I had to bail on my May 1 marathon after unexpected gall bladder surgery (just 3 weeks before the big race!). I'm almost 6-weeks out from the surgery but had to lengthen my recovery due to a severely strained abdominal muscle from picking up my boneless child. Question: I'm still not 100% to run (as per my doctors and my body), but my next marathon training started this week. This will be my 10th marathon, but I'm by no means a great or expert runner. So I'm wondering how best to adapt my training to the "late start" as well as the nearly 2 months away from running entirely. (I have been walking the past 2 weeks, but all activity--including swimming and biking--was put on hold due to the extreme pain from the surgery and then set-backs.)
Help! I really need to do well in my training since it's a tough marathon--any advice?!
Have you considered maybe passing on this run and building back up to a half before tackling another marathon, post-surgery? If you're in pain while doing low-resistance training (or while walking!), that's not a good sign. It also sounds like you don't have enough time to recondition your body to a long race. Granted, since this will be your 10th marathon, I guess your legs will certainly recognize the distance, but my concern is how the rest of your body will handle the stress.
I think the above post is very wise, what is the rush for this full. Next year may be a better choice, when you have a solid base and a full training cycle. If they allow you to defer you could sign up and see how your training goes and defer if you need. The problem with this is I/WE are not always wise enought to say no when you need to!!!!
Thanks to both of the above posts. I agree, if I'm not 100% I won't be able to run or train properly. But I'm feeling really good. No pain. I'm ready to start running again, and my question is, if my body is able to tolerate the training, how do I modify the training to still make a successful run? I'm only down one week so far, as training started Tuesday. If I'm able to procede and move forward with plans, how do I make sure I'm still getting the most out of a shortened plan? (Even if it's only a week or two shorter?)
+1 to the above posts. I had a major abdominal laproscopic procedure in July 2009, and I was ready to begin running again four weeks post-surgery. Rather than take the risk of injuring something for the long haul, I aimed for a half-marathon four months later.
I trained conservatively for that and still ran a PR. From there, I trained for another marathon (and did an ultra during that training cycle just for fun). As noted, we're not always that good at listening to our bodies (or at least we're pretty good at creatively interpreting what our bodies say), so I'd strongly recommend taking a conservative approach to make sure you'll be able to run many, many marathons down the line.
2012 Race Schedule
Providence Marathon (4:48:55)
Buffalo Half-Marathon (2:03:16)
Chicago Marathon (October 7)
If you are doing a 18 week plan just move/lose a early week. Don't lose a set back week tou need to keep them. Listen to your body, and remember "you can not over train unless you under rest".