Marathon Reflection Monday: 62 Days Until Boston

(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…)

Workout Recap

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.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Walked 1.3 miles

Sunday: Rest

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!

20 thoughts on “Marathon Reflection Monday: 62 Days Until Boston

  1. Sore throats suck! Hope you have some good lozenges to soothe your throat. I also like herbal tea with lots of honey and lemon. I wouldn’t worry too much about losing fitness during this time. For one thing, you’re not sitting around doing nothing. And also, it’s only a week. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Thank you! I’ve been doing all the typical things, and it hasn’t gotten better. Today I’m thinking it is more of a tonsil issue instead of a virus or strep because literally all that’s wrong is the sore throat, and no one else that I’ve come into contact has had any problems. I ran 2 miles this morning and everything was fine. I’ll probably not do anything too strenuous until I have a positive diagnosis.

  2. Feel better soon and I hope its not throat cancer. WedMD is made to freak you the F out…I had bloody noses recently, not major, just multiple…and according to WebMD it could possibly be liver related… but the reality is, it was a pair of new sunglasses. Anyway, you will be back on track in no time and your body will be thankful for some extra time to rebuild!

    • Your sunglasses were causing bloody noses? That’s pretty nuts. I’m a big fan of the WebMD app, although I think it has yet to correctly diagnose a problem. I’m guessing I have some sort of tonsil problem. I’m only slightly worried about throat cancer!

      • The sunglasses had no padding and when I wear them with a hat, the hat would add pressure so it would be irritating…I didn’t think anything of it until I read WebMD and it said trauma to the nose…and since I doubt it was my liver, I drink but not that much…I finally figured out that all that pressure from sunglasses could be it, I stopped wearing them, nose bleeds stopped. So I figure that was it. Sounds odd but that is what I am going with because I like my liver.

        Hopefully your throat issue isnt anything crazy and it will work itself out. Nothing worse than throat discomfort. Feel better soon!

  3. I’m working on a comeback too, after my calves have set me back from Boston training. I have decided not to stress about it, what will be will be in 61 days. I hope you get feeling better quickly and that it’s not throat cancer. Gotta luv WebMD!

    • I think I saw in my email that you’re finally running again! Definitely hoping it isn’t throat cancer either, but I’m looking forward to hopefully getting answers tonight!

    • I actually just started using my checklist for this marathon training cycle. It’s silly how much having something to check off on paper has improved my ability to get stuff done!

  4. Bummer about being sick!! Take it easy and hopefully you feel better soon. Have you tried taking Tylenol for your sore throat? I find that if I take it on a schedule (650 to 1000 mg every 6 hours) my throat pain really subsides. Perhaps give it a try.

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I was taking it on Saturday (mostly because I thought I was going to get a cold). The sore throat still hasn’t gone away, but the nurse practitioner just suggested Tylenol, tea, etc.

  5. Still plenty of time before Boston to juggle training a bit to fit in an illness or two (but hopefully just this one!). With how bad my throat gets with strep, I’d rather have the flu. And that’s saying something.

    Feel better soon. The road misses you…

    • Haha! Agreed! I had strep about 5 years ago and it was really terrible. Luckily I don’t have strep this time around (so, now I’m just stuck with an annoying sore throat for who knows how long). I’ve been doing easy treadmill runs the last couple of days since inhaling cold air is still irritating. I hope to be completely healed this weekend!

    • Thank you! It isn’t strep, just a virus. I woke up and still have it, so I’ve just been doing easy treadmill runs since hard running (especially in the cold) is irritating it. Hopefully this weekend!

  6. Hope you’re feeling better now! I’m totally going to start tracking my training with a sheet like that — brilliant!

    PS – thanks again for guest blogging!

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