NYC Marathon Training : Week 8
Sorry for the late submission. Things have been BUSY in a good way and getting this post up was not winning the battle against whatever else I had planned. Victory for being social during marathon training!
Monday - Cross Training - REST – As I noted in last weeks post, I was unsure of what was going on with my ribs other than the fact that they hurt more after my Sunday long run. I took the rest day and proceeded to get paranoid.
Tuesday – 4 Miles - REST – After reading some responses from you guys and talking to my friends, I decided a trip to the doctor was in order. I ran out of time on Tuesday (and didn’t feel like going to Urgent Care) and decided it wasn’t going to hurt to wait another day. I went to bed crossing my fingers I would wake up Wednesday healed.
Wednesday – 7 Miles – REST – Doctors Visit – Well, my hopes of feeling better vanished as soon as I woke up Wednesday. I was still having a difficult time breathing and a constant feeling like I ate too much, even though I hadn’t eaten anything. I took a half day at work and headed to see a Orthopedist. I am completely clueless when it comes to using insurance, I didn’t know if I should be going to urgent care or straight to a specialist, Google told me the latter so I called and made an appointment since it was a huge difference in my co-pay between a doctors visit and urgent care. I was happy when they checked me in and told me they would be taking x-rays. After a lot of waiting the doctor came in and said he had studied the x-rays and didn’t see any breaks. RELIEF. So I launched a Q and A with him about everything I was feeling and my goals for NYC and he said to take it easy and listen to my body. He also said that it was ok to test my limits but to not push myself. The diagnosis was that I have a bruised rib and that there was definitely some muscle/nerve damage but that every bit of discomfort I was feeling was “normal”. The news made me so happy and grateful, it meant that I wouldn’t have to take an extended break and marathon training was still on. I decided to take the advice of the doctor and rest one more day before hitting the trail…slowly.
Thursday – 4 Miles - I hit the trail with my buddy and we took it very easy. It felt good to be running and my legs felt strong from the 4 days (in hours) worth of rest. My lungs and ribs still hurt but knowing that I didn’t have a break and I couldn’t do anything life threatening to myself was a huge relief. My friend usually only runs 3.5 miles on Thursday with me and that is usually his longest run but I suckered him into doing 4.5…he was dying at about mile 4 but he fought through it and was happy once it was all over. 4.55 miles @ 9:53 pace. After the run I decided to set up my projector in the courtyard of my building since it was so nice out and watched License To Drive with a few friends. It was pretty relaxing and I still got to bed by 10:30!
Friday - REST - Since I had taken the extra days off I wanted to try to make up a little mileage so I decided to hit the trail again for another 4.5. This run went a little better than the day before and I settled in at a slightly faster pace. 4.50 miles @ 9:05 pace.
Saturday – 7 Miles - I didn’t get out on my run until around 9am and the heat was already kicking in so I decided to be flexible. There is a fairly easy trail route that hits 6 miles so I opted for that. I didn’t feel like I was skimping too much since I ran an extra half mile the two previous days and because I wanted to take it easy still. The run went well but it was hot and I was thankful it when it ended. 6 miles @8:25 pace. Did I mention how much I love my Saturday morning routine…trail run followed by delicious breakfast while sitting outside of my favorite spot!
Sunday –15 Miles - I made my water drops the night before so that way I could guarantee myself the earliest possible start run without being crazy. The problem is that after I made my water drops I met some friends for a drink at my favorite cocktail bar. One of my friends just got back from a 3 month hike from California to Oregon so we all got together to welcome her back. We got there around 7:30 and I told everyone that I was going to be leaving no later than 9:30. Everything went well, one drink turned into two and I walked out the door at 9:45. Very responsible of me, sorta. The second drink was probably one too many, not because I was drunk or anything like that, but it was messing with my body when I tried to fall asleep 45 minutes after drinking it. My body was working through the alcohol as I slept and I kept waking up sweaty which was super annoying. I had a pretty terrible nights sleep even though I was in bed at 10:30 and didn’t wake up until 6:30. I woke up, hydrated, ate a Stinger Waffle, a banana, some peanut butter and prepared for my run. I promised myself I would take walking breaks every 5-6 miles or whenever needed, this was really hard to stick to but at mile 5 I was walking. Once I felt completely relaxed I started up again. At mile 12 I was hot and having a little bit of difficulty with my ribs so I decided to walk again just to be safe. At mile 13 there is a large hill where I stashed a bottle so I decided to walk once it flattened out. After that it was somewhat smooth sailing to the finish. I got home, iced the ribs, re-hydrated and then sat on my ass pretty much the rest of the day. 15 miles@9:09 pace. No aggravations to report due to the long run so all was well.
Summary : Overall an up and down week. I am minus 7 miles overall for the week which hurts the ego but the rational side of me says better than being weeks behind. I felt like I was improving each day although I still had that feeling of indigestion which was extremely annoying and muscle pain. I am glad I made it through my 15 miler unscathed and I am glad to have a light week to recover! I also hope to be able to do Yoga again in about two weeks…I sorely miss the mat.