After riding the struggle bus, I’m finally finding my way back to a solid training routine for the New Jersey Marathon! I’ve made some changes and I’ve got a “New Attitude” so I hope it carries me through the next several weeks before the big race!
I’m joining HoHo and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap – it’s always great to see what my fellow running/fitness friends are up to! I’m also joining Courtney for her Weekly Training Recap linkup and Marcia, Patty, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run!
You may have noticed that my tone in my posts hasn’t been as positive lately. Training has been a real struggle the past few weeks I’ve been training for the New Jersey Marathon since Christmas Day and I’ve been working really hard…but sometimes, there come a point where it all gets a little monotonous. If you know me, you know that I’m a creature of habit and I thrive on having a routine, but for whatever reason, this training routine has started to be a bit tougher to handle and I’ve felt like I’m just going through the motions. Is it a late onset of the winter blues? I have trained in the winter plenty of times before, but this is my first time training for a marathon in the winter. It definitely has its pros and cons.
I think I got really discouraged when I started getting these aches and pains. I’ve been fortunate to be injury-free for years, but it seemed like it was a bit too good to be true to last this long. Bad habits catch up with you over time. And even when you’re doing the right things, sometimes it’s not enough. The shoulder pain is still a head-scratcher but I’m trying to focus on improving my running form and posture overall. The knee pain has reached a high point that I hadn’t felt in years…and it was making me wonder if I could really keep training and make it to the race.
But I don’t want to wallow. I want to work. I want to run this marathon on April 29. YES – it gets BORING sometimes. But this is an important goal that I look forward to achieving. This round of training is far more intense than my first marathon was. I wanted to challenge myself this time. So…it is what it is! I know I can do this. I have no other goal races for 2018. Honestly, I’m not even thinking about any other races in 2018 anymore. This winter has been a wild one and has tested me in so many ways…and I’m still here. When I remember the big picture, everything falls back into place. Onwards!
Now on another note, how about this winter storm last Friday?? I don’t think anyone believed how bad the weather would be; I sure didn’t. In Philadelphia, we had winds that were gusting to well over 60 mph. First it was raining, then it switched over to snow, and it was unbelievable to see the transformation throughout the day! When I met my sister for lunch, just a brief walk outside had my pants soaked to the point that I had to change clothes in my office! The Regional Rail stopped running so Bret had to meet me at the Subway so we could drive home, and that commute was a complete nightmare – 2 hours long through the city streets. I’ve never seen anything like it…so many downed trees and power lines on top of dodging potholes and crazy drivers. And when we got to our neighborhood we had much more accumulated snow! Thankfully, we had no incidents or power loss – we were so lucky! Unfortunately, we’re having at least 2 more storms this week and I’m starting to worry. Mother Nature is not a happy woman!
Monday 2/26: A full hour of yoga at lunch. It really has been a long time since I could attend class! I was pretty stiff and my hamstrings were tight, but it was great to be back!
Tuesday 2/27: Speed work time! My friend Tom joined me again and I put him to work! We had a 1-mile warmup with 3 miles at 9:25-9:45 pace, then 1-mile cooldown. This was a really intimidating run for me so it would figure that our splits were 8:57, 9:07, and 9:20! We had great weather for the run and it was fun to “feel fast”. This was definitely the confidence boost I needed after a couple of tough training weeks!
Wednesday 2/28: Because of my social calendar, I had to once again move my Thursday easy run to Wednesday. I was really dreading going out for this run but I finally made it out the door and enjoyed another nice day. I was definitely feeling the fatigue from Tuesday’s workout! I did have to readjust my laces because I was feeling tightness in my left arch and right shin. Otherwise, no complaints.
Thursday 3/1: I really started to feel the fatigue by this point in the week. My hips were really sore as well and I essentially kneeled at my desk for some relief – my left side felt it the most. Originally, I was going to go to barre class after a happy hour, but I decided to cancel and have a few more drinks, lol! Seriously though, another workout would have been too much.
Friday 3/2: Rest day!
Saturday 3/3: My motivation dropped again as I was dreading my 15-mile run. It’s not like I haven’t run that far before, but with all the issues I’ve been having lately…ugh. Instead, after a full day of cleaning the house, Bret and I did 4 miles together, normally my Sunday recovery run. Once again he pushed me out the door. We went one of my old familiar routes but the uphill (and strong winds) were really hard on me! When the wind was at my back and I had all downhills, I felt much better!
Sunday 3/4: It was time to face reality: I have to run my long run! Fortunately, Bret promised me that he would join me for the full distance, so that was a huge help. I decided that since I just received some KT Tape to test out for BibRave, that I would give it a try and see if it would help my nagging issues. I taped my left knee and my right foot/ankle. If I had more time I would have also taped my shin and my shoulder…but I figured this would be a good opportunity to compare one side vs. the other. The run started out pretty well but I started adding in some walk breaks after 9 miles since I was really putting Bret to work. Normally both knees would have been toast at this point but my taped knee felt pretty solid! I did have a weird, unpleasant pain in my right calf that I never had before about 6 miles in – I do think the tape had something to do with it…but the pain did go away over time. After dodging several fallen trees, we were triumphant and completed 15 miles, hallelujah!
I’m so happy to have made it through my 15 miles today!! Last week on the blog, I talked about my training burnout and the worry of knee and foot injury, not to mention my pesky shoulder! Thankfully I have rested, reset, and I’m focused on getting to the @njmarathon in one piece. I was lucky though to have this guy join me for the whole run this morning and as usual he had us running in new places with some ups and downs! Another new companion was @kttape which I used for the first time for knee and PF support! Bret even used the wide tape on his lower back. While I did have some weird calf pain about 6 miles in that subsided, the knee support was a miracle worker with MUCH less pain. I used it only on one knee and I can really tell the difference, so it’s a real game changer! I’m finally gaining some hope! Get #kttape for 30% off with code BIBRAVE30! Happy running! #njmarathon #sweatpink #cityfitgirls #RWNR #run215 #fitbloggroup #bibchat #bibravepro
Total Miles for the Week: 29.0
Total Training Miles for NJ Marathon: 210.97
I am very proud to say that I made it through week 9 of training! I didn’t take any barre classes, but I did get an hour of yoga and all of my training runs in, so it was a huge win! I’ve been more diligent about foam rolling and Runner’s knee prevention exercises and I finally did legs up the wall when I got home from the long run – not bad! The KT tape seems like a great tool as I still work on strengthening my weak spots.
Life has been really busy, and burning candles at both ends certainly create a lot of stress and weariness day to day…but I’m still fighting the good fight and building back my mental strength to do what needs to be done! I’m really hoping that my blogging will get back in step and that I can I don’t know, eat healthy food? Call me the comeback kid, Week 9 gets an A grade!
P.S. – Don’t forget that Tunes Tuesday for March is tomorrow! The theme is Pump-Up Jams, hope to see you there!
Were you impacted by Friday’s Nor’easter? Does training in the winter ever drag you down?