A Simple Running Log

September 25, 2013

Training for 9/25/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:50 pm

This morning, I was about to lie back on the weight bench for a set of bench presses, when I had an epiphany.

It’s time to drop to the half at Indy.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, since before whatever went wrong in my foot. It started as a joke when I was in the first couple of miles of a long run — “If I just dropped to the half, I wouldn’t have to run so damn far today.”  Those were, of course, the long runs I actually did, which were getting pretty sparse.

I just couldn’t get into training for this marathon, but I was trying to push myself through it, since I’d already paid for registration and the flights. Besides, I run two marathons a year — Shamrock and whatever sounds good in the fall — and this was supposed to be my fall marathon.

Then, after a weekend when I finally ran all the miles I was supposed to, my foot hurt so bad I couldn’t walk on it for a couple of days. Suddenly that marathon that a month ago sounded about as appealing as a pile of dirty socks became my holy grail. I MUST RUN IT. Foot, heal thyself!

For the next two weeks, I iced, stretched and rolled over a tennis ball that stupid foot whenever I had a free minute. I rode my bike, did my strength training and went to hot yoga to keep up my fitness. All day, I would think about how much time I had left until Indy, how much more time I thought it would be until I could run again and if I’d be ready for the marathon.

Sunday, I was encouraged by a 3-mile trail run that didn’t feel too bad. I rested again Monday, and then yesterday, I ran 4.5 miles on the road.

I knew from the first step I shouldn’t have done it. But I was tired of waiting to run again, so I ran the whole loop.

This morning, my foot let me know how stupid I still am. I could feel it before I even stepped out of bed. It is by no means back at square one — I can still walk on it normally — but the whole thing was tight and sore and mad as hell.

I went upstairs to do my strength training. I had finished my abs, push-ups and invisible chair-sitting, and had just done some squats (which do not bother the foot) and sat down for the bench presses, when it dawned on me that I was tired of worrying about this marathon.

I don’t know how long it’s going to be until I can run pain-free again. But even if it’s not until the day of the race itself, five weeks from this coming Saturday, I know I could still finish a half. I don’t think it’s going to be that long, but what if it is? I don’t feel like thinking about it anymore. That had a lot to do with why I kept running yesterday, even though I knew I shouldn’t.

Anyway, I finished up my strength training, and then I took my bike out for a short ride. I was going to do the 5.5-mile loop. When I turned onto Bowman Road, I saw Al up ahead, walking in the same direction, back toward his house. I really didn’t feel like telling him why I was on my bike, because I was sure it would lead to more unsolicited advice about how I run too much. So I just did a U-turn and followed the 6.5-mile route home instead.

I just emailed the race director and asked to be moved to the half marathon. So that’s that.

I’ll run the half in Indy at whatever pace I feel up to that day. I’m already registered for the half in Rehoboth on Dec. 7. I could switch to the full if I really wanted to run a fall marathon this year, but I don’t. I think I’ll just go for a PR in the half there. I won’t run anything longer than a half the rest of the year. Then, when training starts for next spring’s Shamrock, maybe I’ll actually want to do it.

One more thing — right before I left the house today, the FedEx guy dropped off my New Balance 1400s. I held them in direct sunlight for a minute and then went up to the attic and turned off the light. They really do glow in the dark!

They also felt really good on my feet. One more reason I can’t wait to run again, but I will.



  1. Hang in there! Maybe you just need a little break. Have fun with half, goof off with PearlGirl and all the other crazy Loopsters, and then have even more fun at Rehoboth! Save the marathon for Shamrock… We’ll be in it together. (Personally, I think the training is going to be more daunting than the actual event. We shall see…)

    Comment by kafishgirl — September 26, 2013 @ 1:48 am | Reply

    • Well duh, 18 weeks of training takes more motivation than one 26.2-mile run 🙂 It’s a nice distraction in January and February though, when there’s nothing else going on.

      Comment by aschmid3 — September 26, 2013 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

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