My week 6 of the 50 miler training was really uneventful. I ran a total of 20 miles. 7 miles on Monday and Tuesday and 6 on Wednesday before I stopped to take a break for my knee.
I have good training weeks and I have bad training weeks and then I have absolute misery at times. I’m going to be honest and while I don’t feel as negative about it now as I did last week, I want to share that it’s normal to have things that get in the way of your training plan or in my case a training concept since I’ve never been much of a planner. You just work with it and keep doing the things that make you happy.
While the runs went fine, my knee felt weak and I wanted to prevent further damage I don’t ever try to outrun something when I feel injured. Running through the pain is not a solution and I want to be in this for the long run (no pun intended) and not just for a race.
I debated what was causing the issue and after taking a short break, I decided to stop doing Jillian Michael lunges and squats for now until it goes away. Last year I had a similar knee issue acting up and it was around the same time when I tried once again to make strength a regular part of my workouts. I’d like to say that my body just hates strength workouts because my mind sure does. However, I think I need to take my time and focus more on my form. I like to rush through each move and I’m sure my form is what caused my knee to be cranky.
Another thing that prevented me from running last weekend was Nemo. A blizzard tends to keep you indoors. Usually I find that when something feels off, I’m safer running outside where my running form is more natural than a treadmill where my form tends to be more repetitive and repetition is what causes a lot of running injuries. I decided that it’s better to just rest up and wait for Monday.
Anyways, this week is going better. I’ll have a full recap for week 7 but I’m still having trouble getting in a 20 miler with most of the streets by my house still covered in snow banks. Some people did a great job shoveling, while others have not and navigating that in combination to the expected snow and rain for a 20 miler isn’t appealing. I tried the treadmill today but after 13 miles I stopped. At least it’s a long weekend I got Sunday and Monday to attempt instead.
I would normally not care but next Sunday I’m running the Hyannis Marathon. I have hopes to re-qualify for Boston for 2014. I need this 20 miler for a mental boost. I think logically I should be ready but I don’t know. I haven’t ran a marathon since September and since Winter training is never predictable, I’m not sure what to expect. I also made an appointment with my chiropractor who practices ART, Active Release Technique. It was the same person I saw after the horrible Boston Marathon and after suffering with weird sciatic pain for weeks, I saw him for 4 visits and felt 100% better. I’m hoping he’ll come to my rescue once again. Unfortunately, he’s on vacation until Thursday so I’ve been desperately awaiting his return. None the less, after I get my final 20 miler in, I’m going to taper. I have my personal goals and they’re much more ambitious than my goal was last year. Last year I was hoping to break a 4 hour marathon, with the way my training was going, I never imagined I would have ran a 3:24. I’m hoping the same will work out this year.