After conquering the Polar Vortex last week, I felt pretty confident heading into this past week of training. After making it through subzero temperatures, wind, ice and snow, I thought this week would feel like a breeze.
Ha! As the week began I felt my body starting to ache and slowly progress as if I was getting the flu. I’m not sure what actually happened – whether I got a mild version of the flu or my body was responding negatively to a new medicine I was trying to treat this autoimmune condition – but either way, this week was rough.
Week 3 of Bayshore marathon training was certainly not what I had hoped, but I am grateful that these obstacles are presenting themselves in the beginning of training rather than just before race day.
This week was all about adjusting my training plan, taking extra rest days, listening to my body and finding that fine line between doing too much and doing too little.
Here is my marathon training recap for week 3!
Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 3
Monday, 2/4 – Yoga
This yoga sequence has been a staple in my training plans for the past three marathons. Since I began including it regularly into my training, I have yet to become injured (knock on wood). It targets all of the most needed areas for runners and really helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead!
After completing my first double digit “long run” this yoga routine was definitely needed. My entire body was feeling pretty tight at the start of this sequence, but I did feel much better afterwards. I love beginning the week with a yoga routine to loosen things up after a long run.
Tuesday, 2/5 – Rest
My entire body was really hurting from those 10 miles on Saturday, which I didn’t really think much of until today. Everything seemed to be sore and painful still, from my neck down to my legs. I decided to skip the 4 miles on the schedule and take a rest day in hopes that my aches and pains would fade with an extra day of recovery.
Wednesday, 2/6 – Rest
Things began to feel even worse by Wednesday, and I found myself barely able to get up off the couch. I was a bit confused what was causing these pains because I didn’t feel like I was getting sick, except for the fact that my lymph nodes were noticeably swollen in my neck. There was no way I’d be able to complete an interval run, so I reluctantly took another rest day.
Thursday, 2/7 – Strength Workout
My body started to feel better by Thursday and I was getting really antsy, so I decided to complete my usual strength training routine without any added weights or equipment. This workout really left me out of breath which is quite unusual, so I knew I wasn’t fully recovered from whatever was making my body ache. However, I’m definitely glad I was able to fit in some movement!
Friday, 2/8 – Rest
My throat was pretty sore and breathing was feeling a bit labored so I hunkered down and skipped yet another run. At this point I was just trying to take advantage of the extra time each day and tried to be as productive as possible.
Saturday, 2/9 – Rest
My husband is the musical director for a production at his school and I am playing in the pit, so Saturday was filled with two performances and no time to run. I knew ahead of time that I’d most likely be switching my run to Sunday, so I didn’t stress about this rest day too much.
Sunday, 2/10 – 6 miles
After a week of sitting on the couch, I finally headed out for a “long run”. I switched my watch to the heart rate screen and focused on keeping my heart rate around 160 for this run to ensure I didn’t push my body too hard without knowing it. This run felt pretty decent but I definitely had to slow down near the end to keep my heart rate low enough.
I am hoping that my body will recover quickly and I’ll be able to jump back in to training this week. I have learned through past experiences that it is always better to play it safe with a few extra rest days that to jump back in too quickly and wind up even more ill just a few days down the road.
Here’s to overcoming those training obstacles!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 2
- Bayshore Marathon Training Recap: Week 1
- Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap
- New York City Marathon Race Recap