February Training Update – Highs and Lows

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February? Yes, February. 😉 I know I am slightly delayed but there were so many things that happened in February (and March) that I wanted to make a point to share these with you all. So, here we go.

To sum February up in one word, I choose the word “dynamic.” February was full of highs and lows, and I feel like I grew a lot as a runner and a person.

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Week 10: 3 mi. | 8 mi. | 4 mi. | 16 mi.
Completed a hilly run in Austin and felt pretty good after. Overall, I felt pretty confident ant it was a good week.

Week 11: 4 mi. | 8 mi. | 5 mi. | 12 mi. 11 mi.
This week was where I started having some injury/fueling issues. Everything started out great. As I mentioned previously, I had some really bad cramps in  from my left knee all the way up to my rear end… and they wouldn’t go away. I figured this was a result of poor fueling technique. Since this incident, I’ve been working on taking fuel earlier in my runs and this seems to have helped me avoid similar situations.

Week 12: 4 mi. | 9 mi. | 5 mi. | 18 mi. 16 mi.
My toe started bugging me a lot, and then it all kinda went downhill. With the issues I was having with my left leg, and now my toe, I decided to skip the 9 miler. Then, when I ran my long run on Saturday, everything came to a head. I felt pretty good the first 12 of 18 planned miles and even knocked the whole first half out on the treadmill (when it is thundering out, I often take runs indoors and alternate between the track and the treadmill to keep myself mentally stimulated). The last 4 miles (12 to 16) were dreadful. My knee started to hurt and a tendon on the back of my right leg, near my knee, was killing me. I was taking walk breaks and limping. I finally threw in the towel – I couldn’t even walk and it was not worth it to me to injure myself!

I’ve cut runs short to avoid pain, but never had a pain that made me feel nearly incapacitated. Limping downstairs, I made it to the ladies’ room just in time to call my husband – and start bawling. I was hysterical. I had nothing left. I literally couldn’t run anymore and I didn’t know what to do. It sounds childish now, but that was the state I was in; I felt as if this goal that was so close to becoming a reality was imploding on itself, like my body was rejecting my ambition.

He almost had to come pick me up because I didn’t want to walk out to my car, but I eventually pulled myself together and limped out to my vehicle. I explained it all to him when I had calmed down at home (I was so hysterical and we decided I should take a couple days off to see if I felt like I needed to see the doctor. He was very supportive and I would not still be training if he hadn’t just listened and help me calm back down that day.

The next day was our first anniversary and it was a wonderful day. See what I mean about ups and downs?

Week 135 mi. | 9 mi. | 5 mi. 2.5 mi. | 14 mi.
After taking some days off and trying to run, but still having issues, it dawned on me to try new shoes, since mine had 350+ miles. After visiting Luke’s Locker and walking out with a new pair of Brooks Ghost 7’s, I ran 14 pain-free miles (and I’ve been relatively pain-free ever since). All that time, my shoes were worn out. ALL THAT TIME. I should have had a V8.

Have you ever had something like this happen in running – something that was so obvious, you should have known immediately what the issue was?

The rest of the month, in photos: 

Spring flowers are my favorite and were enjoyed all month long.

I bought my first tube of Body Glide.

My new shoes, which I am IN LOVE with.

The rodeo came through town during one of my runs, seriously. #Texas, y’all.

… and I got to see a pretty sweet sunset on another run.

Chris and I had some great date nights and a blissful month of celebrating a year of marriage…

… and we enjoyed some great carbo-loading brunches. Yum.

It’s officially the week of my marathon. Excited to get my last update post up and some other fun stuff this week before it happens! Stay tuned. 🙂

Cheers!

 

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