Has some one seen my motivation? I wasn’t even in taper mode this week and my motivation has seemed to have left the building. I’m blaming it on Mother Nature and her bipolar disorder. I’ve had about enough of the cold winter weather. We’ve been locked in the house because of the cold again, the boys haven’t had a full week of school since before the holidays and I’m just over it. O.V.E.R. I.T. This mama needs a break!
Most of my time has been spent trying to get all of the last minute prep work done for Paris! I’m trying to stay organized with all of the paperwork I need to bring with me for the apartment and contact numbers we need for that, passport and my medical certificate for the race. The Paris Marathon requires you to have a signed medical statement from your doctor stating that you are healthy enough to run a marathon. Say what? That is the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard , but they won’t give you your bib unless you have it. So I picked mine up this week and promptly made several copies to take, just in case. I also got my “convocation” in my email too which is basically your confirmation email that you need to pick up your bib as well. I found out that my start time will be 9:30am. I’m a bit nervous about that as it’s WAY later than I’m used to running, but hopefully it will actually work out, especially if my jet lag is kicking in by that point!
I’ve been stressing about what to pack also. I tend to overpack when I travel (like big time over pack), so I’m trying to be a little more efficient this time. I’ve been trying to figure out daily outfits and take pictures (hello OCD) so I can remember and then just go in my closet when it’s time to actually put them in the suitcase and have it be a no brainer. The weather can be very variable, so it’s hard to decide what to bring! It looks like the historical monthly average for the month of April is a HIGH of 57 and a LOW of 42. So I will definitely need a coat and some layering pieces! 12% chance of a sunny day? That was NOT what I was hoping for. I hope the gods up above recognize that this mama really needs some nice sunshine! Odds are NOT in my favor apparently.
Anyhooo, enough rambling…
This was a really crappy week for workouts or really anything exciting in our house. But here’s the rundown anyway!
Monday: Mini #1 had ANOTHER day off for a teacher work day…
Luckily for me however, Mr. Cupcake had taken the day off and we took him out to the Air and Space Museum (his fav). It was nice because mini #2 was in school. We very rarely have one on one time with him alone without the little guy, so it was really nice. It’s amazing the difference in behavior though when the boys aren’t around each other. Mini #1 was so polite and sweet and did what we asked, not so much the case when the boys are together! So it was a nice little morning we had with him.
We came home and I needed to get some kind of workout in. I have a friend that asked me to be her accountability buddy for doing the 21 day fix, so I told her I would but I would be modifying it. I wouldn’t do the eating plan because I can’t afford to cut calories now, and I couldn’t do the workouts EVERY day, but I would definitely do them when I could and we could check in with each other. So, I did the total body cardio dvd which I thought was really good, until the next morning. My calves were killing me. I KNOW that I shouldn’t be jumping. Shoot, that’s why I didn’t continue with the T25. But I did it anyway like an idiot.
Tuesday: I pulled off 7.5 miles @ 9:28 pace without having any issues with my calves, but as soon as I finished I felt the tendinitis creeping back in again. Lucikly I knew I had a chiropractor appointment the next day, my lifesaver. I followed the run up with the 21 day fix upper body workout.
Wednesday: I took a full rest day and went to the chiro where he adjusted me and followed it up with some laser, ultrasound and stim on my calves. I almost hit the ceiling when he was checking out my left calf. It was so incredibly painful. Looks like I will be baby’ing it for the next week weeks. My lacrosse ball and I are going to become very close.
Tempo run I had to skip my run due to my calf unfortunately so I decided to do a yoga class instead. I was AMAZED at the difference in how my calf felt after class was over. I guess it needed some good stretching. And was so excited to come home to my new shirt! Trying to psych myself up and get in the spirit!!
Friday: Another rest day and back to the chiropractor. And if you are local and need a great chiropractor that loves working with athletes, definitely check out Arlington Pain and Rehab. Dr. Moses and Dr. Alvarado are amazing. I see Dr Alvarado, and he has literally kept this broken body running for the last year. I don’t know what I would do without him!
After this visit my calf was feeling so much better. I headed home, picked up the kids from school, the husband from the metro and took a short nap as I had to work night shift.
Saturday: Working night shift is so unnatural. By the time I had gotten to work, I had already been up for 14 hours, not to mention the 3 hours of sleep I got on Thursday night. (I swear my kids know when I need a good nights sleep and then they DON’T sleep).
I survived on a lot of Nuun Energy (as I don’t drink coffee). And also found a great use for the empty tubes! When I got home I had been up for 30 hours straight. I slept until 2:30 then just hung out at home with the family and prepped for my long run on Sunday. Not really ideal to be going into a long run with so little sleep. I THOUGHT it was going to be a great run outside, but looking at the weather, the temps were only supposed to be in the low teen’s with the windchill for my run. I can handle temps in the 30’s, but the teens? No way. ARRRGGHH!! My body does NOT like the cold. It doesn’t warm up and I feel stiff the entire time and I feel like I put myself at more risk for injury this way. So….looks like the treadmill for my last 20 mile run.
Sunday: So, the last long run of training. I must say I was NOT looking forward to doing this on the treadmill. My morning started off on the wrong foot unfortunately. I slept through my alarm after I had another late night last night because I was babysitting for a friend (we swap off for each other so we can do date nights). So I got about 5 hours of sleep, so when you take in my sleep totals for the last 48 hours, I had about 8 hours total. Not exactly ideal for a 20 miler. I slept through my alarm and ran around the house to get ready. I knew I wasn’t going to have that much time before I ran so I was hesitant to eat my english muffin with almond butter. I decided to go with a Honey Stinger waffle instead. I ended up being starving for the entire 20 miles. I mean stomach growling kind of starving, all I could think of was how much I wanted to get off and eat. And let me tell you, gels were NOT cutting it. I also tested out my outfit for the race since it’s new and you should never do anything new on race day! I bought my first pair of non-black bottoms (thank you Athleta Friends & Family sale)…they are a bit bold for me, so I’m still trying to decide on if I will actually wear them or not…
Anyway, long story short….the run sucked. I DID meet my pace goals, but mentally? I struggled big time. I hopped on and off more times than I care to admit. Not long breaks, only about 10-15 second breaks, but still, it was hard. It makes me a little nervous about traveling internationally and lack of sleep, but I’m not sure it could get much worse than the sleep I’ve had lately. All I know is that it’s done and it’s now taper time. Only 14 days until race day! After the run I was ravenous so I hit up Burger 7 for a burger and sweet potato fries and I don’t think it has ever tasted so good.
20 miles @9:26 pace–CHECK!
So, all in all, what was going to be my highest mileage week of training turned out to be a dud. But I think that’s ok. My body seems to work better with rest for some reason. So I’m going to go with it and embrace the taper over the next 2 weeks before race day!! Ahhhh!! I can’t believe it is almost here!Last long run before Paris...on a treadmill...whatever it takes! @suzy399 #parismarathontraining #motherrunner Click To Tweet
Don’t forget to go check out Tara at Running N Reading…as usual I’m linking up with her for the weekly recap!
For anyone that has traveled internationally for a race…any tips?
Does anyone else swear by a chiropractor?
What is your favorite food to eat after a long run?
Have you ever ran a race that required a medical waiver?