So as of today, there are 27 days until I run my first marathon! How the heck did that sneak up on me? I’ve been posting my training recaps each week, but now it seems like it’s really getting REAL. And the fear is setting in! I’m struggling, physically and mentally. With this ITB/hip thing still bugging me, I’m now in regular PT and focusing on training smart so that I can be at the start (and finish!) line of the Philly Marathon in a few weeks!
Monday: Rest + my second PT appointment with Spring Forward Physical Therapy.
Tuesday: 6 easy miles (10:32 avg pace). My schedule originally had some speedy mile repeats, but I scrapped that plan to just get in some easy miles. I still had pain on and off during the run, so there was no way I was pushing the pace even if I tried!
Wednesday: More PT + Revolve 45 min Body Ride with Jason. I really missed spin for the last two weeks and it felt great to get sweaty in a completely pain-free way!
Thursday: This was supposed to be 7 miles with the last at 8:15 paces. Then I had my first marathon freakout, ran 1 mile and walked 1 mile home. FAIL.
Saturday: This was supposed to be a 10-mile LR, but between the mental breakdown and ever-present ache/pain, I opted for rest. I knew that forcing myself to do 10 uncomfortable miles was only going to be a mental struggle and make me feel worse. In the long run, a missed 10-miler is not going to set me back from reaching the finish line in Philly (I hope!). I did my daily PT exercises and a strength workout instead.
Sunday: Rest. I thought about pushing the long run to today, but ultimately decided to completely skip it. I spent a few hours chasing after my little nephew instead. That’s sort of like running, right?
Total weekly mileage: 6 miles! As my dear friend Beth says, 6 miles=the things marathons are made of!
Especially after another low mileage week, I’m terrified that my amazing first marathon is slipping away from me. But I’m not giving up yet! I have PT again tonight and I’m feeling hopeful for a few easy weekday runs leading up to my 22 miler on Sunday. Wish me luck! 🙂
Have you had to work through an injury or have less-than-ideal training? How do you deal?