Marathon Training: Week 13

15 Oct

Last week ended on a high note with an awesome PR at the Wineglass Half Marathon. But I continued to feel the IT band and achy hip, especially after pushing myself during the race. So, I am playing it smart and going to my amazing physical therapist, Lynn at Spring Forward Physical Therapy.  And the good news is, he says I can run through this and I should be able to run the marathon just fine!! I’m doing my exercises and going to PT, but also listening to my body when it says to slow down or stop. So here’s how this week went:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: I had 4 easy miles on the schedule, but went out and stopped after 2.5. My IT band felt tight and I did not want to push it!

Wednesday: Phew, Physical therapy!

Thursday: This was supposed to be a 5 mile progression run (2 easy, 9, 8:45, 8:30).  In reality, I was only able to do 5 super slow miles. I just could not pick up the pace, which I was fine with because I was able to run without too much pain or discomfort!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 18 mile LR (11:16 pace). I was cleared to do my long run if I felt up to it, but was told to stop if the pain or discomfort got worse as the miles went on. I started in Astoria and planned to run over the Queensboro bridge to meet my long run buddies Beth and Allison. Not even a half mile in I wanted to stop because I was in so much pain and was hobbling. I told myself I’d run to the bridge and if it still didn’t feel better I’d throw in the towel. Thankfully, I loosened up a few miles in and the pain disappeared as I started over the bridge. And I saw this awesome rainbow, which I took as a good sign! This run was much slower than my long runs have been but I got it done! 🙂

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Sunday: Rest

Total weekly mileage: 25.5

This week was much better than I was anticipating and I’m making great progress in PT! I’m feeling like I really can run a strong first marathon in just 5 short weeks! Ahh!

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4 Responses to “Marathon Training: Week 13”

  1. Jen October 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    You totally can run an amazing marathon!!! You’re being smart by taking it easy with an injury. That’s what I did and I was able to run Chicago with very little pain!!

    • Kim October 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Thanks, Jen! I can only hope to run as strong of a race as you did! 🙂

  2. Beth October 17, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    There is NO DOUBT in my mind that you can and WILL run a strong marathon! You have been killing your training. Don’t let this little setback week shake your confidence. It just needed a little extra TLC after all the hard work it did CRUSHING the Wineglass Half Marathon. You are amazing my friend and you are going to have an amazing first marathon. I can’t wait to be there cheering you on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MICKEY HANDS AND COWBELLS FOR THE WIN! Hang in there, you are doing awesome.

    • Kim October 17, 2013 at 11:55 am #

      Thanks, Beth! You’re the best!

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