Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dreams and Plans 👣

I am feeling a little anxious as I write this post. The past few weeks I have come up short on my long runs and the pain in my 👣 tootsies is really increasing. This is a concern since the demands only increase from here on out. My heart is saying hold on, my feet are saying fool, let go.

There is suppose to be a lot power in writing your goals down.
  • It ceases to become a wish or a dream, and it actually becomes a plan. 
  • It helps to list out the steps needed to accomplish the plan. 
  • It helps you to break it down in pieces and so you don't get overwhelmed. 
  • It helps you to overcome resistance and doubts. 
  • It helps you to celebrate progress. 

I have been extremely hesitant to say I am training, because I don't want to admit defeat. I am the queen of having to bail at week 7 or 8, and not be able to continue, but the reality is there is a method to my madness, I have a plan. I got through building my base and currently have been checking off the weeks.

Hmmmm interestingly enough, here I am at 8 weeks in again...This my recap of how they have gone.

Richmond Plan
WK 1 6 5 6 17
Actual  6.22 2 5 13.22
WK 2 6 5 8 19
Actual  7         bike 7 14
WK 3 6 5 10 21
Actual  8 6 7.26 21.26
WK 4 6 7 12 25
Actual  6 5.1 10 21.1
WK 5 6 7 10 23
Actual  6.2 7 13.1 26.3
WK 6 6 8 14 28
Actual  6.5 7.5 10.63 2.6 27.23
WK 7 8 7 16 31
Actual  7.26 6 13.11 26.37
WK 8 8 7 12 27
Actual  7.76 7.3 10 25.06
WK 9 8 7 16 31
Actual 


My basic strategies:
  • Don't over think things
  • Don't look too far ahead
  • Worry about one run at a time
  • Take a break if needed
  • Use intervals for long runs
  • Don't let the snooze button win! Make every steady week day run count
  • If something doesn't seem to be working, rest, then try again.

I admit the 4:30 a.m. wake up call for a 8 mile run has been challenging. If I do not get started before 5 a.m. I can't get that mileage done and get to work on time, but I have been close.

Running three days a week is a bare bones schedule in the running world, but in my heart, I believe it it is enough for me.  I worked on building my endurance the past few months and now I have invested so much time, I don't want to throw it away. Well some days, I do! It has not been easy, but really I don't LOL

I am at a critical point and my unhealthy hooves are starting to feel the wear and tear.

If I am able to continue, I have 8 weeks to go.

I am not sure if this will be a speed bump or the end, but I figured this may be a good time to recap what I have 😍 accomplished so far.

My heart's desire is pretty simple. I want to be able to complete 26.2 using 4 x 1 intervals (or less)

Do you believe in the power of a written goal?

34 comments:

  1. Karen, if anyone can do it, you can. The other Karen (frenchinspiration) only does 3 runs a week, I think, for her marathon training.

    But as a somewhat impartial bystander, I also worry that the potential damage might outweigh the benefits.

    I hope that it works out for you and that you can accomplish your dream. And hey, that's tomorrow's wednesday word!

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    1. I should have linked up! I didn't realize it was the word until I read some posts lol
      I am worried about the potential of more damage. It is very hard because all damage I receive now is permanent damage. I still have days where i cannot believe how my toes are hanging. I am trying to give the feet a chance to calm down and decide.

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  2. I know people who have completed marathons on one day a week. Most of us in the run blog world tend to be overachievers, but the reality is that most of us don't have to do nearly as much work as we do to be able to finish a marathon if that's our only goal. If you are a reasonably fit person who exercises consistently, you can complete a marathon. It may not be fast and it may not be pretty but it can be done. As a side note, a similar discussion came up in the local running group Facebook page and people were chiming in saying the know people who have run a marathon with 5 miles as their longest run.

