Tuesday, September 28, 2010

knee pain + marathon in 12 days = not good

In case anyone is wondering, training for a marathon is not a walk in the park. Mitch has been battling knee pain for a while now. I had some after the half marathon we ran last month, but it went away after a couple of days and I hadn't thought much about it since.

Well it reared its ugly head this last Friday and won't go away. Apparently running 18-20 miles on the weekends in addition to playing singles tennis is more than my knees can handle. Mitch had his chiropractor appointment this morning which really seems to be helping him, so he made me an appointment too. With some foam rolling and the right strengthening and stretching exercises he believes we will both be running this marathon. But no more tennis!

I am pretty sure taper madness will be setting in now. I'm going to have a lot of time on my hands with no tennis and very little running to be done in the next 12 days! Maybe I could work on Morgan's baby book that is 3 1/2 years past due?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I ran 20 miles today

I just have to keep saying it! I wasn't sure I should do it because my legs were still somewhat tired from running a 10K race last Saturday, then an 18 mile run Sunday. Then playing tennis Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (probably shouldn't be doing that but it's fun!)

So I told myself I'd go for 14 and see how it went and keep going if I could. When I got to 14 I told myself "it's only 6 more miles!". I hope I say that on marathon day after running 20 miles.

It hurt (my knees are still sore from last weekend and my calves kept wanting to cramp up), it was hot (75 when I started, just over 90 when I finished) and it was long (almost 4 hours) but I did it! And I'm so glad I did. Now the work is done and I rest up for the marathon that is 3 weeks from today!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I am ending a relationship

With my Asics. I've been running in them for years, well before I really got into running, and overall I like them. But ever since I started running consistently I've gotten blisters. They are painful and annoying and I was stressing out about how I was going to make it 26.2 miles with them.

So Saturday I went back to the running store and someone finally realized I had too much room in the toe of my shoes, so my feet were sliding around too much causing the blisters. I bought a pair of Mizunos and finally for the first time in a few weeks I was excited to run again. 5 miles yesterday and 9 miles today and not even a hint of a blister. I'm sold! Bring on the marathon! Well, maybe not quite yet...