Sorry for the dead air. I was sick as a dog last week. I was in bed for several days trying to rest and give the immune system enough energy to fight the big, bad pre-marathon virus. Yup, it was inevitable. I managed to get injured and then sick during marathon training. I also think that I may have gone insane.
Let’s start with the sick
After not running for several days while I was sick, I jumped in with a 6 mile easy run. It was humid, but not bad. Then on Sunday, did my “18 mile” run. Notice quotes, huh? That’s because I only ran 15 miles. It started slow like most long runs these days. Then I was up in the high 9’s around 9:50-ish. Within 4-5 miles it got tough. I was slowing down and my legs started to feel like lead blocks. I got through the first 10 miles and then had to take my son to Sunday class. I dropped him off and started again with major hesitation. After 2 miles, my Garmin died and I switched over to the Runtastic app. My body and mind were not on board. Even with the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old podcast distracting me (love Clerks), I couldn’t get the mileage. I managed to jog (literally jog) about 5 miles before I stopped.
Have you ever quit a long run before you hit your goal? The last time I did it was the 18 Mile Tune Up two years ago when sciatica kicked in. It was a horrible feeling. This feeling was different because there did not seem to be a reason. I was disappointed and confused, but mostly scared. With only two more long runs to go, I couldn’t do 18 miles.
And then the insanity
That was two days ago. I ran a few recovery miles yesterday morning and thought about Sunday. Maybe I overreacted and it was just a tough run. I came to the conclusion that when you are marathon training, it’s not easy to stay open minded. Every run is important. Every ache and pain could mean the end. The obstacles are huge, even when they are small. I literally feel like I have gone marathon insane. Please tell me that I not alone here. I just need to keep reminding myself that I am doing my best and that is all I can do.
If you see me, please remind me. And pardon my insanity. I hope to be normal again on 11/4!
BTW – If you are in NYC and have not registered for the Staten Island Half, DO IT! I will be there in all my craziness. If you are not a fan of 13.1, register for the 1.5 mile fun run. If you rest on Sundays, just come for the block party. We are celebrating Staten Island’s strength and resilince. I have been asked to speak at the event as well. I am beyond honored, so plus come out to run, walk, eat or just remind me that I am not actually crazy… or am I?