Our travels have come to an end and we are back in Fayetteville. We said goodbye to the water and sand and hello to moving into a new house. Thankfully we are very happy in our new home because I hope it is a long time before we move again!
Braxton turned 1….
….and Caden is walking….
My boys are growing up way too fast! We are having a party for the boys when our family is out in a few weeks and will do the whole smash cake then, but we couldn't resist giving Braxton a cupcake to celebrate - it was his first taste of anything sweet and I think he liked it :)
I discovered Chocolate Peanut Butter Gu and my world is that much closer to being complete. I waited a long time for this day to come.
My training took a nosedive this month. A big one. It started well and then I missed a few runs during the move, which was foreseeable and I had more or less built that into my training plan. Transitioning to a new schedule where Brian was gone so much more and I was alone with the boys had some obstacles and was harder than I anticipated.
Then once we were finally settled in the house and had brainstormed how and when I could fit my runs in with our new schedule, I ended up with an injury and had to take some time off.
I started having a problem with my hip and initially thought it was a minor strain. I built in some extra rest days and expected that to do the trick. I made an appointment with an orthopedist to get something on the books *just in case.* Neither the rest nor the orthopedist helped at all. After that, I took a full week off and then went out for a short easy run where I was in just as much or more pain than before, my gait was off, my pace was slow, and the run felt hard. I grabbed my phone as I finished the run and texted Brian with tears in my eyes telling him I was officially worried about whether or not I could run Chicago.
Brian got me in with the trainer for the hockey team and he has been awesome. It looks like a TFL injury and I have been treating it with strengthening exercises, electrical stimulation, and anti-inflamatories.
The trainer asked me when my drop dead day was for deciding whether or not I'd run Chicago. I told him 3 weeks out from the race, which is 2 weeks from this weekend. I've had a great training cycle so far with higher weekly mileage than I've ever run before and I've run 3 18 milers and a 20 miler so far. In order to have confidence on the starting line, I feel I need to get one more long run in (ideally another 20 miler) and have a good training week with relatively higher mileage and some speed work before I taper.
The likely cause of the injury is a lack of strength training combined with running on the same side of the road too much. When we're home, I hardly ever run on the roads and all of my running is done on paved trails or the treadmill, but for the past 4 months, all of my running has been on roads and that can lead to injuries because of the uneven surface and it creates an imbalance where one leg is always landing lower and one leg is landing higher.
I've run marathons where I have been undertrained and I DNF-ed during one because of an injury. I'm not going to knowingly do those things again. While I accept that my goal of a BQ may no longer be realistic for this race, I want to have confidence that I am strong enough to run a good race and not further injure myself. I've had my best training cycle ever and I've been more consistent with my training than ever. I've been motivated and excited during the whole training cycle and this is obviously disappointing, but it does come with the territory. If I am able to recover in time to have a solid week of running before I taper, I feel my training up to this point and overall fitness will put me in a position to still have a really good race.
To put it in perspective, here are the numbers:
July 28-Aug 3 = 54.5Fortunately, I am also registered for the Memphis marathon the first weekend of December, so regardless, I have not said goodbye to a fall/winter marathon :-D
Aug 4-Aug 10 = 40
Aug 11-Aug 17 = 24
Aug 18-Aug 24 = 15
Aug 25-Aug 31 = 6
Total mileage for August = 108