As I told Coach John yesterday, I almost feel like a real runner again. The Achilles is still doing pretty well and I managed to have five pretty decent runs last week. That gives me hope that this whole spring marathon thing can still happen, and if it does it’s going to this one:
Grad school graduation is May 22 (holla!), so it doesn’t really make sense to run a marathon beforehand because I’ll probably be scrambling to finish my thesis and study for finals. I’ll be going to Buffalo the weekend of the 26th anyways for my Dad’s 60th birthday, so I may as well run a marathon while I’m there. It helps that the race is pretty flat and I think fairly fast.
So now that I’ve got that all figured out, I’m trying not to panic that the race is less than 4 months away (!!). I looked back at my training log from NYCM/Philly training in the summer/fall, and if this week goes as planned I’m actually in pretty good shape if comparing the two training cycles. I’ve still been a little concerned about my lack of long runs lately, but last July I was only doing around 11-14 and still had plenty of time to build up and feel ready for the race. Coach John is not a fan of doing really long runs this early in training, and since I made it through last fall uninjured and had a pretty decent marathon, I guess he knows what he’s talking about.
I ran 10 miles for my “long run” on Saturday, and the Achilles felt great.
I know I’m still healing, so I’m trying to take training day by day for right now and keep up with the icing, Dr. Levine visits and PT exercises. Here’s how the rest of last week looked:
- Monday: 6 miles easy
- Tuesday: spin class + elliptical, lifting
- Wednesday: 7 miles easy
- Thursday: 6.6 miles easy
- Friday: spin class + elliptical, corework
- Saturday: 10 miles
- Sunday: 5.4 miles easy
Total: 35 miles
I didn’t take a day off (oops), and the legs were definitely feeling tired by the time Sunday rolled around. I’m resting today by spending multiple hours sitting on my bum at the library and at class, so hopefully I’ll be ready for my first workout since January 1 tomorrow.
I’ve been hesitant to talk about my marathon plans much because I’m so nervous it won’t work out (current spring marathon track record = Injuries: 3, Kelly: 0). Kind of similar how I no longer want to talk about my RD job search, potential prospects and “things that may be happening” – I guess I’m getting pretty superstitious in my old age. But there’s nothing worse than getting all excited about something – potential job, marathon, love interest – just to be really disappointed at the end.
I’m curious: do you hold back from talking or getting excited about things because you’re scared they won’t work out? No? Why or why not?