Training for a marathon is a grueling process that takes, determination, dedication and consistency.
Alex and I after our first Tri!
I also recently became a RRCA certified running coach. Woot! So I figured I could handle it. I created a custom 14 week training plan with my sights set on the Big D Marathon on April 14.
The first 2 months of training were a piece of cake. Then, I hit that part where the long runs get tough and time consuming but I figured I could handle a challenge. Everything was going smoothly until I pulled a muscle in my quad during my 6 mile tempo run (where my fastest pace was 8:30min mile #ImJustSayin). In hindsight, I over did it trying to work on my speed. Rookie mistake. It didn’t really hurt that much initially and I hobbled around for a few days but eventually the pain became manageable so I continued with my training plan. As the long runs got longer my leg kept bothering me but I decided to suck up the pain until….my DISASTROUS 16 miler 2 weeks ago. I ran from my house in the design district, up the katy trail, through highland park, around SMU, back through highland park and back down the katy trail. It was a tough run, I had to stop a few times and literally force myself to put one foot in front of the other but I finished in just under 3 hours. A little slower than my 2:40 goal but that was ok. Then …..
- ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE -
Ok, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but an hour after my run I could barley walk. I was almost in tears because my legs were sore and tingling. I even texted Monisha and asked her if I did something wrong. Everything hurt, even my lower back. I walked with a limp for the rest of the week. Needless to say I didn’t run for a bit.
On top of my super fun training challenges, I was super stressed out and the thought of gearing up for another long run made me break out into a cold sweat. I decided it was time to reevaluate some things. I don’t give up on my goals but sometimes you have to re-prioritze things to decide what’s really important.
Here is how I knew it was time to post pone my marathon training:
- I literally dreaded my long runs
- I was in too much physical pain
- I could no longer visualize myself crossing the finish line
- I was stressed out to the max in every other aspect of my life
My stress alone required my to re -evaluate a few things in my life. I had to realized I can’t do everything and I need to learn how to rest, relax and recharge. I realized that I’ve been so tightly wound for the past few years that I literally couldn’t remember the last time I relaxed and felt truly at peace. Which is a problem!
So I decided to rearrange my work schedule and my personal obligations, and post pone my marathon training until I’m in a better place. Training for a marathon should be a (mostly) enjoyable experience.
Although I’m no longer training for a marathon, I’m still working out (of course). I am about to start the Sporty Afros #30dayveg challenge and round 3 of *Tony Horton voice* 90x. I’m super excited to get back to a regular workout routine that I enjoy and whip my body into shape. I’ve got about 21 days before I’m going to be lounging on the beach in Florida and I want to look extra hott
Stay tuned for my #30dayveg challenge progress and results.
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