So this is the first update to my training diary! It’s now a little more than 5 weeks to the Boston Marathon and even though I’ve finished 43 marathons, training for and running them still makes me super nervous! I doubt myself, question my training, feel extra “injuries” coming on and wonder if they’re real (more on that in a sec), and get crazy excited to have my time on the course.
This week I’ve been dealing with a couple of “pre-injuries” or “tweaks”. Not full blown, I can still walk, but enough to cause some pain and discomfort. They are enough to keep me from running or doing anything too intense. So, after drowning my sorrows in some extra desserts (yeah, it’s my comfort, my vice, the way I deal with things sometimes. I’m not proud of it, I’m just human), I checked myself. Sitting around eating sugar and feeling sorry for myself wasn’t going to heal my knee or ankle; instead I felt worse, inflamed, lethargic, and grumpy. I had serious training and work to do! So, if my regular way of training wasn’t happening, I had to find another way!
Thank goodness for the pool and the gym, I tell ya. I swam more, climbed on the elliptical, lifted weights, did some pilates, taught yoga and kickboxing classes and anything else that didn’t hurt. I took more care with the food that I ate (check out my latest recipe!). Oh yea, that tried and true R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and extra sleep heal so many things. Mentally and physically, sleep is such an overlooked part of training. I kept going, kept moving, but allowed the knee and ankle pain and swelling to subside.
The week of major cross-training and icing paid off! I ran a ½ marathon on Saturday (I had originally signed up for this hilly course as a training run) so much better than expected! The body is truly an amazing thing and we have to “go for it” sometimes. Train smart, but don’t underestimate your ability. One of the many reasons I love the sport of endurance running is that it tests the indomitable will of the human spirit. I’ve always said if you can find your “why” during training, something bigger than you, that it will carry you to the finish. This week, my “why” was in appreciating what my body can do and honoring what it can’t. I trained my weaknesses and raced my strengths and it this time, it paid off.
I’m looking forward to sharing more about my journey over the next month leading up to BOSTON!!