(This was supposed to go up yesterday. So we are now 61 days out from Boston. All other information is basically the same).
ALSO: I‘m guest posting today on Hyedi’s blog while she’s off vacationing in the sunshine! Hyedi is one of my blog besties, and she actually ran her first marathon the same day that I ran Chicago, so we were virtual training buddies! Make sure to stop by and say hello!
So, this week of glorious back down off it turned out to be much more of a back down than was scheduled.
First, it started with a bit of heel pain last weekend. Just some minor little aches like I’ve had before. By Tuesday I was a bit more worried but continued icing and stretching the calves. I’m always super paranoid about plantar fasciitis, so I was doing all the exercises just in case. (Rest is a big part of these exercises).
Then, on Saturday I woke up with a sore throat. Kind of out of nowhere, but I usually can fight off the offending cold before it moves into my sinuses.
But, because of both of these things, I took my usual rest day on Friday and decided to take another running rest day on Saturday just to make sure (we went for a half hour walk).
Sunday I woke up with the sore throat still lingering. I know that you’re supposed to be able to run as long as symptoms are above the neck, but running just didn’t sound fun at all. I put it off all day, but then I started watching the Grammy’s and they had some really great acts going (the Levon Helm tribute was one of the best musical collaborations I’ve ever witnessed), and I didn’t run. I did do my abs/weights/strength/stretching during the commercials though, so yesterday wasn’t a total loss!
Today I woke up with my new bff, the sore throat still hanging out. And now I’m about 55% sure I have the streps. I haven’t had any cold symptoms (BUT I also haven’t had fever or the gross stuff at the back of my throat, so….?). And it is starting to get the the point where I’m not really interested in eating or drinking anything because it is less painful to starve than swallow. Yum. (UPDATE: Tuesday morning and I still have a sore throat. WebMD tells me the other options are tonsil issues or throat cancer).
I couldn’t get a doctor’s appointment until Wednesday, so in the meantime, I’ll just hang out and eat soup and carry a tube of Clorox wipes with me wherever I go.
So, this week’s mileage was mediocre, which is sad because I was actually feeling really awesome during the speed workouts. We kept pretty busy this weekend, but I just didn’t feel like running.
If this had to happen, at least it is 9 weeks ahead of time? I don’t know. I probably should be more concerned than I am, but life will go on and training will go on. Just keep swimming (or not, since I can’t swim…)
Monday: Easy 3
Tuesday: 6 x 800’s. I actually really enjoyed this workout which was really surprising because I typically HATE 800’s and want to punch them in the face. But I kept at a steady 3:30 minute 800 pace and it felt great.
Wednesday: 1 hour spin class
Thursday: 25 minute tempo run with a mile warm up and mile cool down. Kept the tempo pace between 7:20 and 8:00.
Saturday: Walked 1.3 miles
Marathon Training Goals:
Despite my lack of running enthusiasm, I kept almost completely to my training goals. I didn’t get my yoga in, but I also didn’t give my muscles very much reason to be tight. Total miles: 16.7.
I’m looking forward to hopefully a much better and healthier week this week! Hope everyone else is doing well and on track!