Marathon training update!
I spent the past few weeks not running. I went for walks and did some swimming, which felt very European. I did my PT strengthening exercises. I spent more time in the pottery studio. I had a few late Saturday nights. All fun things. When I think about it…..it was actually…….nice.
My moment of truth run this Sunday confirmed that I still have a pulled groin muscle. After ten miles, it started to flare up. I eeked out two more miles for a grand total of 12 miles. I went home to ice it and it slightly hurt to walk the next day. The marathon is four weeks out, and there is NO WAY I could run 26.2 miles on it. The running just aggravates it, and at this point in training, I really need to be doing higher mileage. The past two years, I was doing 20-milers at this point.
It’s a bummer, but I’ve actually had other things on my mind lately, and am not all that crushed by it. Also, a student in my swim class said that last year he BROKE HIS LEG before the marathon. Yikes. And my dad likes to remind me that it’s not like I’m the star basketball player who pulled her ACL her senior year and couldn’t play for the season. (???? Thanks Dad????) My main thing is that I don’t want to injure myself so I can’t run or hike this summer.
For now, I’m just going to continue to take things day by day.
I might just stop running for a while and let things completely heal? (This sounds like the most logical thing to do.)
I might try to run as far as I can pain-free? (This sounds like something I might try that isn’t the smartest idea.)
I might try to walk part of the marathon? (This sounds like a good alternative.)
I don’t know?!
P.S. Next week I’m headed to Louisiana for a long weekend + little vacation. Warm weather + live music + beignets + French Quarter + LANEY. I can’t wait. I can’t wait. I can’t wait.
P.P.S. Marathon Training Weeks 1-14 here.