Frankenstein-ing It

Well, less than a month away and I’m piecing together what’s left of my training. I hope to salvage what I’ve done up to this point and finish strong so that I can give it all I have October 7th.

Last week was finally a week of running more than two times, lol.

Monday I took advantage of the Labor Day holiday and met up with a BTB teammate (who is now running St. George, too!!) early in the morning and got some good miles in. I had 2 miles WU, 2 @ 7:45, and 2 CD and I was very happy to hit the fast paces at 7:34 and 7:43.

Tuesday after work I met up with my local running group for 4 miles. I tried to make it a progressive run and was successful despite it being disrespectful outside.

Wednesday was a rest day.

Thursday sucked. I went out in hopes of another 4, this time easy. But even easy was too much for me and I stopped at 2.5 and walked home. I’d never done that. I’d always finish a run even if I slogged my way. But, I just felt like crap. A foreshadowing of what was to come.

Me text to my husband

Friday rest.

Saturday I planned for 15. I met up with my OG St. George training buddy Ashley at 4 a.m. to get a head start before meeting up with the rest of our group. But about 3 miles in, my stomach did not feel good. At all. I knew we’d passed the gas station where I could’ve stopped and the only option left was to make it back to the start. But at mile 4 I knew I was done. I told Ash to go on and I started walking hoping to appease my stomach. I felt shitty, literally and figuratively.

And I ended up with 5 miles before going home.

Later that evening, I willed myself to go for at the least another 5–which I was able to do feeling better the whole way. So 10 total. Not 15, but something. Which at this point, is better than nothing.

Note the shitty last mile.

Much better…


And that was my week!! I’ve never been so happy for 22.5 miles 😀

–How was your running week?

–Have you had shitty runs? 😉 (Suzy, make me feel better here)

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13 responses

  1. Not bad. And if you are going to have a “crappy” run, its great to have it on a 15 miler which would be considered low mileage at this point in your training. At least it didn’t happen on an epic long run that you need mentally and physically to feel prepared. For a seasoned marathoner and someone who made it this far into this training cycle, a 15 miler cut short is NBD. You’re still doing great. Keep it up and hope you are feeling better this week!

    • I was a little bummed because I haven’t gotten a “long” run in a while (I got 16 in 8/5 and 18 on 8/12) so this 15er was a big deal to me. Not being able to get it done added to the shittiness that I felt. I’m supposed to do 20 next weekend and am thinking 18 is more realistic/healthy….we’ll see

      • Do what you can. And if all else fails you can always do a few miles later in the day. I’ve definitely done it before when I had a “shitty” run. It’s okay to occasionally do that for long runs and you might find it makes you feel better just knowing you got it all in. Sometimes a long two a day can be great!

  2. My week of running looked a lot like yours. I didn’t cut any runs short, but that is only because I skipped several of them completely. Try not to stress too much about cutting your long run short. You are already a marathon veteran and the training you have already put in this year is not going to completely disappear after a few bad weeks. Keep doing what you can. You’ve got this!

  3. Girl, I hear you. This past week was a real shitty week of workouts, including a 20 miler on Saturday when my legs felt like bricks at MILE 1! I was reading on socalrunnergal’s blog the other day about how our lady cycle affects our running. I would like to blame that on last week’s miserable runs…maybe you can too?! 🙂 I hope this week goes much better my dear!

  4. Okay, so I checked here every single day for weeks but then stopped once Jesse was born but now I’m back, even though I am SUPER LATE. I AM SO SORRY. Speaking of shitty runs, have you seen that article circulating about the women who is crapping on people’s lawns? It’s on the news or something. So many people have sent me that article. :/ HAHAHA. Anyway, yes, I have incredibly horrifying pants-shitting stories for you. Once, it was all I could do to make it back to my van and do diarrhea into one of Callum’s diapers. Nobody knows that story (actually, I think I told Allison F the pole dancer because she poops too) but I chalked it up as a sign of hard work. Back in University (you guys call it college or something) when we’d have soccer try-outs in August, everyone would do fitness drills to the point of puking or crapping (nearly) their pants. Obviously you don’t want to be doing this all the time, but once in a while is okay.

    OMG I can’t believe I just typed all that out.