Adios Week 2 of Marathon Training! I am officially 12.5% done with my 16 week training cycle. Uhhh, that is actually really scary, especially in light of the ROUGH week that was Week 2. Let’s start with the good before moving onto the bad
and the ugly. The good:
- I ran 40 miles, only 2 miles short of my goal of 42 miles. Pretty good, all things considered.
- Despite insanely cold temperatures, I managed to run outside once. Never mind the fact that this was a sad, sad run.
- I received an awesome running-related gift from my Valentine:
- I foamed rolled! It is amazing how much less sore I am the day after a long-ish/hard-ish run when I foam roll. Must. foam. roll. often.
- I ate chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast 2 days in a row. Runger is real, my friends.
- I soaked my sore muscles in an Epsom salt bath. This relaxing experience nearly turned not relaxing at all when my water-loving Yellow Labrador, Basil, launched herself over the edge of the tub the moment I leaned back and shut my eyes. She managed to get both front paws over the edge before I
took a bubble bath with my dogstopped her. Unfortunately, I did not have my phone nearby, but luckily cute things happen when you Google “yellow lab in bathtub.”
Okay, getting a little off topic here…
- I did some strength training. Not enough. Whomp. Does this still qualify as something that falls under the “good” column?
- I purchased some new
gummy bearsrunning fuels. After the stomach incident of 2014 (a.k.a. the time I barfed chocolate outrage Gu during the GMAA marathon), I am excited to try out new products. Here is what I purchased:
Now for the bad. For a few weeks now, I have struggled to maintain paces that should be fairly easy for me. I attributed this to treadmill running and evil snowy road running, but I was becoming increasingly concerned that something else was wrong. I raced a lot in 2014, and according to the internet, over-training is a real thing. Could all of the races and hard workouts of the last year be catching up with me? I don’t run that much. Well, last Thursday I received a phone call from my doctor informing me that I tested positive for anemia. According to WebMD:
Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen. Symptoms of anemia — like fatigue — occur because organs aren’t getting what they need to function properly.
In a way, this news was actually a bit of a relief to hear. An explanation for why I feel like crap when I run anything faster than 10:00 minute miles! Furthermore, anemia is completely treatable. Hopefully, after taking iron supplements
eating cheeseburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a couple weeks, I will be back to my old self and be able to knock out 8:00 minute miles like they are going out of style.
Here is my weekly training summary:
Monday – 7 miles easy on the treadmill
Tuesday – 5 miles easy on the treadmill
Wednesday – 5 miles easy outside w/ 1 hard mile (This was an abandoned hill workout)
Thursday – 5 miles easy on the treadmill
Friday – Unplanned rest day thanks to anemia
Saturday – 11 miles easy on the treadmill (Felt like crap and had to cut my planned 14 miler short)
Sunday – 7 miles easy on the treadmill (Trying to make up for Friday’s unplanned rest day and Saturday’s too-short long run)
TOTAL: 40 miles
Final thoughts: Despite feeling lethargic and slow, I still managed to run only 2 miles short of my goal. I am proud of myself for not giving up out of frustration, but rather listening to my body and giving myself permission to
run like a narcoleptic walrus slow down. I will continue to chug along this way until I feel better.