Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training Week 10 – If at First you Don’t Succeed…

Some of you may have noticed that I didn’t post anything related to my training for the last couple of weeks. There’s a reason for that. I WASN’T TRAINING. Ever since a run the day after my 40th birthday, I’ve been battling right leg pain that seemed to move all over the place. After plenty of working out, dry needling and physical therapy I discussed the issue with my good friends and trainer/PT people Jill and Rachelle and I think we figured it out.

My baby calf just hasn’t been ready for what I’ve tried to put it through. As I increased the mileage, I think that my baby calf has fatigued and then no longer absorbs the shock of impact that comes with thousands of steps on a long run. My hip has been paying the price. To put it in medical terms, pounding the pavement beat the crap out of my hip.

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Time for a Plan B. Blow the whole thing up.

Long story short, I’ve fallen WAY behind in my training with all of this on again/off again stuff. I’m not giving up on Rehoboth quite yet, but I’m having to reevaluate my plan and my goals.

Surviving is the #1 goal now.

Bye bye, time goals. I’ve gone from 3 x 20 mile runs to zero. My peak week is just over 40 miles now. I also have an extra rest day from running for the next 6 weeks. No track work. No hill repeats. This could change if I’m able to show that I’m 100%, but for now I don’t want to push it.

I need to remember that not long ago I was in a boot for 3 months. Not long ago, I was so happy to run ANY miles at all. I have the rest of my life to run. There’s no sense in killing myself now.



18 Replies to “Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training Week 10 – If at First you Don’t Succeed…”

  1. Yes!!! I’m so glad to hear all of this because I think it’s the best approach. I’m still in awe of where you currently are and know you’ll be training for that BQ very soon. I’ll be cheering for ya at R!

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  2. Not that I recommend this, but I ran Shamrock in 2015 after only having completed three 10-milers in training. I’d injured myself and had to drop to the half the previous three marathons I’d signed up for, and I was always worried the long runs would re-injure me. Plus it was super cold that winter so I was happy to use that excuse to skip/shorten runs. It was nowhere near my fastest marathon, but it went much better than I expected (and most importantly, I didn’t re-injure myself.) If you’re able to work up to 16-18 miles on long runs, I think you’ll be just fine. Good luck!

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  3. It’s always important to be grateful for the ability to run during times of disappointment/injury. If I’m getting discouraged I often remind myself that a few years ago I barely made it 3-4 miles without major knee pain and never thought I’d run a half marathon again. Take care of your body when it asks you to and it’ll repay you in a race later, even if it’s not as soon as you want it to be.

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  4. I have had to do the same thing. I am not giving up, I still have big goals but maybe not quite as aggressive . Making plans and listening to your body is the right choice!

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    1. Being an injured runner is so tough! Running IS suffering, so there’s a tendency to want to power through things that we shouldn’t. There should be an injured runners’ support group.


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