I’ve never had an injury.
Yep – never. There have been times I felt a twinge of something coming. When I did I pulled back. I rested. I lowered my mileage, even stopped it for a little. I listen to my body. ALWAYS.
Listening to my body is what I credit to this no injury streak that has lasted 10 plus years. I also believe that because I didn’t get sucked into running crazy miles from the get go, my body has been able to adapt properly to the increased mileage. When I started running – 20 miles a week was HUGE for me. When I trained for my first marathon 40 miles a week was HUGE for me. Now 70+ miles is HUGE for me. It took me 8+ years to make it up to 90 miles and even then I’ve only done that once. One day I hope to make it to the 3 digit weekly mileage, but I am in no rush. I want my body to be able to handle that with out breaking down.
Along the way I’ve made some not so great decisions. Running 3 marathons in 5 weeks comes to mind as my last INSANE running adventure.
This year it was going to be 2 marathons in 1 week.
I wanted to run NYC this year *for fun* because they lowered the automatic qualifying standards and this is the last year that I would be able to have a guaranteed entry to the race. After this year the time I need would be sub 3. While I do believe I will go sub 3 one day – it’s not going to be easy.
The plan was to train my butt off this summer – run Marine Corps Marathon for the 7th time and get my sub 3:10 and then double back and just putz at NYC.
The more I thought about Marine Corps and running two marathons in one week the more I decided it was a recipe for disaster. Could I do it? Probably. Do other runners do it and not get injured? Yes. But I’m not comparing myself to any but me. It’s not smart for me. My end goal is to be a runner for life. YES I love love love PR’s and yes I want a 2 in front of my marathon number, but I’m not willing to risk a lifetime of being a runner just for a time on the clock one fall.
Is this a bit dramatic? Yes. Two marathons in one week might not hurt me at all, but I’m just not willing to take that risk right now.
So I’ve decided for now NYC it is.
Am I being a crazy person and looking for other marathons that might fit into my time schedule but that are farther away from NYC? Yes. Do I think I will end up running another one? Probably not and I’m OK with that.
If I have an awesome day at NYC then I’ll get my sub 3:10, but I don’t want to head in to the weekend with a time goal pressure looming over me. So the goal is to have fun. If fun means 3:0X then I’m good with that and if fun means 3:30 – I’m good with that also.
What this new low stress attitude to my running means? I can race shorter races this fall and not feel like OH shoot I’m missing a long run or stress OH NO what about my marathon time? I know at this point I can finish a marathon on just about any day of my life [it may involve run/walking - but I can finish]. This means I’m not the least bit worried about NYC or how many long runs I do or do not get in this training cycle. I’ve done 3 – 18’s and 1 – 20 – so I have a pretty good long run base if I can just maintain.
Last weekend I ran 11.5 miles instead of 20 on Saturday and raced a 10K on Sunday. It wasn’t my fastest race by a long shot, but I had fun and came in 3rd female overall. It reminded me that I love RACING. Not just marathons, I love racing period. I also don’t feel the slightest bit bad about the fact that I didn’t finish a super long run.
Low stress is what I need right now and it seems to be working in terms of how my body feels and how I’m running. 70 miles last week in 6 days felt AWESOME.
11 miles yesterday to start the week off right.
8 miles this morning with my speedy friend. This morning she said she hoped I didn’t mind that we took it easy. If this is easy then I literally can not wait for what BIG DREAMS might come true in the future.
- mile 1: 8:01
- mile 2: 7:32
- mile 3: 7:25
- mile 4: 7:26
- mile 5: 7:27
- mile 6: 7:24
- mile 7: 7:30
- mile 8: 7:25
7:31 avg – 8 miles in 1 hour
DREAM BIG friends – DREAM BIG.
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