As of late I cannot get enough sleep. I go to bed, before 10, ready to get up and run but when my alarm goes off my body lacks the motivation to move, on a very serious level.
The marathon is three weeks away, the 20 miler is on Saturday, I need to pull it together because not doing the weekday training runs is not good.
Today I’m going to try and do something I mentally have been opposed to from jump, I’m going to try running after work.
I know that for many this is the norm. For me running in the evening seems harder because now I’m taking time away from my family and what if I have to work late, I have no idea what type of lunch to eat and what if I can’t sleep because I just revved my heart for the last hour or more and now it’s ready to GO! I’m naturally a morning person, 4 (or earlier) is just wearing on me, at least that’s my suspicion.
warning: this is going to be one of those venting / whining / personal-resolution blog posts.
The Saturday before last I was driving to and from the south of Illinois to pick up my oldest at the end of her summer session. (Saturday is the group long run of the training week.) The original plan was to make up my long run on Sunday; but my running partner was not feeling up to 12 miles back to back. By the time this was all figured out the sun and humidity had risen to a very undesirable level and I settled for some speed work at a track near by.
The good news is that I noticed a faster pace during my subsequent weekly runs, the bad news is that the speed work and possibly the “give” of the track caused a large blister to develop at the back of my heel. I noticed the discomfort but the the blister felt deep and fully encapsulated with skin so my internal direction was to wear socks with more cushion and continue with training. Because I had just missed a long run the previous week and the next long run was a half marathon I was determined to stick to training and all was going well.
Training went very well but after Tuesday’s run I decided I should add one of these wonderful gel bandages for good measure (these things really are heaven sent when it comes to shoe caused blisters); my blister was larger than the bandage. I ran anyway on Thursday. Despite the size of my sub-dermal blister I didn’t feel it much while running so I kept running. After Thursday’s run I knew that there was a problem; not only was my blister no longer sub-dermal it had also burst. I also noticed that the interior of my shoes had a tear in the fabric behind my heel.
The good news is that at the end of the day the store where I had purchased the shoes replaced them (I was sold a pair that was too small for running). The bad news is that I now had a brand new pair of shoes (read NOT BROKEN IN) and a large blister the day before my first 13.1 mile long run. I did my best to “break in” my new shoes by wearing them the night before the run. Morning of I got up, got ready and headed to the lake. Upon my arrival I took a quick and short jog and felt as if my new skin was tearing. I came to the resolution that I could not run. :( Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day, maybe a tiny bit warm but gorgeous! Instead of running I volunteered to man the gear check for the team. The worst part was being there as everyone came back and knowing that unlike all the other newbies, I had not run my first half marathon (in opposed to having a “now infected” patch of skin that would keep me from running, possibly walking, for a few more weeks).
Hiccups (injuries) during marathon training are par for the course and if a large blister is the worst thing that I will have to deal with I consider myself to be very blessed. My current goal is to be ready to run next Saturday and to be back on track for the remainder of my training.
I am a large advocate of listening to my body, I always have been and I always will be. What really sucks is that I can walk and possible run just fine, so long as I am wearing footwear that does not touch my heel . . . moving forward I will baby my feet a little more:
I will keep them moisturized (dry skin is more prone to friction blisters).
I will check the inside of my shoes for fabric tears (the fabric rolls up and creates hot spots that even cushioned socks cannot compensate for).
I will apply body glide to my feet before every run.
It’s almost funny how much I am missing running. Two Saturday’s in a row with no long run and I’m experiencing some serious FOMO. Next Saturday we have a charity “6k for Water” (3.72 miles) followed by a six+ mile training run for a total of ten which means no half for me until the mileage jumps to fifteen miles two weeks from now on August 12th; it sounds like a lot but I know that I’ll be okay even though my current longest run is ten miles. I will continue to stick to the training schedule, STAY HYDRATED and will eat (fuel) responsibly.
but still a very productive week in the non-fitness realm. In fact I got so much stuff done I really have no excuse not to hit my three visit goal this week!
The one workout I had was very good and now I’m sore (not hurt) in all the right places. Because I’ve been fit before, I don’t mind these aches, I welcome them. I know that with them and repetition I will get stronger, and as I get stronger I’ll be able to accomplish more. There will be weeks where my professional or personal life may beat out pre-training but with each workout I manage to get in I’m all the more prepared for…..running *gasp*.
I have however been better with my meditation practice and the practice of “belly breathing” (which has always felt a little foreign to me unless I’m laying down so it requires practicing). Like many new runners I’ve been reading a lot, some stuff seems silly, other stuff makes sense. There was an article on breathing that first and foremost suggests belly breathing while running. No surprise to me, when you engage in belly breathing you breathe deeper, exercise your diaphragm and really fill your lungs; with continual practice your lungs stretch and begin to take in more air and actually function more efficiently. When you control your exhalations your body holds its form, where as when you inhale your muscles are more loose. So this breathing practice suggests that you inhale for two steps and exhale for three. By doing this you are alternating the foot that you exhale on and balancing out the loose vs controlled form during the impact of hitting the ground. Ultimately this is supposed to lead to more a consistent oxygen supply to your muscles (less fatigue) and less injuries since both sides of your body are receiving a “controlled” landing.
So yeah, sitting/breathing meditation may help me run a marathon :)