Marathon, maybe?

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As I mentioned in my last post, I have started running again since my shoulder surgery, and I’m starting to feel ready to train again. It’s been a bit of a start-and-stop process because I ran a few times in mid-December, then promptly laid on my couch while my friend was out of town for the holidays. I didn’t feel ready or motivated just yet, quite frankly. It was probably the way-too-many glasses of wine, the endless candy, and general holiday laziness, but I felt pretty content in my gluttony and sloth. As the holidays drew to a close, though, I found myself ready to get “back to normal,” as it were. And I found myself ready to think about training for something again.

For some reason – Lord knows why – I feel compelled to try and train for another marathon. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I’m going with it. I don’t know how realistic it is for my schedule or my body…but I’m willing to give it the old college try. I love the phrase “the old college try,” by the way. Like, irrationally so. It really just epitomizes college and I think it’s great. ANYWAY.

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That time I gave bourbon the old college try

So, January 1, 2018 commenced my training for…some marathon. I haven’t completely decided which one yet, but it will likely take place the last weekend of April or the first weekend in May. I have my ideas, but I’m open to suggestions. While I’m committed to my training, I also am prepared to be realistic. If it’s making me stressed or crazy or making things unnecessarily hard with our placement, I won’t do it. If my back starts to bother me consistently, I won’t do it. My plan is to take it week by week and see how it goes! I’m hoping that regular strength training in the gym will help a lot – something I was lacking last time.

I’m wildly out of shape right now, but I’m going to record my paces here because…well…I think it is helpful. It lets me (and you) see progress. I can’t pretend I’m one of those people who can not run for months at a time and then jump right back in at an 8:30 pace and a 10 mile long run. I’m just not. So, here it – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Monday, January 1 – 4 mile run: My first run in several weeks and boy, was it ugly! My lungs burned, my legs burned, I took walk breaks every mile, I struggled to talk to my friend Pearce. I prayed for it to be over. Eventually it was. And I prevailed! My overall pace was – gasp – 10:57.

Tuesday, January 2 – 4 mile run: Pretty much the same as the first one, but just ever so slightly less painful. It’s a long road to getting my fitness back. Still taking walk breaks every mile, but shorter! Overall pace 10:48 – progress!

Wednesday, January 3 – strength training: Although I tried to start going back to the gym in early December, my shoulder wasn’t quite ready yet. I decided to finish out physical therapy and then try again after the new year, so this workout was my first day back! I did a full body workout that focused on my legs and my back and I was pretty worn out! Unfortunately, thanks to the pile of hospital bills sitting on my counter, I’m not able to do unlimited personal training right now, so I’m going at it more or less on my own in the gym. Of course, my trainer gave me some great tips and offered to help me with whatever I need! I’m a little scared to be doing it on my own, but I trained with him for about 5 months before my surgery so I should have SOME clue what I’m doing, right? Right. My legs and back are sorrrrreee after my workout!

Thursday, January 4 – 3 mile run: Ok, this run was a little better! I only took one walk break the entire time (yes, in my big 3 mile run), and my lungs didn’t burn quite as bad. I was able to maintain conversation with Pearce a little bit better, and our overall pace was 10:24! That’s a big drop so I’m happy.

Friday, January 5 – strength training: I focused on upper body today and it was rough. I still have some lingering pain from my surgery where they cut off part of my collarbone. I’m cleared to do any and all activity by my physical therapist, but she said sometimes things might hurt a lot. And well, they do. In some ways, I haven’t lost as much strength as I thought, but in others (like bench press, oy) it seems like I will never be back to where I used to be. Oh well. The good news is that I spared you a gym selfie.

Saturday, January 6 – 6 mile long run: I was a little nervous about my first “long” run since I’m still taking a lot of walk breaks, but I set the goal for myself to only take walk breaks every 2 miles. That’s my normal walk break for long runs during marathon training (since that’s about how often water stops are in races), but I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I can definitely tell my fitness is improving because Pearce and I were able to make it through the run with no problem! It was also my “fastest” of the week at 10:21 pace. Slowly but surely!

