This was my first week back to running after the marathon. Man, did it start off achy, unmotivating, and sluggy! But by Friday I was feeling a lot better. I took one whole week off to recover from the marathon and toward the end of that week, I was already looking forward to running again. However, when it came time to actually run, I couldn’t believe how stiff my body was for the first few days.
In addition to starting back up this week, I also began to taper off of Zoloft, an antidepressant that I have been on for roughly 18 months. For acute cases of depression and heightened anxiety, ideal use of the medication is 12-18 months. For chronic cases, people can be on it indefinitely. In my case, I am really not sure where I fall so with the assistance of my doctor, we are trying a taper to determine ideal use. For the best effectiveness, it is recommended to use medication with therapy. I like to think of therapy as the user manual for medication. Both of these treatments saved my life. I am done with therapy so now I am seeing if medication can be ended. It is my hope to be open and honest about my experience so that we can erase the stigma associated with addressing mental health. So far, I’ve only had a few headaches and felt a bit more tired this week than normal. I was on a low dose of 50 mg and I am cutting back to 25 mg for the next two weeks before going to every other day and eventually stopping all together.
Lastly, my coach and I have begun eyeing fall goals. I am tentatively looking at running the Columbus Marathon on October 18th. For a training cycle this time, we are planning on using the first 5 weeks or so to build a strong base, staying away from any workouts other than long runs run by feel, fartleks, and strides. After that, I’ll spend 9-11 weeks doing marathon specific workouts, and then a 2 week taper. Learning from the last training cycle, it seems that spending some time building a solid base will be more effective than trying to dive right into marathon specific work. Plus, this also helps with preventing burnout in that I am slowly moving on to the next goal rather than feeling pressure to dive right back in, which tends to happen to me if I am not careful.
Monday: 4.5 miles with James and Chris. I couldn’t believe how SORE I was on this run but I guess doing almost next to nothing for an entire week will do that.
Tuesday: 5 miles easy on a bike path and some trails. I was still quite stiff but slowly improved.
Wednesday: 5 miles on the towpath and picked up a new pair of shoes. I went with Mizuno Wave Riders to help address an underpronation problem I’ve been having. I was still achy but felt a lot smoother on the way back of this out and back route. I also did lower body strength training after the run.
Thursday: Off from running, did do core work though. I actually felt very tired after work and just went to bed early.
Friday: 5 miles on a bike path. This run felt a lot better than earlier in the week.
Saturday: 5 miles at night with James. This run felt effortless and restored my faith in training. It was also raining which made for quite the ambient date night.
Sunday: 6 miles in the park, mostly on a soft trail. Felt a world’s better than the beginning of the week. It was a nice way to finish things off and head into a new week of training. Also did upper body strength training.
Total: 30.5 miles