I’m approaching the halfway point of Austin Marathon Training and this week was supposed to be a peak mileage week. However, it was my last week of work before Christmas break, and I just couldn’t fit in more than two runs in Austin before I flew home to NYC late on Friday night.
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 4 miles (so sore, two days after the Decker Challenge Half!)
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 3 miles
My motivation was really waning and it was hard to drag myself out for a short run, although I felt much better afterwards. I was feeling physically and mentally burned out from work and had to pack for NYC – but I’m glad I squeezed in a short run before a long travel day.
Friday – Rest (my flight to NYC was delayed and I landed in Newark at 2am!)
Saturday – Rest
After getting to bed at 4am, I couldn’t drag myself out for a run the next morning. It had snowed a bit the day before and the streets were slushy, but more than that, I was exhausted! I decided to rest up for my long run the next day. I partied it up in the afternoon at my friends’ baby’s 1st birthday party in New Jersey, and then went to a dinner party in the afternoon at another friend’s house in Brooklyn. It was a long day!
Sunday – 7.85 miles
I was supposed to run 14 miles and – spoiler alert! – that didn’t happen. I had planned a long run route that took me across the Brooklyn Bridge and up the West Side Highway, then across to the Manhattan Bridge and down Flatbush Ave to Prospect Park. My friend Brittany met me after about 2.5 miles and we were chugging along, having a great time. My IT-band felt a little sore on the downhill of the Manhattan Bridge, but I focused on my form and tried to breathe through it.
We stopped just before I hit 8 miles to take our gels/chews and all of a sudden my IT-band was extremely painful. It was a severe aching just above my knee, and I could barely walk, let alone run. I hobbled to the nearest subway station and hobbled around for the next hour or so, when the pain subsided a bit.
I was so discouraged…it felt like it was just a matter of time before my IT-band troubles derailed another round of marathon training. I keep asking why…why did the injury switch from my left leg to my right leg? Why did it hurt today – was it the cold weather? Was it the lack of sleep? Hopefully I can rehab it to the point where I can at least run the half marathon, if not the marathon. I’m trying not to be too downtrodden, but I am pretty sad about it! Hopefully next week I’ll be able to get in some pain-free miles…
TOTAL – 14.85 miles
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