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I normally don’t wear sunglasses when I run, but this winter sun is bright! Also, we went at 3 pm to try and make sure we wouldn’t freeze, and we still couldn’t feel our faces at the end. SAD!

Sunday, January 7 – OFF: I’m not sure what my training schedule will be for off days, but this week, I decided Sunday would be it. After 6 days in a row of workouts after a couple months off, I was ready!

LEAVE A COMMENT: Are you training for a spring marathon?

23 thoughts on “Marathon, maybe?

  1. This is GREAT news mostly because of your attitude! I love that you will “try” it and, if it’s making you mental, you will stop. How sane is that? I’m doing that exact thing this year too with only one big race goal at the beginning of the summer. So far, so good.
    Looking forward to following whatever happens with you ๐Ÿ™‚ And don’t you love those goodr sunglasses?

    1. I’m glad to finally be sane for once, haha! I have to be realistic. I’m never going to be on the podium, so running should be fun and reduce my stress. If it’s adding to it, I’m doing it wrong!

  2. I look forward to your updates and I’m glad to hear you are running again. That is exciting. Your attitude through everything always amazes me. You are one of the most positive people I follow.

  3. I’ve been injured so not training for anything right now, but you had a great first week back! Way to go for getting out there for the runs, strength training, and the long run. I think once you get back in the swing of things your paces will improve even more. I’m hoping to start back this week and run consistently, once the snow melts a bit. The roads here have been icy and dicey lately. I really want to train for a marathon this year, but that will have to be much later in the year for me.

    1. I know my paces will get better as I get back in cardio shape, although it is hard to imagine right now! Sitting on the couch for the better part of 2 months will do that to you, haha! I hope you feel better soon!

  4. I am trying to train for the Oklahoma City Marathon at the end of April, but like you, I feel as Iโ€™m starting from the beginning. Slow going so far.

    1. That is one of the races I am considering, Mark! At least you’re not alone with the slow goings of training. It’s rough!

  5. Great job on your first week! You are so motivating! Of course you know I want you to come to Oklahoma for the Memorial Marathon at the end of April! You’ll have a bunch of friends there!

    1. I know, I know ๐Ÿ™‚ That is definitely one of my top two choices. Just need to see if I can convince my running partner to come with me!

  6. Goodr sunglasses are the only ones I’ve found that don’t slide while I’m running. I know of the Carmel Marathon (Indiana) on April 21 and the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon on April 28. I feel like I took two months too long off after my marathon on November 4th … just got back to it this morning and it was a sad sight.

    1. I’m right there with you, Elizabeth! I had my surgery on November 1 and basically had run maybe 3 times since then. It was ROUGH out there! I did the Kentucky Derby Marathon a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot! Are you eyeing a spring marathon?

    1. That is one of my top choices! I think I’ve narrowed it down to OKC and one other ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your training! You can do it!

    1. Thanks, Haley! That sounds like so much fun, but I have already done the Pig (well, the half) twice. I think I am going to try a new race for my next marathon! I know you guys will have an absolute blast, though!!

  7. Glad to hear that you are back with some running and strength training – and being smart about all of it!

    I havenโ€™t signed up for anything yet, and really donโ€™t have a specific plan of whether or not to run any races this year. For me, I felt like with ~3650 miles I ran too much last year and occasionally felt over-trained. So one thought for me is to reduce my running volume this year, maybe vary things a little … who knows. Right now today was the first above-freezing day in 3 weeks, so I really am not thinking about those types of things yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yeahhh a 10-mile per day average might be running too much, but who am I to say? Whatever works for you, your body, and your sanity. It would be fun to see you racing again, though!

  8. Goals move you and goals shape you! Thatโ€™s why you need a marathon on your schedule! I get it! If you rest, you rust! #goals2018 #letsdothis

    1. Absolutely! That’s pretty much how I feel about it. I love to run and exercise, but I definitely do better with a goal.

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