So after a pretty amazing first 10 weeks of training week number 11 was ugly. I was in a lot of pain and ended up taking 5 days off; however, it was worth it because it helped me be ready to power through a 20 miler at the end of the week.
I felt good at the beginning of this week, week 12, but may have pushed back to full power a bit too soon and too hard with some speedwork that left me feeling a lot of pain. (It’s right were my glute and hamstring meet.) So I pushed through my Mon-Weds. workouts, but then walked the thin line between lazy and smart by resting on Thursday and keeping Friday as my normal rest day for 2 days off in a row.
Today’s long run started out great. After a 20 miler last week, and knowing I have another 20 next week, 14 miles sounded surprisingly short and easy. I headed off down my favorite running route – a trail near my house that is pretty empty and very peaceful, just you and the run, and if you go far enough some killer marsh views. I passed this shoe tree which I LOVE. Someday I will bring a pair of my Mizuno Running Wave Creations out here and add them to the others. So cool to run under the tree and think about all the other runners who get to enjoy (my) trail too. However, by mile 6 my pleasure had turned to pain. I knew I could power through, but at what cost? My hardest week of training is up next, and next week is also my last full week of training before I start my taper. So as much as I wanted to run it all – I stopped. When even walking the two miles home hurt I knew I had made the right decision. As much as I wish they could be – not every run is brilliant. Some runs are amazing, some runs are okay, and some (like this one) suck! The amazing runs keep us going and the horrid runs keeps us humble, it is all some crazy running cycle.
So while I am a bit sad I did not get my full run in I am not letting myself feel bad about quitting early my body obviously needs a bit of rest. I also refuse to worry about what effect this will have on my marathon, which is less than a month away, this is the only long run this entire training cycle I have cute short – I’m telling myself I’ve still got this.
So tomorrow instead of going to barre class for an active recovery day I will take one more rest day before perhaps the roughest 6 workout days in a row I have ever done (then it’s taper time). I will enjoy my rest day while watching my wild man, almost 2 year old, nephew run around after Easter eggs while I get to spend time with my fabulous family.
Should I be worried that weeks 1-10 were awesome and weeks 11 & 12 have been ugly?
Is this just my body slowly coming back from 2012 the year of injuries and adjusting to higher mileage as I train for the marathon (only my second)?
….Basically…. Should I be freaking out?
because I am not. I am still totally faithful and sure I will be ready.