Tuesday, April 1 (26 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)April Fool! My left leg is being an ass--it's an anatomical miracle, but not a particularly happy one. I've been "recovering" from what is probably an overuse injury in my thigh (gracilis, iliopsoas, piriformis, for those who need detail) for the last three or four weeks. To be more accurate, I've spent a couple of weeks in denial and a couple attempting to cooperate with recovery. I'm slower and weaker than I was a month ago, and it's completely frustrating. Two weeks ago, I ran 20 miles. Today, I set out to run 10 miles after work but only made it to seven with a combination of slow running and walking. I'm telling myself not to panic.
I'm walking/running a tricky tightrope between not getting enough rest to recover and getting too much and losing fitness. I keep declaring I will run this damn thing, but I confess to some tearful moments when I'm not sure I believe me. Some of my friends can't fathom why I'm still heading toward my goal. The runners understand, but I get that it looks crazy to others. All I can say is running has become a part of me over the last seven months. It's a relationship, and it's given me way more than I've given it. I've failed enough at relationships in the past to try something other than throwing in the towel this time around. Running and I are going through a rough patch; that's all. I'm confident we'll find a way to work through it, fall back in love again. Some of the excitement and shiny romance is admittedly a little worn of late, but these things go in waves, right? I'm holding out for the next one.
Meanwhile, I've decided to live the 26 days before the 26 miles OUT LOUD here on my blog. It's an adventure--a story I don't get to clean up after the fact or tell in the light of how it ended. Of course, I'm telling you now, it's ending with a great big shiny medal, but hey. Just you wait!
Wednesday, April 2 (25 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)
An evening of rest: no running, no yoga, no swimming, no cycling, and definitely no worrying.
Tonight, I prescribe myself a three-dollar bottle of Chardonnay from the 7-11, a big bowl of Pho, some mindless Netflix, and a lot of sleep. No thinking allowed.
As my namesake famously said, "Tomorrow is another day."
Thursday, April 3 (24 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Who knew resting would be so hard? Watched an entire 6-episode series on Netflix after work. Finally get to see a physio tomorrow. Answers please! Here's hoping she's the type that understands runners.
Friday, April 4 (23 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Finally got to see a physio today. I turned up for my appointment in full runner gear with my DRC backpack
|"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner|
of thing shall be well." --Julian of Norwich
Saturday, April 5 (22 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)My pace group has 22 miles on the plan--the longest training run before the marathon. I'm missing it because I'm sure I can't go that far yet. Resting before a planned long run tomorrow: yoga and the DMA.
Sunday, April 6 (21 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Persistent rain ruined my plans. I don't mind getting a bit wet, but beginning and ending a long run in a downpour? Not so much. In the end, I went to the gym for 11 miles on the elliptical and a mile of swimming. Just trying to hang onto my fitness for the race. Hope to run tomorrow...
Monday, April 7 (20 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)
Tuesday, April 8 (19 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Rest day.
Wednesday, April 9 (18 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Physio before work and yoga after. Crazily thought I could also run tonight, but a quarter mile in, I realized that was stupid and took my achey hips home. Failed at the run but succeeded in not pushing myself to injury, so there's that!
Thursday, April 10 (17 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Planned to run tonight but got stung on the head by a bee at the community garden and then collapsed under the weight of painkillers and benadryl. Oops!
Friday, April 11 (16 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Ran a few loops of the track at college after my morning meeting. Seven easy miles. I don't have the speed I had before I got injured, but things are definitely improving. I could have run longer but am saving myself for what I hope will be 15 on Sunday.
I haven't seen the movie, Frozen,but the chorus of this song (below) has become my mantra as I try to let go of my time goals for the marathon that's only two weeks away now.
Just finishing a first marathon upright should be enough for someone who only started running eight months ago, but I wanted that 4:40 time so bad. At this point, coming back from injury but not quite there yet, finishing in anything under five hours would still feel pretty fantastic, but I know what I should really do is let that goal go too. Of course, knowing what I should do and actually doing it are two completely different things. Maybe if I say it to myself often enough I'll start to get it... or not. Let it go... Let it go... Let it go...
Saturday, April 12 (15 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)My pace group have 17 miles planned, but I'm taking a rest day before my long run tomorrow.
Sunday, April 13 (14 days to Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon)Ran 14 soggy miles (one for each of the days left before Oklahoma City), the last few in a thunderstorm. I come from a family of dogged people.
...ahem! Ran out of steam for the blog (but not for the race) right about here...