Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chicago training day number SIX

It's week two of marathon training. This is getting intense. (sort of.) I ran more last week than I have in a while, so I was a little worried about how my body would react. It doesn't help that my job is fairly physical, too. I do a lot of walking and lifting... and pushing carts and whatnot. So, when I rest from running, my body is still on the go much of the time.

Today, I had a three mile "easy" run. My goal was to do 13-14 minute miles. I ran with Katherine, which sometimes slows my pace, because we talk a lot. When we talk, I take more walk breaks than I really need to... I ended up on pace for the first two miles, but I started fighting some really intense pain in my right thigh. I tried to push through (I know, I know, bad idea.), but it got really bad when I was at about mile 2.35 or so. I had to walk the rest of the way home, which really frustrated me. It almost feels like I pulled something, but I'm really hoping that it was just a fluke and that I can get back to training again. I'll be really sad if I've screwed myself over.

Chicago is such a big deal to me. I have run two full marathons, but they were both at Disney. I feel like Chicago is going to be a completely different ball game and I want to be able to do my best. I'm so nervous about it. I don't want a running injury to screw up my training and, thus, screw up my experience. I'm not sure what to do.

I think that I'm going to try to run tomorrow and see what happens. I'm going to take it easy and not try to push it too hard.

(especially with Tropical Storm Debby finally leaving... I'd like to experience some sunshine.)

Goal: 1000 miles/366 days
So far: 273.94 miles/178 days
To go: 726.06 miles/188 days


  1. Cross-train!!! Never run when you already know something is hurting. Yoga, swimming, or cycling will all move you forward in your training while giving your injury a chance to recover. The two biggest mistakes I've made in training are 1) running even when I'm hurt, and 2) failing to cross-train when I do get myself to take time off.

    No matter what you do, I hope you feel better!

  2. I agree with colleen that you shouldn't forget cross training. Does your plan account for cross trainging days or is it only run or off? I think since it was such a short run it was okay to push through and then if you were having pain today you would need to cut it short. I know you said today you weren't having pain so I guess it worked out!