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.
If you want to see the posted a link to the board is below.