Sunday, March 20, 2016

Grandma's Marathon Training Week 6: Complete


 Grandma's Marathon Training
Week 6: Complete


Well, there's no way to sugar coat this week.  It SUCKED!  Other than the awesome Hot Dash 10 Mile on Saturday, everything else was pretty much awful.

Week 5 of training I pushed myself hard in my workouts.   Unfortunately, I think that I injured my upper quad muscle during my sprints and tempo run.   Therefore, this week my training was next to nothing!  *sigh

I am feeling all sorts of emotions about it.   It's funny how your mind and body miss routine and OH LORD... how I miss routine.  I don't feel complete when I'm not running. 


I feel guilty for not running.  I feel guilty FOR running.  I feel guilty for sleeping in and not doing "other" workouts.  I feel totally pissed off that I'm the one that's injured and no-one else.  I realize that is completely ridiculous, I know others are dealing with injuries too.  Just emotion.  You know? 

I feel like I'm letting my girls down.  I feel like I'm letting my trainer down.  I feel like - "hey, it's ok... I have 90 days until Grandma's" - I'll be fine.  I try not to hold on to one emotion for too long or it drives me crazy.

Day ONE: 

I knew something was wrong when on Monday morning's run it took me a good 1/4 mile to warm up. I started with a bit of a limp or hitch in my step on my run and knew that something wasn't quite right.  It happened to be hill repeat day and during the uphill, my quad felt pretty good.  It really wasn't an awful run.  It was warm and a bit rainy - I will take anything besides snow! :)  I was happy with the end result of the run.  However, afterwards I was pretty sore the rest of the day.  Coach Susan ordered a few days off!


Day TWO & THREE: 

No working out.  I will say the sleeping in was amazing!

Day FOUR:  

Stopped at the gym for some weights - and silly me HAD to jump on the treadmill.  God for bid I give myself a bit more time to recover.  3 easy miles on the mill.  Leg felt about the same post run as after Monday's workout.

Day FIVE: 

Another rest day.

Day SIX: 

RACE DAY! Wahoo!  I was supposed to have 15 miles on plan today - with 10 miles being race miles and 5 miles for the marathon miles.  I decided a few days prior that I'd just run the race instead.  The race was so much fun! I've already recapped on the blog - here's the link if you want to read all about it! :) 

Long and short of it - I busted out after 3 slow miles.  I just couldn't take it anymore, so I took off and paced about 8:20's the last 7 miles.  It felt awesome! 


Today as I write this I'm nursing general leg soreness, which is OK.   I feel my quad... more sore walking up steps which I find sort of weird.  It was cold and damp on the run, so my muscles are sore pretty much all over.  I've popped quite a few Ibuprofen already today to ease the discomfort and I'm contemplating my week 7 of training.  My heart says just run and run slow - maybe take out sprints and tempo and just run.  My head is telling me different.  What do I do?  I don't want to injure myself into a difficult recovery.  I feel like this quad "pain-in-my-ass" will go away fairly quickly if I just rest.  Maybe a week?   But it will kill me.

How was everyone else's week?  I'm linking with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap!  Follow along and comment!  We love to hear from you!


14 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! So many of us have had a bad week of training. Is there something in the water? The air? Misery just loves this company. Hopefully next week will be epic for all of us!

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    1. Here's to hoping! Crossing my fingers and wearing my bracelet daily! :)

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  2. Oh no! We all have weeks like that, so best to put it behind you. If it were me, I'd definitely play it safe with slow, easy runs or cross-training. Here's to a better week!

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  3. Hah! I am right there with you. At least we can relate! Yes, a week off would be good, even if it kills you. Trying to talk myself into the same thing. :-(

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    1. Trying to convince our brains of that is the difficult part! If you want a happy mamma, you better let her run! :)

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  4. You nailed it. "I don't feel complete when I'm not running." That is exactly why I had my little tantrum this week. I couldn't run like I wanted. If I have one more injury any time soon, I'm worried about my sanity. LOL. I hope your quad heals quickly. I know it's hard to rest, but usually quicker for recovery in the long run. Here's to a better week. Good luck! Thanks for linking with us Gina.

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    1. I know your right - will you just tell my brain that please???? :)

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  5. Sorry to hear about your quad. Maintaining that sweet spot in running is so tough. You feel great so you push and then?? Ugh. I know it's tough mentally but try to rest it. Hang in there!

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    1. Such good advice - I never really thought about a sweet spot... but you're so right Marcia!

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  6. Oh my goodness, all the emotions you mention are what I have been feeling lately. It sucks to go through an injury, but easing back in to running is hard too.My Piriformis has been a PITA (no pun intended) and I hope by the time I get to London for the marathon next month it will be healed. Glad you had a great run with those fast 7 miles. Going to read your recap now!

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  7. Well awesome your race!! You banged it out and enjoyed it :)
    I feel ya on the quad, it it so hard being out. I can not tell how much I have struggled these past three months. I would ice after work all over the top of your leg and alternate some heat and try to give it two days break. GO lift upper body! Hopefully after a few days rest an easy run won't hurt the quad. Hang in there! I know it sucks and it is hard to know when to stop and when to push... I am cheering for you, no matter what you decide!

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  8. Way to get through a tough week! Injuries suck! Congrats on your race!

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  9. I can tell you one thing, this has been THE week of bad weeks for a lot of us! Let's chalk it up and start over fresh! Take care of the legs and great job on your race! Appreciate you linking up with us!

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  10. It's always a fine line between letting injuries heal and wanting to keep training!

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