Last Week’s Workouts

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So my jubilation from running 3 miles on Thursday quickly escalated to nothing but doubt, fear, anger, and sadness on Saturday.  I attempted run #2 with high hopes.  I felt quite well for most of it until I had to run up a hill at mile 3.  Going up on my toes brought on the familiar pain.  And then at one point I had to stop running at a stoplight, waiting for cars to go by.  When I started running again, it felt like my foot was slapping the ground.  On top of that, this weird pain in my left leg around my fibula started up. WTF?!?!

Definitely not the progress that I was hoping for. I came home from the run feeling defeated.  The odds of running Sugarloaf, at the pace that I want, is slim to none. It’s 9 weeks away and I’m nowhere near ready to resume training.

My emotions have been all over the place (still?). I’m disappointed in myself. I question whether I should even be running marathons. Clearly my body does not like training for them.  I hate that I am continuously going through a cycle of injury/run/injury when I feel that I’m doing everything right. Obviously, I’m not.

As with any time I’ve been injured, I ask myself – why are you doing this? If I’m hobbling around in my 30s, what will I be doing in my 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. What’s the long term consequences? 

But then I feel healthy again and running is going so well that I forget about running for life and am more interested in chasing PR’s and BQ’s.

I’ve been telling everyone from the beginning that my plan was to run Sugarloaf, BQ, and then run Boston in 2018.  Then I’d be done with marathons.  I don’t even like marathons that much yet I feel this need that wants to be fulfilled.  At least I think it’s my need and not some need implanted in my brain because it’s THE thing a runner needs to do. That’s something I need to decipher.

I’m not sure of what my training will be like from now on.  I’ve got more appointments lined up with my PT this week. My focus is returning to running pain free and then I’ll go from there.

Last Week’s Workouts


45 minutes bike trainer intervals (10 minute w/u, 1 min hard effort, 2 min recovery x 10, remainder random hills), strength training -> THIS workout + single leg squats, bridge, planks.

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60 minutes bike trainer.  Random intervals to keep the boredom at bay.  Yoga was cancelled because of the blizzard.


30 minutes bike trainer and this strength training workout

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Morning Flow Yoga Class at Bending Bodhi

3 mile easy run. It felt so good to be outside running!

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30 minutes pool running w/ 1 min hard effort intervals

My first pool running experience.  Oddly enough, I kind of like it.  I was envisioning it being something that my grandmother would have enjoyed.  Instead, it was a great workout that had my heart rate sky high.  It’s an odd feeling to feel hot while in a pool.

The best part of the day was asking the high school boy at the front desk questions about pool running.  He had no clue what pool running was. I had to show him what pool running was. On land.  It was like a horrible game of charades.

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5 mile easy run

See above rant for the lowdown.


Morning Flow Yoga Class at Bending Bodhi

I should have hit the bike or the pool but I was in such a foul mood that I sulked the whole entire day instead.


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16 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. I definitely feel like I can relate to “doing everything right” and still getting injured. I’m sure I’m not doing everything right, but I follow all the advice I have been given by PTs and such, and my body still rebels for no apparent reason. I do think its a good sign that you were able to run 3 miles last week pain free. Maybe you just need to come back to running even more slowly. Good luck, hope you are back on the road soon!

    1. Like you said. I’m sure I’m not doing everything right even though it feels like I am. There’s always something. Sigh.

  2. Oh, bummer. How frustrating! I have also been in that place of injured or near injured questioning if running distance is for me, and then as soon as I’m healthy taking off chasing big goals. It’s so hard to find that in between!

    Interesting question about whether Boston is really something you want vs. just want we’re told we want, as runners. Hope you get in some good soul searching and know that you are an incredible fit, happy mama even without Sugarloaf marathon!

  3. I think it’s pretty obvious you need to start doing triathlons.
    Seriously though I’m so sorry you’re going through all of this with marathon training. It just plain sucks. However, I’m SO happy you actually enjoyed pool running – it’s interesting, isn’t it? And such a different workout that your body responds well. And I can only imagine the game of “charades” with the front desk person 🙂

    I know you will get this all figured out and ultimately will make the right decisions for your body. Good luck this week mama!
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    1. The thought of doing tri’s did pop up into my head as I bobbed in the pool. But then I quickly tossed that idea aside because…I’m not a very good swimmer. 🙂

  4. I hate pool running, so I’m glad you like it! I just don’t think I ever really did it the right way. Also, I was hella bored. I’m sorry that this injury is plaguing you, and I totally understand your thoughts as they catastrophize your condition. All I can say is deep breaths, that this is frustration talking. Hang in there, lady.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this. Although I’ve never run a marathon, I’ve struggled with injuries training for my halfs — and I AM in my 50s. I guess that means there’s some hope . . .

    I hope that you can get to the bottom of what’s going on. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to do something and an injury getting in the way; sometimes we actually learn a lot from it, but I know that’s not what you want to hear!

  6. Hang in there!!! I absolutely know what you mean…we set out with the “I’m just going to run because I feel awesome and love to run” and then you get that taste of speed and off you go!! I’m sure it’s frustrating right now…you’ll be back hitting your paces like a pro soon!!

  7. I am so sorry to hear this! I really hope the PT appointments this week help. It does have to be a good sign that you had 3 miles pain-free – good runs aren’t flukes. That’s awesome that you liked pool running! Good luck with everything this week!

  8. Oh that foot and leg pain does not sound good. I hope you will get some help from the PT. And pool running sounds like a good idea, I’m glad you liked it. I used to be so mad when told I could only work out in the pool or on an exercise bike (when injured). But with my most recent injury I actually got to enjoying those activities. I guess I was that desperate for exercise that I was grateful for anything I could do! One thing I liked is alternating different ways of walking in the pool– ten laps forward walking, ten laps backward walking, ten laps grapevines or sideways walking. Try it, it’s great for your legs!

  9. I definitely know that feeling of being defeated by foot pain during training. I’ve been there, done that and actually going through again right now (I will go for another x-ray of my foot tomorrow). I know you are feeling frustrated at this point Angela, but you have to give your body the time it needs to heal.
    You made me laugh a little bit when you said you want to run all these marathons yet you don’t even like marathons that much – I totally get it. In the end it’s all about that accomplishment – that’s why we have the need to conquer this distance over and over again. Most importantly for you is to take it easy right now and to heal that achy foot, otherwise you might sit on the sidelines longer than you want, and that’s even worse I think….
    Pool running is a great idea and so super helpful to maintain your running fitness while you might not be able to hit the pavement. Haha! I’m sure it was funny and entertaining to see you do some pool running on land!!
    Have a great week Angela!! Feel better soon!!!

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