There is some running to report today!!! Or rather…some walking, but exercise nonetheless.
About a week ago I had to swallow some humble pie and realize that since I had twisted my ankle, my fitness level has dropped significantly. And there is still the problem of the sore ankle. So, like all athletes should do, I took a step back and reassessed with an open mind where I was in the running process. And much to my dismay…square 1. (You know, like “back to square 1…”)
I might have to take this return to running a little more slowly than I had hoped. The last two days I’ve taken the dogs for a walk, and then set out on my own. I run a little, but mostly walk…and usually until my ankle starts hurting. I get about 2-3 miles in…which deflated my marathon enthusiasm just a smidge.
On a positive note, I’m being more conscious about my diet. That’s a huge struggle that will be ongoing…forever…but eating even 10% better than I was seems to be helping at least the physiological aspect of running.
So today…Day 32 is a rest day since I walked/slightly ran the last two days…should really be Day 3 I suppose. I started Wednesday really realizing where I was and what I needed to do to reach my goal. It’s going to be a challenge…but I need some excitement in my life, right?!
Day 22…and no running to report. Yup…still not running as consistently as I want to…
And the culprit is bad diet. (And maybe the humid weather.)
I can’t really blame the humid weather too much…it’s really only been terribly humid the last two days. Most of the blame falls on my diet. I have just been eating whatever, whenever. And boy do my insides hate me.
It’s one thing to be working out and eating slightly bad…it’s a whole other thing to be eating crappy and not doing any kind of exercise. It creates this vicious cycle of crave the crap, feel like crap, don’t work out, get hungry, crave the crap, feel like crap….well you get it.
And this little blog thing has actually just made me realize how much I’m hurting myself and training. Day 22 into my marathon training endeavor…and I’ve run maybe 3 or 4 times. Seriously…that’s like once a week. And I’m sitting here feeling crappy about that and crappy in general because of what I’ve eaten in the past 24 hours.
Sometimes you need a wake-up call…sometimes you need to reevaluate your current trajectory…hopefully this is a little bit of both. I want to feel better and I don’t want to be under-trained come November. Luckily I have some time to readjust and get back on track…let’s see if I can do that!
Day 15 was on Tuesday of this week…the 19th. We got done early with work and so I worked out in the hotel fitness center…and we all know what that means…treadmill workout.
The workout itself was fine…I did a 30 minute interval training, you know speeding up, slowing down, etc. I actually felt better when I finished then I normally do when finishing a run…and felt like I could keep going (but I had dinner plans, so you know…that won out!)
But the next day…omg major ankle pain. The unforgiving surface of the treadmill did nothing for the healing ankle. I could barely walk! So…no more workouts for me the rest of the time at work.
So now we come to Friday…I may venture out sometime this week and try again on road (since somehow that has more given then the treadmill). I had heard there was trial and error in marathon training…I had just hoped it wouldn’t be this soon.
Wow…I hadn’t realized it’s been since January that I last wrote. So much has happened that the last few months have flown by. I got a new job that requires 100% more travel then my last one (cause I didn’t travel in my last job), and made a major decision…I’m seriously going to train and try to run a full marathon in November. And I’m going to try…once again…to chronicle it for my own sanity and for your entertainment value (cause seriously…we all know it’s probably going to be painfully funny…emphasis on painful!)
So not officially in a training program yet…most programs start 24 or 16 weeks out from target race date. But since I’ve done very little running in the last few months…I need an extra few months to build up to the actual training…training for training!
Day 1 was April 4, and yes this is a bit behind…oh well! Day 1 went good. Walked the dogs and then did my walk/run for 2 miles. A friend told me about a great strategy that has been helpful in getting back into running…run to one song, walk to one song…and repeat for entire run. It’s been good so far to start back into running, and hopefully I will build up to 2 songs run, 1 song walk…and then to no walking!! (But 26.2 miles…we’ll see!)
Yes…8 days between runs…because of my ankle. When I had a week off between jobs, I was painting my spare bedroom, and when coming off the ladder, stepped on a broom handle and twisted my ankle good! Since then it’s been iffy on if it hurts or not. There were several attempts at running in those 8 days, and each time it was too painful to sustain running on it. And it’s always important to listen to your body and not hurt yourself further.
Thankfully, today I was able to run. I got an ankle brace and it has helped tremendously. We’ll see as time goes on if it continues to help; but for 3 miles it did well! Anxious to get back on a regular running routine, so hopefully it holds up well!