    Anyway this is my long-winded way of saying - you are doing enough. Your base and your 3 days per week of running and gradually increasing your mileage WILL get you through the marathon. But you also need to stay healthy, so take it one day at a time, listen to your body, and don't push the pace. As they say: if you're undertrained, you may not finish; if you're overtrained, you may not start.

    Good luck! You can do it!

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    1. I agree with everything Hanna said!! Who the hell knows, you could maybe run it tomorrow! Look at your whole life as your preparation!

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    2. Thank you Hanna and Megan :) I think I can last that long but I am not sure if my feet will explode. My big thing is I don't want to have to walk large portions of it to calm the pain. I can live with doing 4 x 1 and not being to run the whole thing but if I have to walk outside of the plan I am going to feel bad. So far my feet can barely hold on for three hours before the hard pain starts...
      I am relieved to hear agreement that 3 days a week is enough! I feel like most people do run more than that for sure. I am glad to hear people get through one with less.

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  3. Every time I pop over I'm always inspired. It takes a lot of determination and toughness to fight through like you have. I admire your desire and let it drive my training. Keep up the work, I know you will always make the right decisions :)

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    1. Thank you so much :) I am trying to hang in there and not grow weary lol Some days easier than others.

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  4. I can completely relate to the dilemma of whether to keep pushing forward or to take a step back. I'm pretty injury-prone myself, so 3 days a week of running was really all I was able to handle, too - and even so I was still fighting aches and pains. I say listen to your body first. Also, taking a stepback week or two might be really beneficial. In most marathon training plans, you usually build up for no more than 3-4 consecutive weeks before taking an easier week to let the body recharge a bit. It doesn't look like you've taken any stepback weeks in your training to date.

    In any event - I think your mental approach and basic strategies are really smart! And I am in total admiration that you can get the miles done at that hour before going to work. That takes a ton of discipline!!!

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    1. I had to tweak my training calendar because I missed some long runs already lol I would have built up then dropped back but I kind of blew it lol
      Thanks Emily, I am trying to tell myself I just have to get up that early for a short time but it is hard some days. If the weather would change I could try some evening runs but so far the humidity reigns here and I can't handle bugs, a full tummy and heat at night! I am chilling this week and letting the pain calm down.

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  5. I ran a marathon on 3x a week running, and it got me across the finish line and uninjured!! So I have total faith that you can do this. I think you're playing it smart and safe with your end goal in mind. Writing is all down can make it scarier because it's real, and then the risk seems bigger, but I think you've got this. Just trust the plan and keep moving forward!

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    1. That is good to hear! I am glad 3 days a week worked for you! I was hoping my feet would have time to recover between runs but it seems those long runs are going to be a challenge, my feet are melting down after 2.5 hours. I am chilling this week and seeing if I can get the pain calm and then I will try again!

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  6. I know you can do it on 3 days of running. Run the week you are in, and you will get there!

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  7. I definitely agree, 3 days per week is definitely enough to get you across that finish line! I do 3 days a week and mix in some strength training and that seems a good balance for me :) My fingers are crossed for you.

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    1. 3 days seems to be working for unless I do super long runs. I am trying to get motivated and beef my strength up but I have been slacking lol

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  8. If your goal is to cross the finish line, you can do it with a 3 day plan. Don't stress. You've got a few things on your side, cooler weather being a big one. Stay calm and patient. Stress burns too much mental energy! I'm a fan of writing down (or verbalizing out loud) big goals. It always makes me very nervous, but it can be so motivating at the same time!

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    1. I have been afraid to admit it to anyone! I guess at this point I am trying anything i can to get myself over this hump. I am chilling and letting the pain calm this week and I will try to figure out what next when I feel better.
      I am glad I am hearing 3 days a week is enough from so many folks :)

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  9. You can absolutely do this Karen! Take it as your body lets you, and enjoy the journey! I trained for my Marathon on an average of 3.5 running days per week, and I finished! The pains of now are really nothing compared to the pain of mile 20 and 22 or 24, but the pains now will get you to the finish line. The one thing that I remember I wish I had changed of my training was to always run my long runs, even if tired or cold.

