My Weekly Fitness Update
You’ll hear many cliches come from my mouth, two of which are “push through the pain” and “listen to your body.”
The problem is that many times those two cliches are contradictory. While you should push through the pain during an event, that’s not a smart move while training. Injuries tend to get worse and what could have been a couple days down can become much longer.
That’s what I’m facing right now. As I write this post, I’m taking a couple days off during a week I should be going very hard. After going 50.9 miles last week, I’ve developed some pain in my left leg all around the top of the leg and throughout my knee. I could push through it but I’m afraid it will just get worse and I’ll really screw up my marathon training, which I’m behind on as it is. Also there’s a hurricane coming our way, so my weekend long run is sure to get screwed up.
I know what you’re thinking. My fitness updates have been a rollercoaster. That’s how I feel, too. One week my body feels great. The next week week it feels broken. This week it feels somewhere in the middle. I feel great but I can tell something is happening with my leg and I just want to be careful.
Aside from the 50 miles last week, I lifted twice and hit two F3 bootcamps. This week I’ll be closer to 35 miles, 1 F3 bootcamp and 3 gym days.
Mentally, I’m in a good place. The weather feels better and I feel focused. Not running for a couple days is killing me because, for the first time in months, I actually really want to run.
I’m going to add more stretching into my daily routine. I’m hoping that will help the leg and prevent additional injury as I go hard for the fall and winter runs.
As for my goals, here’s where my mind is today:
Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon (November): I’m going to take it easy and treat it as a long training run with a goal of under 4 hours. I’m not going to stress about this one because I’m behind on my training. I’ll treat this as part of my training for the next runs.
Sweet Tea Half Marathon (November): This is the week after Savannah and I have a goal of absolutely crushing it and beating last year’s time of 1:43:27 (7:53 pace)
Kiawah Marathon (December): I’m going hard here. I want a 3:45 race.
Charleston Marathon (January): I’m going hard here, too. I want a 3:40 race.
Asheville Marathon (March): I’m shooting for 3:30.
P200 Ultra (March): Just ten days after Asheville, this is one of my favorite races of the year. I’ll be doing another six-man ultra team with a goal of beating last year’s time.
I should also note that I have a GORUCK Heavy in February also.
Thanks for reading!