Pumpkin’s Fargo Marathon Training Log: Week 12

Happy Monday!

Last week had some bumps in the road. After 11 relatively seamless weeks, week 12 kicked my butt! I started the week with my first chiropractor visit since training began to address some tightness in my glute muscle. Naturally, by the time I got to the chiro that afternoon, the muscles had loosened up. Felt good to get an adjustment though! My chiro is great and has worked with me through several different injuries over the past couple of years- he said that muscle-development wise, everything was looking great! Very encouraging news as I am usually full of weak spots and unbalanced muscle development.

The weather was awful again this week, and again I found myself on the treadmill quite a bit. After my 9 mile treadmill workout on Tuesday, glute/ leg tightness returned. I hoped that my planned rest day on Wednesday would help, but on Thursday I was still feeling it, despite stretching and rolling and taking Advil. I worried that doing another long tempo on the Treadmill that night would put me at risk for injury and also I was just ZAPPED. I felt so tired on Thursday and by the time 6pm rolled around, I couldn’t bear the thought of having to get on the treadmill at 8pm. I listened to my body and I gave myself another rest day. This was my first missed run of this training, and I felt guilty at first, but ultimately, it was a great decision. I must have had some sort of illness coming on, because I actually ended up having to take a sick day on Friday for some stomach stuff. By Friday afternoon, after resting all day, I felt a million times better.

Monday 4.4: Chiropractor appointment to address some tightness in the bottom of my left foot and in my glute. Felt good to get things back in alignment. Chiropractor agrees that a lot of my soreness is likely due to so much treadmill running lately. When I got home, I ran 5 easy miles… on the treadmill.

Tuesday 4.5: Was heading out of town in the afternoon for a work training, and even though I was itching to get to Minneapolis and hang out with my sister that evening, I squeezed in my workout first. 4 x 1.5 miles, slightly faster than tempo pace. 800 recovery. 9 miles total.

Wednesday 4.6: Glad that Wednesdays are my rest day- still out of town and really feeling Tuesday’s workout. Glute muscle tight, radiating down my right leg.

Thursday 4.7: 9 tempo miles scheduled, but forced myself to listen to my body and take another rest day. Watched TV in bed much of the night and ate Starburst Jelly Beans.

Friday 4.8: Was up in the middle of the night, not feeling well. Took a sick day from work and stayed in bed till mid-afternoon. Felt like a million bucks after all that rest and after my stomach settled down. Was able to do 5.5 easy miles on the treadmill Friday night. Muscle tightness still there, in spite of all the rest. Really worried that this was the start of an injury.

Saturday 4.9: When I woke up on Saturday morning, the wind was 22 mph and the wind chill was 10 degrees. My friend Michele and I decided to tough out our run and did 8 easy miles together in those rotten conditions. The good news is, we didn’t die AND after running outside, the muscles that had been bothering me felt PERFECT. Phantom injury has disappeared.

Sunday 4.10: My workout buddy Terry joined me for my long run, which this week wasn’t so long as it was a cut-down week. I did this run faster than I normally do my long runs, but slower than tempo pace. Since I had missed my tempo run I decided that I’d do this long run a bit faster than usual. I didn’t have GU in my car like I had thought, so the only fuel I had was a couple of old GU chews, equivalent to maybe 40 calories, and no water stop. Combine this with running a little faster and my legs had ZERO energy by mile 8. It felt awful, but good to prove to myself that I can run on empty legs if I have to. 10.29 miles.

Total miles: 37.88

I'm a college mental health counselor, runner, cyclist, wife, and mom to two strong-willed children. I started running in 2011 after the birth of my last child after years of love-hate relationships with fitness. My favorite distance is the half marathon, but I love the challenge of tackling the marathon. My biggest challenge is the mental aspect of racing, but my greatest strength is I'm stubborn and never give up! I'm a free spirit, an open book, and try to be authentic both in real life as well as in my internet life. Running has given me a place to face my fears, chase goals, and stay humble. Side note: I love cats and coffee and tacos.

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