Marathon Training – Week 6 – Finding My Way Back To The Pavement …

It’s been over a week and I’m still finding my way back to the pavement which was once the second home for my feet.  I once lived for the rhythmic tapping of my shoes hitting the pavement, which was music to my soul.  I still have no desire to just pound it as much as I once had, and I can’t force it …

That said, I’m sure you’re all wondering how exactly I’m going to pull this marathon off … Don’t worry.  It’s still early in the game.  I’ve got this.  I’m still in full on training mode.  My mentality has not changed.  I’m still going at it as best as I possibly can … giving my mind and my feet a much needed and deserved rest.

This was after my first post meltdown a run last week, but it's all good.

Sunday found me on a spin bike.  I wanted to get some mileage in before work, so I hit it for 30 minutes.  Seated climb, standing climb, then 10 x 1 min intervals.  30 minutes … 9.5 miles.  Perfect.  I left my spin bike drenched, with that ache in my legs that let me know that I got a good workout in for the short amount of time that I had.

Monday:  Tired.  Thought about making it a rest day, but only for a second.  I got dressed and headed off to American Martial Arts Academy.  Great choice!  I love Jeanne!  She knows that I’m capable of more and NEVER lets me slack.  Nope … no, no, no!  Medicine ball and dumbells … alone they’re a great workout by themselves, but it’s kinda rough when you pair them with cardio!  Lots of arms and shoulders, push ups on that dang med ball, planks with rows, then lower body … just let me say that my behind was screaming and sighing at the same time!  Gotta love weighted cardio exercises!

Tuesday:  Rest day.  My do absolutely nothing at all day.  Remember rest days are as important as training days.  Don’t worry, I did run around the ER where I worked which equaled about a couple miles.  No joke.  There was no sitting, I was in constant motion helping everyone.

Wednesday:  Self-Care day.  Hit the Chiropractor.  My most FAVORITE Chiropractor in the world … Dr. Brian Crawford.  He’s awesome.  I’m kind of sadistic and prefer the “torture” of a manual adjustment versus gun manipulation.  I LOVE the sound of my spine clicking into alignment, and I love the feel of it all coming into place – from my neck down.  I’m serious!  Dr. Crawford aligns my thoracic spine by “throwing” me against the door.  I had to laugh because I noticed that there was now new padding hung against the doors where there once was none.  You always know that it’s me being thrown against the door because of my loud exhalation “scream” (it’s not really a scream, more like all the air escaping from me) as soon as it’s done.  I love it!  Makes me happy.  Dr. Crawford not only aligns my spine, but also my hips, ankles, and feet.  He opens up my sinuses by manipulating it with the gun.  I get a massage in which I remind his assistants to push with all their weight – and they do, hitting all the key parts including my feet.  I also sit for H-Wave therapy for my feet and ankles, then lay on the traction table and chill for about 20 minutes.  I believe wholeheartedly that I am and remain healthy because of Chiropractics.  There is documented evidence that individuals who receive regular chiropractic care have 200% greater immune competence than those that do not.  You would not believe how much your spine plays in your health and well being.  For that reason, I will continue to be a loyal patient.  My Chiropractor ROCKS!

Thursday:  I had a good day today.  I put in a great 30 minute spin workout on my bike.  Intervals/Sprints, and a seated

Motto for the week/weak ... Keep. Moving. FORWARD ...

and standing climb.  11 miles.  Yeah!  Immediately afterwards, I got my medicine ball out and opted for a quick resistance workout because I was short on time.  Squat/swing 2×30; Halos 2×25; Triceps 2×25; Biceps 2×25; Step Ups 2×30.  Had to get something in, and I did …

Friday:  Didn’t do much today … just a core workout which was good enough for me.

No stress. Hence, the smile!

Saturday:  My first organized run since my Mini Meltdown.  I was okay going into it because I knew that there was NO expectations.  I had registered for the Riverbank Keep Moving Forward 10k.  Two reasons why I registered: 1) It’s walking distance from my Mother-In-Law’s house.  Literally just right across the street.   And 2) I like little races and knew that it would be a good training run for me.  It was a great venue that supports Vision Impaired (read: Blind) Individuals.  I am thankful for my vision and my ability to see.  I had such a great time at this event!  I even won a Hawaiian Shirt!  How cool is that?!  The ease of packet pickup and race day registration was well organized.  There was breakfast and coffee at the start, which was also post race fuel.  It was a really nice spread, too!  Starbucks coffee, bananas, watermelon, cookies, chips, etc.  There was also LOTS of water, and electrolyte drinks.  The course was well marked with support crew everywhere directing all of the runners – despite my husband laughing and telling me that I would get lost.  Joke’s on him.   Water stops were at mile 1.5, 3, and right before mile 5.  Bathrooms?  Yep!  No course porta-potties but it’s only a 10K so it wasn’t expected.  But the Galaxy Theater in Riverbank opened up their bathroom for us to use pre/post race!

Finished also with a smile!

The run for me was pretty uneventful.  It was a nice run through the streets of Riverbank.  I didn’t PR, which was not the goal, but I didn’t PW either. I’m pretty sure I was in the top 5 of my age group.  I just ran, and as I ran I encouraged all of the other runners, and high fived  all of the support crew.  It was fun, and that, to me, is what running is about.  Having fun, and helping/encouraging others.

I’m still here.  I’m still working out and running.  This week may look light compared to others, but it is what it is.  I’m happier training my way.  I like that I don’t hear the voices that once invaded my head.  I’ve gotten “me” back … the me that is strong willed, strong minded.  I’m sorry that I let so many people influence me for that short period of time … it won’t happen again.  I’ve got a great week planned next week … Week 7  – Look out!

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