After 10 awesome weeks of marathon training I thought this update would be going much differently. I was planning on telling you all how even though I still was feeling really tired and run down I was finding ways to push through. I was excited to tell you that I was starting to see progress and that after dragging myself through many hot, humid, hard summer runs both my 12 and 14 miler came in right around 11:15 which is about my goal long run time. I was so excited because if I could run this pace in 100 degree weather then wouldn’t I get faster when the heat died down? I had stuck it out all summer exercising 5/6 days a week and I could finally see a hint of September on the horizon when those 90+ degree days would start to disappear.
I had planned on telling you that I decided not to run the Dirt Dash Trail Half Marathon at the end of this month or the Lowcountry Trail Half in October. The truth is I am a bit clumsy and my number one goal on trail races is always – don’t trip and get hurt. I just figured why even risk it when the NYC marathon is my number one goal. Plus, it would save me $90 (the registration fee for the two races) which I could put toward my NYC trip.
At this point I was supposed to be 11 weeks into training, with 12 weeks to go. However, that is not the case. I had to stop training a little over a week ago when my long term medical issues were finally diagnosed as Leaky Gut which has led to thyroid problems, adrenal issues, and my immune system basically shutting down. I have been ordered to take a month off running (and all other forms of cardio) and so this update is very different than I expected – I had hoped for 23 weeks of awesome training (I started pretty early so I would have time to build up my mileage), but at this point I am just hoping my new auto-immune/leaky gut diet works and I begin to feel like myself again with a body that isn’t constantly fighting against me. I hope that body will be strong enough to come back and find a way to conquer New York whether that be running, run/walking, or just walking the course, but the truth is only time will tell and at this point my health must come first.
There may not be another NYC Marathon training update for at least 4 more weeks, but right now I am trying to remind myself that my health is more important (which is easier some days than others).
Let me know –
When you really get down about a goal how do you convince yourself you are doing the right thing?
I mean, I know I don’t want shingles for a fourth time, or more sinus infections, or mono that lasts for months and months ago so my healthy is top priority, but in the back of my head I just can’t stop thinking about the marathon.