“You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”
First things first. Congratulations to LISA JONES! You won the Foot Kinetics Run Goo Giveaway this week. Yep, we’re gonna do it again! Another week, another chance to win some goo! Here’s your official entry!
So many conflicting things going on in my life right now. I’m not sure if I’m being tested or if the shit is just all hitting the fan at one time. Maybe I just need to change my perspective?
It all started out pretty good…especially the running part. I feel like I’m back on track. I picked up with Hal’s Boston Bound program right where I left off. I didn’t try to make up the week that I missed. I just moved on. I didn’t quite get the long run on Sunday that I should have, but I took it as a sign that it was good enough. Every run this week has gotten significantly better. And I notice that the worst pain I have with my leg occurs on Friday and Saturday evenings when my husband and I park it in front of the TV to catch up on some missed programming. I’m going to have to figure out a new way to watch TV. And it might be on the floor with the dogs. It’s a good thing we only watch a few hours twice a week or else I think I’d have a real problem.
Boston Marathon Training Week 6
Sunday – Run for 1:40:00
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I only ran 75 minutes this day. And yes, it was a treadmill run. But after the high of just being able to run at all, I was overwhelmingly pleased. All of my exercises and stretches are helping with the leg pain. I’m beyond estatic. I started with a 6.0 pace and worked my way up to marathon pace by minute 70. I planned to finish out there, but I had to abort due to some family issues.
Monday – 5 Mile Run
Again, done on a treadmill. This is to be the last of the cold days for a while. And although it was probably warm enough for me to run outside, the roads still aren’t clear enough. I’ll wait it out. I amped this run up just a little bit, working up to and running at marathon pace.
Tuesday – 7 Mile Run
On the road again! Yes! Took it outside, although I had to drive to get to a place where I could run. I had to scope the roads out ahead of time and found a place about 3 miles out from my home. I’d have to run back and forth on a 1.5 mile stretch of road, but that is A.O.K by me. I had a little pinching pain in that inner left thigh, but after a mile or so, it faded. And I had to concentrate on my form lest it sneak back. Running is becoming hard work, because I have to work on that form. If it is correct, clearly the pain subsides. My pace pays for it a little bit, but that is OK. I’m running…and I’m happy!
This day was to be a speed work day, but I decided to just pick up the pace rather than do intervals. The quick speed changes seem to irritate the leg. I also tried out my Ravenna 5′s. Still a bit unsure about them. This probably wasn’t the best day to give them a test drive. And I’ll still have to give them another chance. I like them a lot. But I just like my Brooks Pure Cadence more.
Wednesday – 5 Mile Run
Outside AGAIN! Bonus! I was a bit stiff from Tuesday’s run, and the added P90X Back and Biceps workout. Again, the left leg tested me for about a mile, but I fell into the run quickly after that. Taking the time to press out that leg afterwards makes all the difference. I’m feeling greatly relieved today!
Thursday – 8 Mile Run
I was looking forward to getting outside for this run. It was supposed to warm up today, but the wind was brisk out of the south and really added to the strain of the run. The good thing about running up hill and into the wind for the first half is that it helps me to control my pace…a lot! It made coming home that much better…and faster. Overall, a good run. Not a stitch of pain, but I was a bit tight and my butt a bit sore. This tells me I’m starting to engage my glutes more than I did before if my butt is sore after a good run.
Friday – Rest Day
I did not run today. But I did do P90X Chest and Back and some Bosu Ball exercises that I got from my PT this morning. She is so relieved to hear I’m running again as well, and although she wasn’t too sure about that doorway stretch when I first e-mailed it to her, she is on board now. If it helps, do it.
Saturday – 8 Mile Run at Marathon Pace
Today was a scheduled Virtual 5K that I signed up for back in January. My thought was to get out there early today and get it done, but we have had a lot of personal issues here at home that forced me to put it off until noon. I don’t like running that late, especially if it is something timed, but I did it anyway. I drove out to a rather flat area (I should say relatively flat, because it wasn’t nearly flat enough) and ran a fast 5K first. It whooped me, I’ll admit. And I had to walk about a half mile just to get my breath back and my heart rate down to 110. Once I got there though, I eased into a slow jog after restarting my Runmeter and my Garmin. I finished out the 8 miles with a 5 mile run. Nice and easy and a bit slower than marathon pace. But that is OK. It felt so good to be outside. The temperature was in the mid 20s and the sun was shining brightly. It was perfect, really. And it helped me to air out a few frustrations that have haunted me this week. I won’t bore you with the details…but I think you know what I mean.
