Another rough week down in the books. I’ve got to be honest. I’ve lost my enthusiasm. It’s gone and I don’t know where to find it at the moment. I know, we all go through cycles of losing our mojo. I’ve posted about it before during last year’s marathon training cycle, and funny thing is, right around the same time/same week of training. But last year I got it back quicker than I am right now. I’ve been feeling like this for several weeks. I miss running for fun. I’m dreading every single long run that I’ve had. And the thought of running the marathon and then only having 2 months off inbetween starting training for Paris makes me want to hurl. I don’t want to feel this way. I LOVE running, but I miss the fun runs. This too shall pass they say, and I’m hoping that it passes sooner than later, but now with another quasi injury…not sure I’m ready to call it an injury YET, I’m feeling in the doldrums. I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I don’t like to sugar coat anything either. So here is my week of training:
Monday: Yesterday was my 20 mile run, so today was an active recovery for me today. I did Piyo Upper body and Run Builder Chest and Back! I also spent a lot of my day icing my Achilles on my left leg. That is a new ailment for me. I’m hoping it’s just sore, I mean 20 miles IS a long way. As Mr. Cupcake said….”you DID just run 20 miles, SOMETHING is bound to be sore.” That is true, I gave him credit for that, but I know my body. This isn’t just a soreness after a long run. Something is off. I was feeling great despite the achilles. I have minimal soreness and credit it all to my ice bath. Seriously, if you haven’t done one, I urge you to give it a shot after a long run. It has made all the difference in the world for me!!
Tuesday: Tempo run on tap today. I had to do it on the treadmill as I do most of my tempo runs. I actually enjoy doing my tempos on a treadmill. However, I only ran 3 miles before I started having achilles pain.
I followed it up with He and She Eat Clean Run Builder Arms day and a little PiYo Lower Body.
Wednesday: Unintentional rest day. Things got crazy and I had a million things to do. When 4pm came around and I tried to get it done by 2 year old decided to have the most epic meltdown…..EVER. Workout denied.
Thursday: Supposed to be a speedwork day, but taking a break to rest my achilles, so I hit Spinning at Revolve! Spinning is like speedwork so I figured it was a good substitute. I hadn’t been to spinning since the beginning of July, so was super excited to get back to it, and as usual it did NOT disappoint. My son had the day off from school (kind of random to have a teacher workshop on Thursday before a long weekend and then have to go to school on Friday? Why not have the day off on Friday before the holiday? I digress…) Anyway, because of the day off Mr Cupcake and I had decided we were going to take the kids to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg VA. If you haven’t heard of it you should check it out. It’s basically a huge resort with an indoor waterpark. The kids had a BLAST! This place is HUGE! They have water slides, wave pools, kiddie pools/slides and TONS of activities for the kids. It really was a great time.
Friday: Another day of rest as we were still at Great Wolf Lodge and then making the trek back to home.
Saturday: Ok, so let’s talk about this long run. After taking all week off from running…resting, icing, rolling, etc, I didn’t have any more discomfort in my achilles. So I was really feeling hopeful and positive. It was a bump back week and I was really looking forward to the lower mileage week. I met up with my MRTT ladies at Roosevelt Island and the plan was to run over the Key Bridge into Georgetown and down the Capital Crescent Trail. The run started off great! I was feeling ok, no pain despite my legs did feeling a bit heavy. We were keeping a pretty good pace too! We even got surprised by 2 deer that jumped out in front of us on the trail….in the pitch dark I might add. My heart was racing, scared the shit out of me. It’s a dark wooded trail already with no lighting, so it was just us and our headlamps. Anyway, around mile 3 I started to feel some twinges in my right calf. I said “self…. it’s ok, it will be fine” ….WRONG. About mile 3.25 I had to stop because of sharp pains in my achilles again. It was getting light at this point and I was comfortable running back alone, so I sent my running partners off to finish their run. I ran/walked the 3 miles back. I was so incredibly disappointed….and then the panic set it. (On a fun note, I did try out my new Ultimate Direction Jenny hydration vest that I am absolutely in love with…full review coming soon).
This is way too late in the game to be dealing with a new injury and still be successful at the marathon I’m thinking. What am I going to do? The deferrment period for MCM is tomorrow, should I defer? Millions of thoughts and emotions running through my head. Disappointment and sadness yes, but is this a sign? I’ve been feeling not excited about this training…is it a sign to defer and take a break? Give my body a rest from the long endurance runs that I’ve been doing for almost TWO years now? I’m not sure. I went home and rolled and iced and took a nap because I had to work night shift.
Sunday: REST day. I had to sleep all day because I’ve got to go back to work for another night shift. I’m really over these night shifts I must say. After 12 years of doing night shift off and on…I’m OVER it!!
Ok, so what is the plan you ask? Well, I didn’t defer. After thinking about it, I’m training to run with one of my BFF’s, I’ve known her for almost 12 years now and this is her first marathon. I will also be running with my sister, it will be her first marathon as well. So I’m going to give it a shot. It will really mean a lot to be able to cross the finish line at MCM with them. But I worry if I will be able to keep up with them. They have been nailing their long runs, so we will see. I will be resting again this week except for cross training. No tempo, no hills or speed. Just me and Charlene (PiYo) and some spinning and weights. I’ll also be heading to the chiropractor who worked miracles on my LEFT calf back in the spring. Keeping my fingers crossed.
I hope you all had or are having a wonderful long weekend with your families!!
Have you ever been to Great Wolf Lodge?
Anyone suffer an achilles injury or achilles tendinitis? How did you recover?
How do you handle hitting the wall during training?