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    1. I am afraid of the pain at mile 20 24 26 ...LOL I guess I can cry and run right.
      I have been trying to not miss a long run! All mine have been really slow but I try to get them done. I may shorten some of the really long ones to save my feet for race day...still trying to decide.

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  10. I give you alot of credit for writing this out. I decided this week that I won't be running a half in November, which was up in the air for awhile. But I just got so tired of coming back to say every few weeks that my foot hurts again. I feel like its easier to not even blog about it. I had a great stretch of 3-4 weeks with no pain, and then yesterday it started hurting again.
    But i think you are doing great and if your foot can handle it you can absolutely train on 3 days a week! I think if you rest when needed that it will help alot.

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    1. That is so me! I understand completely. It is hard when the pain drags out for so long! I am sorry to hear your foot started up again. I know how good it must have felt to be pain free. My stretches with out pain are extremely limited. I really do want to do a marathon just once and then I will ease up. I realize this is way too much for my damaged feet to sustain for long, but I am just asking for another 50 days or so! I am chilling this week trying to let the aches calm down.
      I hope you get some relief soon!

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  11. I do like to have a plan written down too but sometimes my body doesn't cooperate. I just had to down grade my half race to a 10k but I think I am ok with it.

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  12. Don't admit defeat yet! I think taking it one run at a time as you've been doing is the way to go. That way you can listen to your body and not push yourself to injury. Can you go back to things you've done in the past to help your foot pain? Is there a doctor you can go to? Not making the pain worse would be my only worry. As for your training, you've done great so far! You know your body best, and if you think this training is working for you, then it is!

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    1. Thanks :) Letting the foot calm is my goal this weeek! I need to stay of fit and ice but hopefully it if will calm down, I can try to modify my plan a bit and keep going.
      I have seen my Doc and I have my new orthoiics coming, but beyond that I don't have a lot of options other than not run for three hours lol and who knows maybe that is answer. I can still get through the race with out doing a zillion long runs.

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  13. I hope the pain goes away and stays away. I know how much you enjoy running!

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    1. I do love running. I wish I could handle a bit more but I have to be happy with what I can do!

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  14. You have to do what's right for you, but I think you've totally got this. So many marathon plans only incorporate 3 day a week training. Since you're planning to use intervals I think it helps that the Galloway marathon plan only incorporates 3 days a week of running and two of these runs are only supposed to be 30 minutes easy (and the other is the long run of course).

    Plus you may have 8 weeks of training left but I bet a couple of those are taper weeks!

    Take it one day at a time!

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    1. I am worried this week. I only ran once and the pain is coming on much sooner in a run than it used to, so I decided to chill. I couldn't even get on my bike because it has been raining like crazy all week. I mostly keep wondering what will happen when I am out there for five hours or more on my feet...I can't "practice" that it is too risky. I am thinking the actual race could be very painful...it makes me nervous.
      Just 8 weeks is right! my longest run so far has been about 2:45 - I am not sure I can get past that amount of time.

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  15. I do believe in having written goals or at least a training plan. Somehow, I feel more committed to it, seeing it laid out in front of me!

    I think 3 days per week is fine, You have to listen to your body.

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    1. I tried to cover all the steps I could :) but yep, in the end my feet rule the roost.

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  16. Yes, yes, YES! I absolutely believe in the power of a written goal! That's why I love writing down everything, making lists all the time. 3 days is enough :) and I know you can do it, because I can FEEL how much you want it! And if you want it enough I know you can do it! You are awesome Karen and I wish you all the best with this plan. I believe in you :D

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    1. That is so sweet :) thank you for the encouragement- I do want it! I hope writing it all out gives me that extra edge :)
      Keep making those lists!! It is a great thing to check off the accomplishments!

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