46 days until the London Marathon and I can pretty much say that the novelty has well and truly worn off! I am so tired, mentally and physically but the main reason for my lack of mojo has been due to the struggles on my longer runs. I also seem to have developed a niggle in my right knee which is really annoying! My never ending appetite seems to have calmed down though. I got to the stage where I was wondering whether my stomach was an empty hole….
My longest run so far has been 15 miles. The last 3 miles of those were really painful, I was really grateful that I had good company with good friends (well, for at least 12 miles!).
My physiotherapist has told me that I am chasing the rainbow to continue training for this marathon and his opinion is that my body is that of a sprinter and just not cut out for longer distances. His exact words were ‘Kerry, you are chasing the rainbow’ which has made me even more determined to do it! Even if I have to walk /run.
Apart from my knee niggles, I have hit the dreaded wall a couple of times in my training. The wall isn’t something I have experienced before- how can I explain it- Basically there is nothing you can do or say, think or feel that will give your legs and lungs the strength to push forward. You are mentally and physically spent! I think this just about sums it up! I have also learned some new and colourful swear words….
I’ve been looking at what I can do to overcome the exhaustion and what actions should I be taking on this tough period of training.
- Put things into perspective – it would be easy to quit and embrace a defeatist mentality at this point of my training. I have worked so hard and not long got over a serious illness. I need to review the progress that has already been made and just go with it. if I need to walk at any time, so be it.
- Take a Rest Day or Cross Train – I am having a few niggles this week (knee and hip flexor) so I have made the decision to cross train this week. (Spin, boxercise, swim and rowing). Allowing my body time to recover better.
- Reduce the volume or intensity in my training – hopefully by Sunday, my legs will be less tired.
- Nutrition – I need to start keeping a log of my diet. Although I have been carbing up, I am not 100% sure that pizza is a complex carb!
- Think Positive – there have certainly been a few tears recently and I am trying to keep a positive mindset. This has helped by talking to those closest to me – as in running friends.
This week I have been Cross training to reduce the impact in my knee and to give my body a break. Nothing gives me quite the same rush as running but needs must. I aim to go out again on Sunday on a 16 miler but perhaps at a slower pace than my usual 10/10.30.
How has your marathon training been? Have you ever hit the wall and what have you done to get over it?! How are you feeling at this stage of your training?
May your miles be long and your injuries a few….