Marathon Training

Man, man, man… I’ll tell you something: I am so freaking busy! That is really unbelievable!

My marathon training takes up so much time. Currently I’m runnning 30+ miles a week – that’s almost 50 km. And you can certainly imagine, that that takes some time. My plan for this week looks like this:

 

Tuesday: 5 miles (8 km)

Thursday: 7 miles (11 km)

Friday: 5 miles (8 km)

Sunday: 16 miles (26 km)

 

I still love doing that and my plan to run the marathon is definitely still up. I definitely have to admit, though that I sometimes hit a wall during the training. Just on Monday I had a small motivational low.  🙁

I ran 15 miles last Sunday, which took me 2.5 hours by the way, and everything hurt on Monday morning. I’ve already been fighting a Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis for a few weeks. That is an inflammation of the mentioned Posterior Tibialis tendon which ends below the arch of the foot. It does tweak quite a bit sometimes, I have to say. So that means for me even more stretching than before, icing everything all the time, massaging feet and calves well and if it is really bad, I have to take some Ibuprofen. Of course that’s not ideal, but what am I supposed to do?

I made this plan and I will do everything to realize it. On Monday I went to the chiropractor again, since I have also had a little back pain again since last week. I have to say, though that my back causes the least problems. And I have worried so much about it. If I had known that instead everything else would hurt.

My chiropractor got me back out of my movivational hole, though. I thought: Who knows, maybe 15 miles is all my body can give. Maybe I’ll just have to accept that.

But my dear Dr. Paul just explained to me that I shouldn’t be too surprised that everything hurts when I run such distances. Every athlete’s muscles and joints hurt at some point. That is just normal and with the right care I will also get over those little ouches.

Tadaaa… Back is the motivation! Thank you, Dr. Paul! 🙂

 

Already next week will be the 200-mile relay race Ragnar. Oh man… I’m really excited about this one. Friday morning we’ll start at 9 am in Los Angeles and we will probably arrive around noon on Saturday in San Diego. Hopefully that won’t kill me.

I will keep you in the loop and I will most likely also take my camera with me and take a few cool pictures!

 

This is the Ragnar course map:

 

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