Friday, October 17, 2014

Third Half Marathon Journey: The Ending Before the Beginning

Tomorrow, I will be running my third half marathon! Holy Moly! If you want to follow along on my first half marathon journey or my second, you can find those linked below:

First Half Marathon. Second Half Marathon. Third Half Marathon.

The past couple weeks' trainings haven't gone as planned. I've been really tired and that has taken a toll on my body. This past week, I was supposed to do three runs: 4 miles, then 3 miles, then 2 and I literally only did one four mile run. But, I'm not discouraged because I know that my health has to come first - after all, that was why I started this journey to begin with. I also have recently had some sort of calf injury. I haven't quite figured out what it is - but I'm just trying to make it through Saturday and then figure out what to do - if I need to go to the doctor...if I just need a bit of rest...if I need to roll my calves every night. Of course, anytime you push your body to new limits, you're going to have aches and pains and that's something I've come to recognize after working out. But this feels different. This feels like an injury. So we'll see.
We also switched up our training and differed from the Cal Higdon method a bit. We skipped our 8 mile run and did nine miles during week 9 and then ten miles during week 10 instead; then the week before our half, we did 8 miles. I was concerned about doing ten miles the week before the half and wanted to have a bit of a taper. I'm sure it's not a big deal for a lot of people to not have any taper, but for me - especially with, what I think is, a calf injury - it was important to have a bit of a rest. 
 I can't believe I'm about to type what I'm about to type, but here goes. I have been feeling like maybe I'm ready to take on a new challenge. I definitely don't feel like I can devote the time I need to running a full marathon; but I might be able to do 18 miles or 20. I just really want to have a balance between working out and being a mom/wife. It's so important for me to reach my goals and have "me" time, but my three kids are still little and I am still working a full-time job outside of the home and holy moly, it's hard to manage it all. I am just not sure I'm ready to take on the challenge of a full marathon YET (haha. Yet. Eeek. That's why you never say never. Because if you would have asked me two years ago if I'd ever do a HALF marathon, let alone a FULL, I would have said NEVER. No Way. Not me. And now I'm using words like "yet.").

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