I finished week 8 of marathon training!! Most of you already know that I was originally supposed to do week 8 last week, but I was sick all week and unable to run. So, I did week 8 this week. I now have 13 weeks until my first marathon!
Monday – This was a rest day. I was still sick, so I just slept.
Tuesday – I still didn’t feel great, but I powered through 3 miles on the treadmill because it was cold outside. I honestly didn’t want to, but I didn’t want to miss anymore runs. I hadn’t run in a week. But, it wasn’t bad like I was expecting. I thought my body would be sore and hurt from being in bed for a week, but it actually felt really good to run.
Wednesday – It was cold outside, so I ran on the treadmill again. This run was a little more difficult because I still wasn’t feeling very good. I had 6 miles to do and I did them. I had to stop a couple of times to use my inhaler, my body was tired, and my legs ached. But, I got it done and I actually finished quickly. I kept telling myself, “the faster you run, the faster you’re done”. This was not an enjoyable run just because I didn’t feel 100 percent. But I was glad I got it done.
Thursday – I had 3 miles to do, but by the time I got home it was almost dark. So, I ran on the treadmill again. I felt pretty much back to normal today, and these miles were easy and quick!
Friday – This was a rest day.
Saturday – I had 13 miles scheduled for today. This was the first day that I had run outside in two weeks. Luckily the weather was really nice and it was in the 60’s. I slept in a little, and then I fixed some eggs and an English muffin to eat before I ran. I waited about an hour and then headed out to meet my dad. I felt really good going into this run, and was really excited about it. We started out strong, but around mile 4 I started having a really hard time breathing. I tried to walk and slow my breathing, but my chest was super tight and I couldn’t get any air. I actually had to completely stop and try to breathe. We called my mom to bring my inhaler, and it helped a little. I wanted to get in all of my miles so badly, but my lungs just would not cooperate. Every time I started running, my chest and sides would tighten up and I was gasping for air. I kept having to stop and wait until I could get enough air. We ended up walking back to my parent’s house. We made it 7.5 miles. This was, hands down, the absolute worst run I have EVER had, not just during this training, but ever!
I had to go home and do a breathing treatment, and it didn’t help much. I guess I still am not completely well. I am breaking down tomorrow and calling the doctor. I’m tired of not being able to breathe and it’s affecting how I’m running.
Next week is a step back week, and I have 10 miles scheduled for Saturday. I am going to try and complete my 13 miles then.
Sunday – Today was a cross training day. When I got up, my legs were so sore that I could hardly walk. That showed me how hard I worked yesterday to try and run when I obviously wasn’t well. So, for my cross training today, I took Jake for a really long walk, and then I walked a little on the treadmill. Then I did a lot of foam rolling! I tried to not to do anything too strenuous, so I wouldn’t have an asthma attack.
Even though I didn’t finish my long run this week, I did the other runs and I am moving forward to week 9. I knew going into this that training would be up and down, and it is to be expected. My dad kept telling me that I can’t help it if I’m sick. I know he’s right, but I was still so disappointed. Next week will be much better, and I know it will be worth all of this when I cross that finish line!
How did your training go this week?