It’s hard to believe in 2 weeks I’ll have (hopefully) run my next marathon. Training is going as best as it can in a short period. This 5-week buildup has been different than any other marathon because it’s short and I’m feeling undertrained. My goal is to get to both the start and finish line healthy. I don’t have a goal to run X time, but I solely want to run healthy and enjoy myself. I am contemplating running the marathon more like a long run than race as a hard race. I would appreciate it more as well as recover faster. I haven’t fully decided though yet.
|Monday||Easy 50 minutes|
|Tuesday:||Easy 50 minutes|
|Wednesday:||10 miles averaging 8:19 with a fast finish|
|Thursday:||Easy 4 miles with Jen M.|
|Friday:||Swim 3000 meters|
|Saturday:||Easy 60 minutes|
|Sunday:||AC Half Marathon+ 7 miles for 20 total miles|
The goal on Sunday was to test my hamstring with 20 miles. It felt 100% fine for the entire race and miles afterward. It was the best-case scenario. It feels good that I’m able to push runs I couldn’t a few weeks ago. Fast and track style workouts are what aggravate it the most. Long runs and marathon paced work doesn’t seem to bother it anymore.
The Progression of my Hamstring (High Hamstring Tendinitis stemming from the glute medius).
5 weeks ago, I couldn’t run.
3 weeks ago, I could only run very slow.
2 weeks ago, it was noticeable to run fast.
1 week ago, it was somewhat noticeable to run fast.
This week it fine to paces up to 6:55. (I just haven’t done anything faster than that)
So there is progress when I type it out like that.
From here, I’ll run a fairly similar run next week (not 20 miles though) and do a short taper. I’m also realistic that my training cycle has been nothing close to ideal. That’s okay, that’s been the theme of the entire 2019.
I am trying to find the best words to say: I just don’t like marathons. I don’t like the training and I feel like it’s not the right fit for me. After NYCM, I doubt I’m going to train for another for a while (I am talking years). I would need a good reason to want too. Truthfully, if NYCM wasn’t such a prestigious race and big deal, I probably wouldn’t run, but I like New York. I like the race, the environment, and everything else. I just don’t like marathons or marathon training. As you can see, I need to find better ways to convey those thoughts.
In all, it was a good week and it was the best case scenario at Atlantic City.
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Questions for you:
Have you dealt with hamstring pain?
Do you like marathons?