I had a bad week for running. I actually did not run. I have not run since last Saturday. Eight days since my last run. I have an injury. I have IT Band Syndrome. I have done a lot of RICE. Today was the first major workout I have done since the IT band problems surfaced last Saturday. I do not have the pain I was experiencing all week. I don't feel 100% so that is why I have done any running. I do not want to risk any more problems with the marathon so close. I will hopefully start running this coming Saturday. I know not running for two weeks is not great but I can't risk feeling as bad as I have this past week.
I bought a foam roller which has helped tremendously. I have also been doing a lot of stretching. This week I will focus on low impact exercise with a lot of stretching. When I do start running again it will be smaller distances. I don't know if I will get another 20 mile run in before the race. In my head I don't really plan on doing anything more than 12-13 miles. No ideal but I would be devastated if I could not run this marathon. I have been training since Christmas. I put too much time and effort into this to risk greater injury. I am going to be smart about my training for the next month.
I am extremely nervous about this marathon especially with some unexpected injuries. I am going to be smart.
The Pittsburgh Marathon is less than two months away. I cannot wait to get this training over with. I am hitting the wall mentally. It is getting tough to be motivated to run. Plus I wish Spring would come and just stay. The temperatures are way too up and down for me. I should know better and this is what Spring is normally like in Western PA but I am still frustrated. I am definitely getting nervous about the race but I am ready to have my normal life back, well my regular workout routines back. What is a normal life anyway, hehehe?
I am so ready to not have to deal with tripping during runs, and the rolled ankles that are inevitable. I am ready for normal sleep patterns to return. I have realized that I currently need about 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night to function at a good level. I am ready not have to worry about do I have all my running gear packed. I am ready not to have to wear my hydration belt.
The whole process is a tough mental game and I am glad I am currently beating the challenge. However, it gets harder and harder as the training goes on. Yesterday I was suppose to have a seven mile run. Through out the week I over did myself physically. I had to substitute for some group exercise classes. I taught a cycling class for the first time in six months. Can you say a major cause of DOMS followed? Also, I did some personal training which I usually don't do. Training adds some extra stress. In addition, I am in the process of changing jobs. I have two weeks left in my current position and then I immediately start my new job. That is a huge stress but a good one. So when it came down to running 7 miles yesterday with sore, tired body it does not really work. I got about 2 miles in and decided to listen to my body. You need to take a break. I learned yesterday that even though I was not scheduled for a rest day sometimes you have to give yourself a rest day. I did a short walk because the weather was beautiful and then went home for a nap. I also went out to dinner and a night out with friends. It as much needed.
This morning I slept in. I did not set an alarm and just let my body rest. I slept till almost 10am, which is unheard of for me. I then had a nice breakfast and then finally went for a run. I had 8 miles today. I did the whole run. Not a bad run. I did trip at one point and then rolled my left ankle a little but otherwise a good run. I did some hills and the sun was out. The temperature was perfect for a run.
Next week I have a training race that is a 30k. I am so glad it was not this weekend. I am not excited that I still have to teach all of my group classes but that soon will be ending. It will be nice for the last month of my training that I can focus on running and not have to teach any group exercise classes. I think that is not helping me very much. I am running more than I have done in my life and adding a lot other exercise even if it teaching is not much fun. I want to conserve as much energy as possible.
I have big news...I accepted a new job. I will be the Director of the Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I am very excied to be starting a new endeavor. I will begin my new position April 4. I am very excited and cannot wait to get started. I will be at the YMCA until the end of the month.
I had a long run of 14 miles this week. I probably ran between 14 and 15 miles. The weather was great on Saturday for a run. I was nervous at the end of the week because we had a small winter storm come in. I was afraid there would be some snow and ice on the ground during the run but the roads were clear. It was a little windy but not too bad. I just got a hydration belt for running but I did not wear it. I should have but I do not like the feeling around my waist. It feels very heavier. I did put the belt in a place where I would be near a couple of times during the run.
This week will mark two months until the marathon. Crazy! I am on my way but still feel nervous. I am definitely getting ready to finish this training but most keep going.
