There was so many things wrong with the approach I took to training for the full. I really focused on getting in my high km runs on the weekends. That was my goal, go further than I did the week before. I got up to 26 km and it felt pretty awesome to see that number on my Garmin. An undesirable time, but the mileage made me smile.
|(I couldn't find the 26km pic)|
|2 few bloody toes + 1 huge blister = many small band-aids|
The thing is, after my long weekend runs I would be so sore usually right up until Thursday. The arch of my foot, my butt, my calves, my bruised toes, etc. It was definitely always a painful few days after my long run. A typical Monday morning would include me limping into school and it always hurt to sit down. Another bathroom break? Darn it! (don't you find 2 days after a good workout is when you really feel it?) I would miss critical runs during the week because my body hurt so much from Saturday. Maybe that sounds like a lame excuse, but I was all about avoiding a serious injury and I wasn't going to go on a 15km run when I could hardly walk.
One thing I really tried to do was to include HIIT workouts into my workouts and I usually always had a couple a week, which felt awesome. A quick 20 minute, fast-paced treadmill workout and you end up sweating more from that than a 26 km run! Short and sweet. I thought doing these would help me achieve my 1:40 half marathon in May, but I really think my strong focus on the long, slow runs hindered me from seeing 1:40. My body was so used to going for so long at such a slow speed that the day of the half my legs would just not go faster. It was a wierd feeling, no matter how hard I tried I couldn't go faster.
My PT is helping me to get a better running form and is going to help me get on track for running a full marathon. She wants me to run for 5km, walk for 1. I really don't want to walk, like really don't want to have to walk. Thoughts? I am going to be going to Claire and Julia for some help because they kill marathons! ;)
|this happens when I get tired, I almost sit|
as I run.
SO. I still want to do a full marathon, I just need to take a better approach to my longer runs and making sure I get my tempo runs and mid-distance runs complete during the week. I just can't imagine how great it feels to cross that finish line, all 42 km!
I have a couple of races coming up; the ocean floor one which is just for fun and I seriously cannot wait for it!! as well as another race in August! There are 2 fulls in the fall which I am toying with...
Sorry if this was a debbie downer post, I was just laying it all out and it kind of helped me to just type it out. On the bright side, I ate the most delicious omelete this morning:
|fried onions and a laughing cow cheese inside with a little bit of jam on top.|
Mmm, you gotta try it!
Advice!? I seriously need your help if you've ran a marathon.
Do you keep running if you're in pain from a long run?