Holy shit, I’m already halfway through! I suppose that’s what happens when you only train for six weeks, eh? 😉
This will be my first and last half marathon training update before my race in just two and a half weeks!
The short version of my update is this: it’s not going so hot. What training I AM getting done has gone pretty well. But I have not gotten in probably HALF of my training workouts as planned! EEEEEEK! Given I have less than three weeks left, that’s making me pretty nervous…
Week 1 went great. The big impediment in the first week is just that adjusting to running outdoors when the very little running I’ve done lately has all been on the treadmill is HARD. I was so surprised at how sore I was even from my 2 mile run. So the strength training days were more like stretching days at first 😉 And my long run went fairly well, but I had Preston and Ned join me which is just not going to work for me anymore. I need my music and nothing else to pay attention to so I can reach that perfect zone that makes me love running and get through longer runs.
Week 2 was not super hot. I have been getting a recurring HORRIBLE pain for awhile now. It’s like a lovely hybrid between a knot in my back and a kink in my neck. (The same spot that affected me last year during my training, only now it seems to go farther up my neck.) It travels seriously a foot of my body. I was convinced for a long time it was due to poor posture at work, and a change in my desk setup did help a LOT. But now I’ve taken some adjusting with our new mattress (it is much firmer than our old mattress and my super squishy pillow does not seem to hack it when I sleep on my side) and have been getting it again, so I don’t know exactly what the underlying cause is… 🙁 It’s clearly a weak spot for me, and now the number of things that seem to make it flare up only increases. Boooooo. Anyway, that thing flared up in a big way early in the week and interrupted my training. And then our vacation of course interrupted my training at the end of the week. It WAS a super active vacation, and we hiked almost 15 miles on the day when I should have done a long run, so I feel like that at least helps me keep progressing. But it’s just so not ideal…
Week 3 I was on vacation through Tuesday. I got in a little run Wednesday. Then on Thursday, I made the mistake of thinking I could give an OrangeTheory workout a try as my strength training, and it left me so sore for the next 2 days that I just could NOT do my long run on Saturday. SAD. And given some plans I had on Sunday, I couldn’t fit my run in the early morning which never goes well for me. So I settled for a 5 mile run thinking that would be a good interim and I’d do a 6 mile run one day this week to keep making progress. Well, the 5 mile run on Sunday was actually pretty good (even though I let Preston and Ned join me again), and I was feeling SO optimistic about kicking it into high gear and making up for the derailed training.
And then I woke up yesterday with the FLU.
It hit me like a truck and I woke up feeling like absolute crap. Fever, chills, body ache, you name it. The good news is it’s apparently been going around Sacramento like crazy right now and word is it’s pretty short-lived. I already broke my fever last night and woke up this morning (after a nice 11 hours of sleep) feeling ten times better. The bad news is I really have to wait until it’s totally gone to do much of anything. 🙁 So I’ll definitely lose today, most likely tomorrow, and possibly Thursday as well. Which means… I SHOULD run 9 miles on Saturday, but the longest run I’ve done is ONE 5 mile run at this point and just a small handful of 2-3-4 mile runs. Not exactly ideal when you’re two and a half weeks out from a half marathon!!!
But here’s the thing: I could TOTALLY walk/jog a half marathon tomorrow. (Well… I mean, if I didn’t have the flu 😉 ) I AM GOING TO DO THIS. I will not give up. I still love giving myself a challenge like this. Seeing what I can do. What kind of progress I can make. What my body can accomplish. And it can accomplish a lot! I’ve learned this before and I’ll learn it again. My plan is to just aim for 9 miles on Saturday and see how it goes! I won’t stop before I hit 7. If that’s all I can do, then that’s fine. Then I’ll go for 10 next week and be comfortable with that. The adrenaline of a run can probably get me those last 3.
I really may have to be okay walking some of this half marathon. That makes me sad, but I am certain I can get through it if I accept that.
So enough whining about the runs! I want to share just a quick blurb about the other topics I updated last year:
My diet has been fairly good lately. On vacation, I let myself indulge just a bit. Though I actually ate pretty well the whole time. Plus booze 😉 This week while I’m sick it may be slacking a little too. I’m not eating MUCH, but what I am “eating” is a lot of beverages, and mostly sweet ones. Juice and tea with lots of honey is just so satisfying right now… Preston and I both want to clean up our diet a little, so Sunday (before the flu hit) we planned a really healthy week of meals and stocked our fridge with great food. As soon as I’m feeling well, it will be easy to eat really well.
Just like last year, my recovery has been more REST than active recovery like stretching or foam rolling. But I for sure need to up my foam rolling. I’ve done all my runs so far in my minimalist shoes, which I absolutely love, but the sharp increase in forefoot running is starting to cramp my calves, so I’ll probably switch to my cushioned shoes and make sure to stretch and foam roll my calves a lot.
on runner’s high:
Bonus update. This is something I’ve thought a lot about in the last few weeks, and I’m planning to do some research and write a full post about the effect of the runner’s high. I remember feeling on top of the world during my training and my race last year. And since last fall, I’ve developed and battled anxiety in a way I’ve never experienced before. But my GOSH, I start running and it all goes away. It doesn’t matter how terribly I’m doing, what hurts, how slow I am, whether I have a horrible side ache. I’m calm and happy at my core. It’s made me realize how much I miss running, since I really haven’t done much of it at all since about January. Maybe it’s what’s evened me out and kept anxiety at bay in the past? I don’t know. More on this to come for sure. But in a half marathon training update full of whining about how and why things aren’t going according to plan, I want to make sure to say: I STILL LOVE IT SO MUCH. I need running in my life. I need that runner’s high in my life. Nothing else like it!
Soooo that’s all I got today! I’m bummed my training has been so bumpy. But hey, that’s life sometimes! Just gotta keep on