This probably isn’t going to be a very happy post, just a forewarning.

I’m frustrated. Sad. Depressed. Annoyed. Etc.

Things are getting better with my quad/knee, but it’s taking quite a bit of time. I’m still not 100% and the NYC Marathon is a little over 5 weeks away.

• I ran 15 miles on August 31st. That was my longest training run and it was almost 4 weeks ago now.

• I’ve been recovering the whole month of September and I’ve run a total of 5 times. Anywhere from 1 mile to 10 miles.

• I ran 10 miles this past Sunday and my leg felt great, it felt about 95% the whole run.

• I’ve been going to physical therapy twice a week.

This week hasn’t been the greatest. My leg feels okay, but I feel like it regressed a bit after running those 10 miles. I don’t regret running those 10 miles, I needed to do them. At that point, I needed to know where I was.

I either take the risk and run long and hope for the best or keep not running and definitely not run the NYCM.

This injury is really fucking with me. I feel so up and down about it all the time. I have no idea what to do. I knew immediately to throw my goal of sub 4 out the window and I was fine with just finishing this damn race, but now at this point, I don’t even know if that’s possible. To say the least, it’s depressing.

I know it’s just a race, but for those who don’t know, this is the 3rd New York City Marathon in a row that I am unable to run. 2012, canceled. 2013, stress fracture. And now, 2014, who the fuck knows. Maybe I can still run, but I’m having a very hard time staying positive.

And to make things worse, I’m getting sick. The plan was/is to try and run 14 miles this weekend, but I have no idea how my leg is going to feel or if I’m going to be down and out with a severe cold.

I’m going up to NH tonight for a wedding this weekend, so I’m probably going to attempt those 14 miles tomorrow. My leg feels bad today, maybe because of the weather? Honestly though, I feel like these 14 miles are going to be a make it break it thing, since I’m kind of running out of time.

My training plan is sad and it kills me to look at it. :(

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PS. My schedule here is a mess and a mix of the old plan vs. the maybe future plan. It’s definitely not what I’m going to be running at all, so just ignore it.

I’ve stopped writing updates about training because my training kind of went to shit in the last couple weeks. And rather than give you all the boring details and timeline of everything, I’ll just give you some bullet points.

Training update:

•I have a quad strain.

•I haven’t run in over a week.

•I’ve been going to PT for it.

•It’s been very hard to stay positive.

 

Also, some general life updates for ya!

•I’ve picked up a 2nd job at a Beer and Cheese shop, 2 blocks from my apartment!

•I start tomorrow.

•I’m going to be working a lot between these 2 jobs, so maybe I’ll actually make some real money.

•My job description: pouring beer, talking to customers about beer, and tasting beer i.e. #dreamjob

•Also, I can teach you how to get a job without showering and without a resume. ;)

 

I’ll be sure to pop in and blog again when I have an update on my quad. Until then, trying not to be depressed.

The cumulative fatigue that Hansons Marathon Method is based around is definitely starting to kick in. I cannot wait for my rest day on Wednesday!

Here is what week 8 looked like on the Hansons plan.

Monday: 3 easy miles

Had 6 on the plan, but we got home from Vermont at 8:30pm and there was no way I was going to run 6 miles after that, but I managed to get out for 3.

Tuesday: 6 x 800 w/ 400 meter rest and 2 mile w/u and c/d, 8.5 miles total

Goal for 800s = 3:55

Actual splits: 3:53, 3:55, 3:50, 3:55, 3:51, 3:50

800s are my favorite! This workout flew by and I really enjoyed it, it felt appropriately tough, but doable. I also love that I don’t have the same workout scheduled more than once in my plan. I only have 2 more weeks of speedwork and then I move onto the ‘Strength’ workouts on Tuesdays.

There’s always a great view of the sunset at the park/track, but I never bring my phone, especially during a track workout. But, it usually looks exactly like this!

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Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 7.5 easy miles with my friend, Zach

Thursdays are usually Tempo runs, but I decided to skip it this week, since I raced 100 on 100 over the weekend and definitely ran faster than what I had on my schedule.

Friday: 5 easy miles in the morning

I can’t run in the morning, my legs felt awful and this was a ride on the struggle bus for sure.

Saturday: 6.5 easy miles with Zach

Sunday: 10.5 miles at long run pace

This was my first long run scheduled for long run pace, so I was a bit nervous, but I ended up nailing it. My scheduled pace is 9:38 and I ran mostly consistent splits and ended up with an overall average of 9:35!

I also ran over the Queensboro bridge twice, I’m trying to get as many hills as possible under these legs.

Total: 41 miles

I’ve definitely reached the point in training where everything hurts. I have so many aches and pains and I focus every day on stretching and rolling out any tight muscles that I have. My knees have been a bit cranky, my feet hurt a bit, and even the insides of my ankles. I’m thinking some of these might be due to worn out shoes? I have a pair of Hokas that have about 400 miles on them, my other pair of the same model lasted about 550 miles, so I’m not sure what the deal is.

10 weeks to go!