Marathon Reflection Monday: 55 Days Until Boston

First, I need some grammar help!

I always kind of throw a title into my blog posts at the last minute without too much thought.  I called my last one “The Caddywonked Way By Which We Are Getting to Boston” in much this fashion. But then I suddenly woke up at 2 in the morning worrying that I was committing grammar travesty (this is by far not the weirdest thing that has panicked me in the middle of the night).  I won’t say that I’m a grammarista.  I’m definitely one step above the two/to/t00 people, but ask me to determine participles, or prepositional phrases, and I’m going to have to Google it first.

So, when trying to determine if my title was correct or if “The Caddywonked Way WITH Which We Are Getting to Boston” was more correct, I came across lots of explanations about inanimate objects, direct agents, passive voice, etc, but none of them really helped me out (and yes, I did start googling at 2 am).  Does “the way” get us to Boston, OR do we get to Boston using “the way?” So, I tried switching into the active voice (I think) to see which sounded better: Are we getting to Boston by a way or we are getting to Boston with a way.  Instinct is telling me “with” (so I’ve changed it), but I’m not completely sure.  If any grammar people out there can tell me what the right answer is, and most importantly why, I would appreciate it!


One of the reasons I dislike training for marathons is the fact that I never feel completely healed.  Just as soon as something gets better, something else starts hurting.  And even though I’m trying super hard not to freak out about every little pain, I am in fact starting to freak out about every little pain.

Last week, I had the weird sore throat (I even went to the doctor to confirm that I wasn’t dying). And I had the heel pain.  Then,  just when everything seemed to get back to normal, the side of my tibia really started bothering me and I started to have sharp pains while running. STRESS FRACTURE was my first thought.  So, I laid off the running for a couple of days (this started happening on Wednesday…right after I had just been to the doctor of course).  After a pain free long run on Saturday, I’ve determined that it probably isn’t a stress fracture, but now both my IT bands (which haven’t hurt since October) are both tight and annoying.

Thanks, Running. I needed that.

Half Marathon Land doesn’t hurt this much. Just sayin.

But, all that being said, I am consistently amazed at how much easier this whole thing is the second time.  Yes, my body does hurt 100% of the time, but I don’t feel anywhere near as miserable as I did the first time around.  I hate to say it, but I can kind of see now how people agree to do this more than once…or twice!

Coincidentally, Chicago registration opens up tomorrow at noon CST.  I would be lying if I said I wasn’t itching to sign up again.  I would get to run in B corral this time!  It will take a lot of willpower to step away from tomorrow.  Last year it sold out in about 6 days, so if you are considering this race, make sure to sign up right away!

Workout Recap:

Monday: I was convinced that I had strep throat, so I took a rest day just in case.  WEENIE AMY.

Tuesday: 7 easy miles.  By this point, I was actually going crazy, and I needed to run.  I also knew that the upcoming 26+ weekend wouldn’t be so good without some mileage during the week.  So I put in 2 miles before work and 5 after work.  It was my first “two a day” workout, and I think it was a good solution.  I got a decent amount of miles in without putting a lot of strain on my body.

Wednesday: 4 easy miles.  By this point I was diagnosed with a simple “virus” so I knew I could workout without any major problem.  Until my tibia started hurting.

Thursday: I had good intentions, but only managed 1.5 miles before having to shower up for work.  Being a good Valentine takes a lot of time and effort!

Friday: This is about when I was convinced that I had a stress fracture.  I had been planning on a very easy 3, but decided day of not to risk it.  I didn’t want to break myself.  I did go out for a 2 mile walk though.

Saturday: Aaron and I set out for 17.5 miles.  I couldn’t have asked for this run to go any better.  Nothing hurt, I managed to keep a decent pace along the long uphill stretches, and the miles flew by!  Average pace was 8:57, making this the first sub-9 minute mile marathon long run.  I only hope the last 3 long runs are just as confidence boosting!  I also think maybe taking it easy during the last couple of weeks really helped.  Being sick isn’t fun, but boy does it feel great when you’re running on fresh legs.  We headed to the hot tub at the gym afterwards, and my muscles were just a bit sore, but otherwise everything was working properly.

IMG_0614{Mile 12 water break.  I promise I didn’t ask him to take this picture! Also, check out that sun! I got pretty sunburn, but at least the weather is getting warmer! Also, could my smile be any doofier?}

Sunday: 8.69 miles with an average 8:42 pace. I  don’t think I was properly hydrated or fueled for this run, and I wasn’t feeling very motivated to push the pace.  I had wanted to be closer to the 8:00-8:25 average, but that’s ok.  My IT bands did tighten up later in the afternoon though, so now I’m dealing with that.


Marathon Training Goals:

I don’t know what happened this week.  Was it the mystery illness that turned out to be nothing? Or maybe the holiday also known as “eat lots of chocolate and drink lots of bubbly day” in the middle of the week?  Whatever happened, I neglected my goals.  I could tell by Sunday that those hamstrings that I’ve been working hard to establish were fading, and my abs were starting to soften. (It makes me so angry that muscles take weeks to build up, but start going away with just a few days of neglect).  I actually considered hopping on the elliptical on Saturday afternoon (after the 17.5 mile run) to get the cross-training in, but managed to convince myself that doing so would completely defeat the purpose of preventing injury.  I’m very happy that common sense won that battle! I’m already back on track.  I think the constant threat of injury is helping me stay motivated!