Tomorrow I’m scheduled to run 18 miles. At first, I was dreading this. But they say 40° tomorrow with plenty of sunshine. I think it might be just perfect for this run. My plan is just to go as far as I can…at a 9:00 pace or so. I don’t want to over do it. I just want to see what the leg can handle, and maybe test out some fueling foods. EnergyBits will be coming along with me, for certain, but I’m wanting to test some UCan Super Starch as well. Still haven’t decided on footwear yet, but the more I test new sneakers, the more I come back to my original Brooks Pure Cadence. I have a brand new pair that I’ll wear in about two weeks prior to Boston and I’ll take them with me to run in. They are the best sneaker for me for these longer runs.
Wish me luck!
Stay tuned, too. I have some product reviews coming up. And since life is starting to get a wee bit crazy, Training Tip Tuesday will take a little hiatus until I can get things back on track. But as always, I appreciate your support and you coming here to read my blog.
What are you training for now? How is that training coming along? Are you following a program or just making it up as you go along?
It’s darn near miraculous. Honest to goodness. I’m still pinching myself, because in the blink of an eye…and knock on wood…I’m back!
Sound crazy? I’ll piece it together for you.
Friday was my PT appointment. If I can tell you what a God awful morning it was. Things on the home front were not good. I hadn’t run for 9 days, yet still was miserable as hell. My leg would not stop complaining. I was not looking forward to what might be said at that appointment, yet at the same time, I needed some kind of reassurance. I have to admit that there were several times this week I considered withdrawing from Boston. I’d have to commit to paying for the hotel rooms in just two weeks, so a decision would have to be made. Not only that, but the Team Ortho Get Lucky Half Marathon that I committed to is coming up at the same time, and would need some reconsideration. Everything inside me had literally come to a screeching halt. I was unhappy, miserable, and so far down…almost as low as the Minnesota temperature has been. Below Zero. (Insert gratuitous Minnesota temperature shot from this morning.)
My PT was not happy that I had not been running. “You need to run, Theresa.” And here is why.
She said I have to help make room in that hip socket. The more I run and gouge out some space in there, the less the pressure will be on that labrum wall. And with that, the less discomfort I will have. “But, how can I run if it hurts?” I asked.
Visualization. Sounds crazy. But I need to visualize that joint carving out some space in that socket as I run. Running is the best way to achieve it, too. Not walking, and definitely not biking. But running.
“The fact that you can do a 16-mile training run and feel better at the end than at the start tells me that you will not only be able to run this marathon, but get darn close to your hopeful time. I have no doubt in my mind that you will whip this run,” she told me. “The worst thing you can do now is nothing. And don’t sit. At least, if it is not necessary. And no more exercise bike.”
After performing a few adjustments and giving me the biggest pep talk ever, I decided that I needed to go home and give it a try. I took the remainder of the morning to run some errands…staying on my feet as much as possible. When I returned home, I did P90X Chest and Back, and feeling better than ever, headed for the treadmill.
I looked at it. It looked back at me. I swear it snarled. No watch, no Garmin. I’m just going to do this. I’m going to see if I can do this.
Set the damn thing for 3 miles. Start off slow, Theresa…4.5 mph. OK, this is TOO slow. Speed it up just a little. I’ll work my way up to 5.5. Visualize. I’m sitting back on my hips. My feet are landing beneath my body, not in front. That joint is carving out room in the socket. Whoa. I’m standing taller. My chest is in the air. What is this? Has my form been off this entire time? Have I completely missed the the boat these last 8 months? What has happened?
Suddenly, I’m taking deep breaths. My vision is straight ahead instead of down. My glutes are engaged, my core is contracted and there is…no…leg…pain. Dear God in Heaven…seriously?
