Marathon Training – It ain’t easy!

Anyone who has trained for a marathon will know exactly how I’m feeling during the last couple of weeks of training for the Ottawa Marathon. Always a bit tired, wanting to eat everything in sight and that constant worry of everything that could happen on race day. Will it rain? Will it be warm? What pace should I run? Should I race or coast? WHAT IS THAT PAIN IN MY LEG?

I said this in 2014 and I will most likely repeat the same thing in 28 days – it isn’t the marathon that is overly hard, it is the training. I’ve been neglecting to post on my blog lately as marathon training has taken over. That and I just finished work on a 200 page Yearbook. For the last four weeks or so, my daily routine has involved sitting in front of the computer, running and trying to squish everything in (like track coaching – luckily I’m not “head coach” this year) Needless to say, I’m looking forward to easier times after the insanity that is May.

If there is one phrase that could describe my marathon training, it would be “I’ve done enough”. I’m just coming back to running after taking about a week off of training as my right post-tib decided to get a little angry. It is usually my left side that goes – but regardless which leg, I take Post-tib stress very seriously and greatly reduce my running when that tiny muscle gets over-used. Most of my training cycle has been great – but all it took was one long run on a slanted road to make my leg go from tired to angry.

I ran the MEC Half Marathon in April with Suzanne and Vicki. I had to run 26K that day, so I ran 5K before the race and then had a fantastic half with Suzanne and Vicki. But halfway through that race I noticed that the slant on the road was starting to bug my legs. Slants and me do not get along so I wasn’t too overly surprised when my leg became irritated. The race itself was fun. It was freezing cold and there was lots of wind but the company made the race great. We ran a fairly slow pace to practice pacing a 2:30 half marathon. I’ve been running a 2:19 half, so a 2:30 meant I could talk the entire time.

I have been going to physio every other week – and the week after the MEC Race, I had my first experience with dry needling. It did make my post-tib relax but the bruising meant that I missed a number of runs – including my 28KM long run. They key was to rest and just see what happens rather than force runs that will just cause more inflammation. After a number of days off, I was able to pick up running again with a 6K on Friday, followed by a 30KM run last Sunday. The 30KM wasn’t bad until the 22nd KM, then I just slowly ran and felt overall pretty awful. I suddenly remembered what those last 10KM of a marathon will feel like. I ran on the Canadian Rail Trail in Stittsville, which has very little slant. My post-tib on both legs felt pretty good. It was more my hip/glutes that went. That and I wouldn’t recommend going into a 30KM long run after not running for a week….

But as I mentioned – I’ve done enough. I finished the 30K in 3:33. That time leaves me with over 2 hours to run 12KM and PB. As long as I don’t have GI distress, I will be fine.

I just got back from physio and hopefully will run my last big long run on Sunday. I might run with the Running Room – but I also might want to just run on my own. I really don’t want to take my water with me and I have yet to pick up a hydration pack. The route looks fine and it would be nice to have company. Other than that, we are almost done this training thing! 6pm edit – I signed up for the 32KM with the Running Room

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