know if I am having this problem until there is a big problem? I listen to my body, I've done a lot of reading on the topic from coaches and runners alike. I'm not the type to just decide to do it, I read, look things up, I read more, I blog, I talk to the people around me. I've talked to my doctor (briefly) and the girls at the fitness center. They all think it is fine if I listen to my body.

But I don't want to damage myself. I run mostly to keep my body in good shape and to burn calories. The marathon was just to give me something to train FOR. If it is going to damage me then I should stop and wait a year. Running is also my current "thing." I've done many "things" over the years, rock climbing, ellipicalling, stair climbing, walking, Pilates, yoga. I kinda rotate through things (good to keep the body guessing). Next I plan to change over to greater weight training, or maybe rock climbing again (I'll have more time if I'm not running or resting).

I've had many goals over the years, and this will be the only one I've ever quit. Makes me sad to think about, okay worse than that, I actually cried-lame I know. I rock climbed until I reached that really hard high wall-took 4 months, once I got there I changed to running. But I made my goal of getting to the top! I'll also get to go around and tell my friends and family that I'm not going to do it, because I might have skeletal issues. Sounds like quitting and it doesn't feel right.

*Sigh* I'll need to keep thinking about it. Still makes me sad though.
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    Don't give up you are so close. Take it easy. Remember just to finish a marathon is quite a life time goal and I wouldn't be upset with myself even if I had to walk some. Good luck to you. My husband has ran 13 marathons if you'd like to ask him anything. ;) hugs, Wanda
    3725 days ago
    I say, keep at it girl! I am so proud that you're embarking in this new journey - (bowing down to you) - You are THE woman!!! I am so sorry to hear that you might have skeletal issues. I wonder if us being tall makes us more prone to that type of stuff??? How scary! You keep on going as long and as hard as you feel you can, you're doing great listening to your body. It knows it's limits. I am so darn proud of you, whatever you decide.
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    3751 days ago
  • BRIAN36
    I wouldn't bag the marathon plan at all. Just go into marathon maintenance mode where you gradually build-up and fall back each month by running 6,10,12,14 repeat up until about 10 weeks out from your marathon. This will keep your cardio up and allow your skeletal system to build and grow.

    By the way, crying isn't lame at all. It just means that this goal means alot to you and shouldn't be tossed aside.
    3752 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2010 10:57:51 AM
    I cried when it rained cats and dogs and was super windy and cold the day I had my first 5K planned. It's ok. It's also ok to quit things. I started ballet but quit because the teacher was mildly sadistic. I know it's hard to walk away from something you've committed to, but it's better than slowly torturing yourself.

    I'm sure you will make the best choice for you. ((hugs))
    3755 days ago
    I wouldn't give up on your marathon goal. I think the fact that you can run 18 miles now without injury is a good indicator you can run a marathon.
    I read your post and the comments on the thread. I don't think the comments were meant to deter you from running the marathon. It does seem like you are pushing yourself with a very aggressive schedule for a marathon that is a long way out. I think you are setting yourself up to peak way too soon and chances are you will not be able to sustain that level. Also getting too aggressive, could set you up for an injury.
    Running 18-20 miles now may be good for building confidence that you can do it but really can't replace the training you will need to do prior to your marathon, Like someone said in the thread - "you can't bank the miles".
    If you can't fit the training in prior to the marathon, I think you either need to look for a marathon at a different time. You are close to peaking now and could probably complete a marathon now if you can find one you want to do.
    If you still run the one you originally planned on doing, I don't think there is anyway to avoid long runs in hot/humid weather. The good thing is the "adverse" weather will make the conditions you run the marathon in feel much better.
    Good luck and I hope you figure out what works best for you.
    3757 days ago
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