Week 1 of Austin Marathon Training

And so it begins!

I’ve been gearing up for Round Three of marathon training, but have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. I’ve written a lot about how I had an IT-band injury on my left leg last winter, which took me out of several spring half marathons and prevented me from even starting to train for the Paris Marathon. That eventually healed, but now I’ve been having IT-band issues with my OTHER leg! It is incredibly frustrating. I’ve been foam rolling and doing glute strengthening, so I don’t know what the cause is. I was able to complete my training runs this week, but at slower paces than I would have liked.

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I started doing Airrosti, which is like a combination of deep tissue massage and physical therapy, performed by a licensed chiropractor, specifically for athletes. (And it’s covered by insurance!) The word “massage” is a bit of a misnomer, because it’s very targeted fascia release that really, really hurts. I’ve been doing the exercises at home too, and I’m hoping it will help. It’s supposed to work in 2-4 treatments, and I’ve already had 4, with a follo-up appointment next week. So the jury is still out.

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Pumpkin Hard Cider on Halloween in my favorite NYC Marathon pint glass

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Despite the IT-band pain, I was able to get in all of my miles. Here’s how Week 1 went down:

Monday: 4 miles easy (I did this about two hours after an airrosti treatment for my IT-band, and a day after the flu shot, so was a bit sluggish!)

Tuesday: Rest (a cold and rainy Halloween)

Wednesday: 5 miles

Thursday: 4 miles (after another airrosti treatment)

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Cross-training – 20 mile bike ride in New Braunfels, TX

Sunday: 10 miles

TOTAL:  23 miles

On Saturday, my friend convinced me to drive an hour south to do a long bike ride with her. She lent me everything I could possibly need, including a bike, a bike rack, a bike lock, a sports bottle, padded shorts, a cycling vest, and gloves – so I couldn’t say no! I was nervous because I had never ridden a real road bike, where you lean over the handlebars, but I didn’t have to clip in so I decided to give it a try. We set out to do 14 miles and ended up doing 20. It was a beautiful ride and I’m so glad I gave it a try!

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Today was the NYC Marathon, which made me miss New York even more than I already do! I really wanted to be there (especially since my mom was running) but since I’m flying home in 2 weeks for Thanksgiving, I couldn’t justify the time or the money. Instead, I tracked and cheered from afar. I got home from my long run just in time to see Shalane Flanagan’s incredible win – first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years! Such an inspiration.

Congratulations to all the marathoners who ran this weekend – including my amazing mama who ran her 4th marathon in 4 years!

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