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Race Week Thoughts

Last 20 miler | happyfitmama.comKailey’s last 20 miler of this training cycle.

Race week is here!

In two days, we’ll be flying the friendly skies for a (very) long time before landing in Hawaii, where it will be sunny (hopefully) and warm (but hopefully not too warm).

My mind is kind of all over the place. Right now, I’m mostly focused on what needs to get done before we leave. So many things especially since it’s the first time Ron and I are vacationing sans kids. My absolutely wonderful parents, are flying in tonight and will be hanging out with the kids while we are gone for the next week.

Since I’ve been preoccupied with all the logistics with that, I really haven’t thought too much about the marathon.

The big question that everyone asks and that is hanging over my head:

Am I ready?

I’m really not sure.

I am not completely in marathon shape. This I know is true. After having to take all of October off from running because of my Achilles and back injuries, I just started to slowly build up my mileage again in November. My Achilles is absolutely fine when I am running. It does feel “pinched” afterwards and other random times. My back is also good. No problems at all. The farthest distance I’ve covered since returning is 16 miles. I felt great during it and felt like I could do more. I’m hoping my body will remember the two 20 milers and one 21.5 miler I did prior to October.

Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still going to be an amazing race.

My goal is to enjoy. Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the movement of running. Enjoy helping a friend reach her goal.

My number one priority is to make sure my cadet, Kailey, crosses the finish line of her first marathon. This isn’t my race. It’s hers. She’s put in the miles, done exactly as I prescribed for her. She worked really hard while training and I am so very, very proud of her!

If you are interested in tracking us, it’s available through the Honolulu Marathon website. My bib # is 14604.

It’s going to be a crazy, good time. I’m ready to be on the plane already. I’m ready to meet the other teams from Saucony 26 Strong that are running Honolulu.

I’m ready to run.

My First DNS?

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After almost 18 weeks of early mornings, countless tempos, speed sessions at the track and three 20 milers, I am looking at my first DNS.

Did not start.

Technically the race hasn’t started yet – it’s Sunday, October 19th.

But I know that I am not going to be there at least for the full marathon. My Achilles is getting better. But my newest pain is from a lumbosacral segment dysfunction – a fancy term for a sprained lower back (L5 and SI). I think this happened at some point during our hike last weekend. There were multiple times where I twisted and turned in weird directions to catch either of the kids from tumbling down the mountain or tripping. In addition, I was probably compensating for my bum Achilles with every step.

As of Sunday night (when I’m writing this), I have not run at all. I tried on Thursday but I took two steps and was in so much pain from my back. In fact, it hurt to even walk at times. And forget about standing on my right leg. Yowch!

So even if by some divine intervention, I feel 100% better by marathon day, I will still take a DNS. I can’t risk the what if’s. I’ve got Hawaii in 9 weeks. And there’s something else that is coming up after that. I need to be healthy. I can’t take the risk of injuring myself even more.

Baystate was supposed to be my goal marathon. The state that I’m in right now, I am nowhere close to goal marathon shape. It pains me to “waste” all those weeks of training but I know it’s for the best. As shitty as it is.

My priority right now is taking care of my back first and foremost. I have never had back pain like this. It freaks me out. To not even be able to walk without wincing in pain at times, is scary. You don’t mess with your back!

My treatment plan is in motion. I met with a sports chiropractor on Saturday. I haven’t been to a chiropractor in 18 years and have been hesitant about going again. It’s a silly reason but I went with a chiropractor just because it was the easiest to get into. If I went to a PT, I’d have to jump threw hoops because of my insurance and the referrals needed. That would take more time.

At my initial assessment, she adjusted me, did ultrasound and Graston on my Achilles as well as muscle stimulation on both areas. Saturday afternoon I was hurting. I hobbled just to walk a 1/4 mile home from the park with my kids. But Sunday was better. Not nearly as much pain and I was even able to do yoga with no problem. Which felt simply marvelous.

I had emailed the race directors about possibly deferring my entry to next year. Not possible but I may be able to drop down to the half at bib pick up. As I get closer to the weekend, I’ll make that decision. As of right now, it’s a NO.

My fingers and toes are crossed that this is the right course to lead me back to running. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again –

I just want to run!

Have you ever had a DNS?

A Little Marvelous and a Little Not

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This weekend was a fun even if I had to fake running.

It had a little marvelous and a little not so marvelous. (Thank you Katie for the link up).

I needed something good after riding the rocky injury roller coaster again last week.

On Wednesday, I said I was embracing the taper. Of course, as luck would have it, I jinxed myself again. My Achilles started hurting. Again. On top of it, I had a crunchy sound going on in it that was new. I had a deep tissue massage Tuesday night where she really focused on the Achilles. Apparently it broke up a lot of scar tissue and left some unfinished business.

A slew of four letter words were an even bigger part of my vocabulary for the past few days.

At first I was in a panic and frankly just pissed off. Why is this happening now? My hopes of just having a small hiccup of an injury where crushed. My hopes of running a strong Baystate Marathon were crushed. I pretty much gave up on the idea of running Baystate at all. And then I started thinking about all the 20 milers, all the earlier mornings, all the track work and got even more angry.

I emailed and spoke with anyone I could who could give me info on what to do. I got great info from friends who have had Achilles problems and recovered. I also got treatment ideas from physical therapist friends.

The good news is that it’s feeling better. I have not run since Tuesday morning and don’t have plans to run till at least Wednesday. That will be one full week of rest. From what I’ve heard from friends/physical therapists, there is a chance I can still run Baystate. It’s definitely not an ideal taper and how I want to face a marathon. I’ve got 13 days to wait and see.

I’m down but I’m not out just yet!

Thankfully I had a little marvelous to make me smile in between the swears and feeling like a complete crab.

Hiking Mt. Major | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…hiking. I’ve been so hesitant to take my kids on longer hikes. I was afraid of the whining and the “carry me’s” that were sure to come up. Kids in a back pack? No problem. Hiking up and down piggy back? No thank you. That just screams broken ankle, broken leg, skull fracture, etc.

But I brushed my fears aside and we tackled Mt. Major on Sunday. It’s not a very big climb but it has it’s technical points of slippery rocks and boulders.

No whining. No crying. No bloodshed. No carrying needed.

Just big smiles.

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I’m so excited to take my little hikers on more adventures.

Yes, running is life but there is also plenty of marvelous all around me.

What’s marvelous is your life right now?