You may think from the title, she’s had a couple of rough weeks of marathon training. Not so, just some minor maintenance issues. The chain had me off the bike for a little over a week. I had to order the chain, so that delayed getting it replaced. As for the blisters and actually one lost toenail, those did not slow me down. The blisters are now healing and the toenail is slowly growing back. Other than that, I have been running injury free.
My main focus has been getting the long run done, usually on Monday. Everything else seems to revolve around that. The last few weeks have been 10, 15, and then 16 miles earlier this week. Haven’t checked the schedule, but I think I’ll be running 17 on Monday. The 10 mile was tough mainly because of the heat. I don’t recall ever sweating so much! On all runs, the last 1-2 miles have been a struggle. I had been a little frustrated with how slow I am running, wondering if I can even get a sub 5 pace for the race. I do test my speed from time to time. It is still there, but doesn’t really come through on these long runs. A friend gave me a good tip:
” Just get through the distance, the speed will follow.” This has helped me regain my perspective. Even though I have been a runner for over 20 years, I am incredible new to marathons and really long distance running. Still not sure if a sprinter can transform into a marathon runner!
As for the rest of the week, I have been getting 1-2 medium bikes, 1-2 3 mile tempo runs, indoor barefoot form running, yoga, and have now resumed Pilates. Even though I probably should be getting a little more mileage each week, this formula has been working as far as staying healthy. I think I will stick to it. Once I start the taper on my long runs the last few weeks, I will probably increase those shorter runs to where they should be.
Refueling is still up in the air. My stomach is dictating my choices. For awhile, the pretzels seemed to work, but they are not enough as I go longer. I tried the sticky bites portables (rice, bittersweet chocolate chips). I handled these well. I think what I am noticing is that I may need a variety. That last part of the run, I am getting a little nauseated and not really wanting to eat what I have—wishing that I had something else. I am still drinking only water. I need to figure out something that my stomach will tolerate. I am not sure whether or not I will take the enduralytes as I did in the last marathon. I will start figuring this out this week and hopefully have enough time to get it finalized before the race.
My refuel of choice after my long runs has been a Mountain Dew and a plain hamburger. This is bizarre, but I feel like a champ after consuming it. I never drink anything carbonated, much less anything loaded with sugar. I am not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but do not consume very much red meat. So very sorry cows, but that is what I have been craving. Hoping that will change!
As always, run happy!