Saturday, July 7, 2012

Marathon Training Week 2

My plan for the week was cross-train, run 4, 5, and 4 miles, rest, 5 mile pace run, and 10 mile long run, plus strength training where it fit.

Right. Didn't happen. Add me to the disabled list. Truth be told, I've had sporadic pain in my ankle for over a year. I figured out how to prevent it or keep it at bay. And I know exactly what caused the original injury. Most of the time, it was barely noticeable or non-existent. Except this time it is acting up badly and it is not getting better (yet) with rest. I don't know what happened. Bah. This is not pain I can manage or run through. I ran once this week and quickly realized I needed to stop running. Now.

I am early enough in my training plan that I can afford to stop running. Even though I wasn't officially training, I had a couple weeks in June that could be considered marathon training. For now, Marine Corps is still on. But that could very well change. Worst case, I have several backup plans. Downgrade my goals and my training plan. Plan to run with friends. Back out of Marine Corps and transfer my bib to someone else or defer til next year (thank you MCM for having an official policies that allow both of these option). Best case, I could be 100% better. It's too early to tell.

I need to take the long-term view. My long-term goals are to keep running and run the Boston Marathon next year. I don't gain anything by trying to push through Marine Corps this year. Plus the heat in DC? It is majorly impacting getting outside. Nothing but high 90s and low 100s. Poor air quality, too, even for healthy people.

Sunday - rest. Was planning on doing some yoga but ran out of time.

Monday - 4.5 mile run, plus planks, pushups, and core work.

Tuesday - 45 minutes on the stationary bike.

Wednesday - 2 yoga podcasts, upper body strength training, and squats.

Thursday - 35 minutes on the bike.

Friday - 40 minutes on the bike. At least I get to catch up with my magazine reading.

Saturday - 1 hour 20 minutes on the bike.

Total Miles- Scheduled: 28 Actual: 4.5


  1. If you decide to slow down and run with friends I am calling dibs on you now! I want a 4:15 and you can get me there :-)

    1. Well, we'll see. It is not looking promising.