I finished my first double digit run of my marathon training. 10 miles. The distances are getting longer and the marathon is getting closer. Exciting.
The weather was interesting this week. We had a warm week for February. On Thursday and Friday, 60 degrees temperatures were reached. It was amazing. I was able to run outside Tuesday through Saturday. So much fun. It is going to be hard this week when I know I have to run on the treadmill a couple of times because of my schedule and weather. Despite some nice conditions, running was tough. I did well early in the week but my run on Friday evening was so tough. I ran 5 miles on Friday but I felt like it took three hours. I just could not believe how long it felt like it took. I kept checking my clock. I could also tell I was not running at my usually pace. Just a little sluggish. It was funny, during my run on Friday I could feel the cold front coming in for the weekend. During my run it started to get cold and windy. I check after I finished running and it dropped about 10 degrees during my run. That is crazy.
Saturday was windy. I thought I might see Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West go by. I however did not but it was difficult running in about 20-30 mph winds with wind gust over 40 mph. The temperature was not too warm but not unbearable. The run was tough. It is hard getting in the double digits. I felt a little slow during the run. Nothing too exciting happened during the run. Tripped near the end coming down the hill when I tripped over uneven pavement. A little tweak on my knee but nothing serious. I did stop running about 10 yards before my actual finish line. That was disappointing. I was very upset with myself. I stopped because there were two cars in my way, and I got frustrated. I think I just wanted to stop running.
I am very excited to have a rest day tomorrow. I am ready to recharge my batteries for another week of training.
One final note, I am less than three months away from the Pittsburgh Marathon. On Monday, I drove up Forbes Avenue into Oakland. This is the largest hill we will encounter during the race. It was hard hitting because it is steep. I knew it was steep but looks twice as steep knowing that I have to run up that hill in May. I do run hills during my training but that feels like the toughest battle of the race. This is why we train, though.
Today started my 20 week marathon training. My first day was a 40 minute training run. Not a good run but I did it. I had to do it on a treadmill at work. Unforunately I was having some back issues. My back kept tightening up. I did a crazy kettlebell workout last Thursday, and I am still feeling the aftermath. I had to stop twice to stretch. Also, since I was at work I was interrupted once to help fix a television on a treadmill. (I always feel that you are at the gym to workout. The television is a extra perk. If the TV does not work so what. I am not there to watch television.) I finished the forty minutes and thus beginning my twenty week training. I choose the 20 week training because of a couple more micro-cycles and rest weeks. I just liked the progression a little more. Not too much of a drastic climb. It is nerve-racking and exciting to be running for a marathon.
I had a wonderful Christmas. I got to see a lot of friends and family. I got some great running stuff. I got Brooks running shoes, winter running pants, Under Armour cold weather running shirt, and tank top. I also got some other great clothes and books. I hate to see the holiday come to an end and be back at work. I am very ready for a new year.
Here is to a new year, new beginnings, and new runs.
I am new to the world of running. I have run in the past but nothing special. I was also running for a team. I was told to run so I did. Now I am running because I want to. I complete my first half marathon in October and now I am going for a full marathon.
I started running for vanity sake. I like to exercise to maintain a health body and to keep my weight in check. I did my first half-marathon because I got a free registration. I soon realized that this running thing is kind of fun.
I am a golfer. I will first and forth most call myself a golfer. However, I am miss competing in golf like I did in college and amateur days. I still compete and play all the time but I miss that rush of the competition. I only play in one or two events a year so I needed something more. For the first time in the half marathon, I felt the adrenaline of a competition. I had something to train for. Exercise and training became one. Plus the running and training helped my golf game. I find something new.
I am running in my first marathon this spring. I will be running the Pittsburgh Marathon. Very excited and nervous. I am also going to run for a cause. I am going to raise money for Girls on the Run. "Girls on the Run is an experiential afterschool program that encourages young girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles" (Girls on the Run). I needed some motivation and I found it. The program is for girls 3rd through 8th grade. With the rise of obesity and sedentary behaviors it is great to have a program that works to help girls have a healthier lifestyle physically, mentally, and socially.