Hope everyone’s week is off to a fantastic start!

22 thoughts on “Marathon Reflection Monday: 55 Days Until Boston

  1. 1- I didn’t notice the grammar, and I’m not certain what way is correct. Please don’t come to my site and read my writing too carefully. You will find tons of mistakes 😉

    2- Your letter from “Running” is hilarious.

    3- Yay for Chicago marathon!! But, I’m biased since I live in Chicago burbs.

    • Haha…I’m not remotely a grammar snob! The only thing I can’t stand is when people use “ur.” So, as long as you don’t do that, I probably wont’ ever notice any mistakes!

      And I LOVED the Chicago Marathon! Although, if they were trying to prevent me from registering yesterday, they did a pretty good job!

  2. I need a list like the above comment too:
    1. I don’t think your original title was grammatically incorrect, and don’t you mean two/to/too? Also, I’ve read so many blogs where the writing is atrocious (and some how these people’s blogs are heavily visited), but yours isn’t one of them. Your writing in general has so much voice and character, it’s very refreshing 🙂

    2. Like I said on your guest post on Hyedi’s blog, I think your approach to marathon running is exemplary in the fact that you aren’t over training and you aren’t stressing yourself about mileage. I think you should repost that post on your blog because I can think of some other bloggers who would benefit from reading it, (whether or not they do is another story!).

    3. I seriously think there has been some sort of bug making it’s way across America. Yours is the 4th American blog I follow where the writer has come down with something flu-related. Take care!

    That’s all 🙂

    • Thank you to all of the above! And always glad to have a teacher say that my writing isn’t atrocious!

      We had a nationwide flu epidemic this January (both regular and a nasty stomach virus version). Some cities were encouraging people to stay home because it was spreading so rapidly and the symptoms were worse than they typically are. Apparently this sore throat only bug was also going around (I’ve never heard of anything like it). Luckily, it looks like it is over for the most part.

  3. I agree with Danielle! Your approach to marathon training is inspiring and it makes me want to maybe sign up for Chicago! 😉

    PS – nice 2x/day workout! I’m going to start incorporating these every once in awhile 🙂

  4. You make me laugh. I totally get the, “OMG I AM DYING! AND have a broken leg!” thing. I am guilty as could be and probably take a rest day too easily. For being sick and having some pain, you had a rockin week! Way to go. I will be stepping up my training this week too (I only went 28 last week!!!), so we can support each other 🙂

  5. I know completely how you are feeling about the aches and pains and jumping to conclusions of injury. Although, I went to the dark side and am trying to comeback from my calf injury. I hope to be getting some type of long run in one of these days considering Boston is less than 8 weeks away!

    I am so tempted to sign up for Chicago, it’s on my marathon bucket list, but I just don’t think it’s meant to be this year. Your recap and experience last Fall makes me want to run it even more.

    • I think the paranoia is definitely made worse by seeing strong runners who are being cautious get injured. Although it is also helpful, because I keep seeing things to look out for. I don’t even know your friend Sherri, but her stress fracture experience made me take care of my shin area much more!

      Chicago is such a great race! Registration closed down due to technology issues, so you still have a few days to consider 🙂

    • That was my first thought until I read through about 10 different explanations. The general consensus seems to be that it doesn’t really matter 🙂

      Aaron is a good blog husband picture taker!

  6. Grammar: Either way is correct, though you could completely eliminate the “by which” or “with which” part and maybe it wouldn’t feel awkward. That said, I didn’t notice it until you pointed it out.

    Aches and Pains: I know you won’t end up with a stress fracture because I’m living vicariously through runners like you while my own stress fracture heals. If you were sidelined, the very fabric of our universe would be torn! Hang in there 🙂

    • Oh no! I don’t want to tear the fabric of the universe! I will go ice some more now! It is quite terrifying though. I feel like I’m constantly walking on eggshells trying not to push myself just a little too hard.

  7. Hey. Great to see you think marathon training is better 2nd time around. I started on Monday. Eeeek ! Here we go again…. pretty crazy. I am being forced to focus more on speed rather than stressing about mileage second time around.

    I followed your link to the Chicago Marathon (more out of curiousness than actually thinking I would be able to somehow fly from SA in the Chicago in Oct ) and saw that there had been a mega crash on the site with so many ppl entering. Also I didn’t know that Chicago was once of those you could just enter, without having to go into a ballot or anything. Good to know for 2014 🙂

    • Woo Hoo! Marathon #2! Speed work isn’t fun, but you’ll feel so much stronger on race day!

      Yeah, they still haven’t reopened registration. They had 45,000 spots open, and even with all of the chaos, 30,000 registered in just those first few hours. I love that Chicago is first come first serve, but people are worried that the website crash will make them consider going the way of a lottery. I know I was ready to go last year at 12:00 on the dot!

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