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BBM Training: Week 13 Recap

A week when I managed to mostly keep up with my running schedule, so of course it was a week when injuries took over. Currently dealing with undiagnosed “runner’s knee” in my left knee, which makes it hard to keep up mileage (mostly because I question whether I should actually be running when my knee feels like that). But it wouldn’t be marathon training if there weren’t injuries involved, right?

Goal mileage:

  • Short run: 7 miles
  • Short run: 7 miles
  • Short run: 7 miles
  • Long, slow, distance: 13 miles

Actual mileage:

  • Short run: 7 miles
  • Short run: 5 miles
  • Short run: 3 miles
  • Long, slow, distance: 13 miles

Injury report: My left knee cap feels uncentered. Like it’s sliding around off the track that it’s supposed to follow. When it’s not sliding all over the place, I have acute pain beneath the kneecap. Sometimes it’s in the 7 o’clock position. Sometimes it’s in the 3 o’clock position. But something usually hurts on that knee. After some extensive Google searching, I came to the conclusion that it’s likely due to overcompensating with my quads and lower muscles due weak/unstable hips and weak glutes. Sound familiar? Sounds like 80% of my running injuries! So back to hip bridges and more time with the foam roller.

In other news, I had some more chafing issues this week, right along the waistband of my shorts. Whereas I was able to find a workaround for the chafing on my collarbone (run in shorter loops so I can come back to the same place to drink water instead of trying to carry it with me in my hydration vest), I haven’t yet found the workaround that allows me to run without shorts. Still thinking on that one…

Long run report: 13 miles. I thought it would be a nice and easy 13 miles after getting through 17 last week, but my long runs are still proving to be long, hard runs. I made it through just fine, but was pretty wiped out for the rest of the day. And the next day after that.

Misc: I think I’m getting old. I notice that I tend to get more tired than I have in the past when trying to expend the same amount of energy. I’ve been trying to get through a lot of yard work, partly due to a sense of obligation to improve the look of my yard for my neighbors’ sake, and partly out of a sense of pending deadline. I’m taking a programming class that starts in a week and a half, and between full-time work, class, and marathon training, I really won’t have time for anything else. So I’m trying to get the big projects out of the way. However, it seems that the big projects are also the projects that take the most energy. After consecutive days of high-intensity labor and high-mileage runs, I get a little pooped! Fortunately I’ve made a lot of progress on the big projects, and I’m getting close to done with them, which will hopefully leave me a bit more energy for training.

Adjustments for next week: We’re supposed to have some hot weather coming our way this week and next week. And the week after that. I think I’ll work on my pre-hydration routines. Maybe try to get to bed a bit earlier. The rest is the same – more time with the foam roller, and doing my best to stick to the schedule.

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BBM Training: Week 12 Recap

This past week was both the best and the worst week of marathon training so far, I’d say. Best in terms of long run achievement, worst in terms of general accountability. Wait, I take that back. I had some weeks early on when I missed the majority of my runs in a week, so maybe not the worst week of training I’ve had. However, compared to the relative importance of sticking to a running schedule 18 weeks out from race day and sticking to a running schedule 8 weeks out from race day, these missed runs carry a bit more weight to them. Or maybe I’m just overanalyzing everything, which has been known to happen.

Goal mileage:

  • Short run: 6 miles
  • Short run: 6 miles
  • Short run: 7 miles
  • Long, slow, distance: 17 miles

Actual mileage:

  • Short run: 7 miles in the morning, 3 miles in the evening
  • Long, slow, distance: 17 miles

Injury report: On the mend from the sunburn, so foam rolling was out of the picture this week. I had some very sore quads. Minimal impact to my hip/knee injuries, though. Chafing at a minimum. Left ankle (the ankle I rolled a few weeks back) tends to be stiff early in my runs, but does loosen up after a few miles. I’ll just keep on keeping on and assume that everything is mostly working because, for the most part, everything is mostly working.

Long run report: 17 miles! 14 outside, transitioned to the treadmill for the last 3, which was more so to avoid further sunburn than for any other reason. The heat and humidity were bearable so I could have shuffled out 3 more miles on the road, but I definitely didn’t need more UV exposure. Minimal heartburn, no debilitating side stitches, some stomach cramping, but I got through the run in generally decent condition (whatever that looks like when you run 17 miles). This is momentous for a couple reasons. First, based on my early long runs, I doubted that I would be able to string together 17 consecutive miles. First victory there. Second, I’ve been telling myself all along that if I can manage an 18-mile long run, I’m going to stick with the marathon distance for the race. If I can get through 18 miles in training, I should definitely be able to get through 26.2 miles on race day, even if those last 8 are pure torture. I design my training plans such that my longest long runs hit 18 miles, 20 miles, and 23 miles (sometimes I have a 19-mile run in there too, depends on how ambitious I want to be in my training). Those are my last three long runs to cover in the next 8 weeks. If I can make it through 18, I’ll still feel nervous but marginally confident. 20 miles, more confident. 23 miles, absolutely. We’ll see how the rest of training goes.

Misc: Took off 9 inches of hair this past week, and it feels wonderful! I can’t believe I didn’t do this a month ago. So much less hair to deal with, and it still fits into a ponytail! My only parameter for getting my hair cut was that I have to be able to pull it into a ponytail for running, and it still works! I get the cutest little ponytail out of it, and I don’t even have little wispy hairs dripping sweat down the back of my neck.

Adjustments for next week: Get through all the runs on the schedule, preferably at the distances I’ve scheduled them to be, and maybe book a sports massage. More water.

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