My sister, (the other PT in my life) sends me this e-mail while I’m running. “Check this out,” she says. “What perfect timing!” It’s an article from the Ben Greenfield Podcast talking about SI joint dysfunction issues and how to cure them. One exercise immediately attracts my attention and after my run, I try it.
It’s the one in the doorway. 8 Second press, 5 second rest, repeat 3 x, each leg. When I’m done, I’m physically cured. Nothing…nada…no leg pain. It’s too good to be true, right?
I e-mail the exercises to my PT. I don’t get a response. But I do them anyway and add them to my repertoire. I do get a little tinge of pain Friday night, but I’m sitting on the soft sofa. Not a good thing for me. So I get up and get in the doorway again. Dang, it cures it.
Saturday morning, I’m almost giddy. I cannot WAIT to try to run again. I need to see if it is a fluke or if I’ve really stumbled on something huge here. I set the treadmill for 3 miles and I feel a little radical. I start a bit faster and work my way up to 6.5 mph. I visualize the whole way. Sit back on those hips, fire those glutes. Look straight ahead. Imagine carving out that hip socket. Yes! I’m running! I’m running and I have NO pain! I run 15 minutes, then hop off the treadmill and get back in the doorway. When I get back on to finish the run, I feel better yet. It is like the miracle cure.
I do my exercises after the run then I mop my floor and clean my kitchen. I just want to stay mobile and on my feet. I cannot believe how mobile I am. I really feel great and consider another afternoon trot on the treadmill. But the day gets away from me. And that is OK. The only fly in the ointment? A long car ride. I had to take to pick up my girls and drop off their friend. Darn it…discomfort creeps back into that leg. But as soon as I get home, I get in that doorway. Phoooooom. It’s gone.
Then this comes in the mail. It’s my award for placing first in my age group at the Polar Dash. It says “Champion”. I’m a champion! Why, yes…yes I am. And why would I ever doubt that?
This morning, Hal says to run 100 minutes or 13 miles. Hmmmm. Do I dare? My treadmill maxes out at 90 minutes or 10 miles. I do a little warm up walk for 5 minutes. Then I set it for 90 minutes starting at 5.5 mph. Let’s see what I can do.
Visualize. I can’t believe how well that is working. It changes my gait…it lifts my chest, it raises my chin. It releases the discomfort in the leg. I keep running. Very comfortably increasing the pace ever so slowly so I’m up to about 6.5 at the half hour. I step off and get in the doorway…just in case. Back on the treadmill and I feel better than when I started. Visualize…I slowly up my pace to 7.0 the next half hour. I’ve run 6.5 miles this hour. Not the speediest for me, but so amazingly comfortable. I can’t believe I’ve just run 6.5 miles. I get off and get in the doorway again, just for good luck. Then, I keep going. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to finish out the 90 minutes. I work my way up to marathon pace at 75 minutes and I’m doing exceedingly well. I can feel the color rushing back into my face. For the first time in MONTHS, I’m feeling the same confidence that my PT has in me. I CAN run this thing! I WILL be able to run this half marathon in two weeks. I’ve figured out the SECRET!
But, then the phone rings. My husband is off site and needs something. I need to stop. But you know what? That is OK. I take it as a sign to stop while I’m ahead. After all, I’m just off a recovery week. And 8 miles in 75 minutes with NO discomfort is like finding the pot of gold. I’ve found the pot of gold!
Do I sound giddy? I am. I’m so freakin’ giddy. I’m back…gosh dang it…I’m back! (Insert gratuitous back shot here.)
Funny that I chose this week to photograph my back and show it off on Facebook. It just adds to the miraculousness of the entire weekend.
And I’d like to thank each and every one of you who messaged me, or e-mailed me, or texted me, showing more faith in me than I had in myself. It means more than you will ever know. And know that if you are ever in the same situation, I’ll have your back.
What is the most miraculous thing that ever happened to you?
Congratulations to Tiffin Filion for winning a tube of Run Goo from Foot Kinetics! And guess what? My buds there said, “Hey! This was so stinkin’ successful, let’s do it again!” Yep, you get another chance to win a tube of Run Goo! Here is your opportunity to enter. Don’t miss it this time.