After a less-than-inspiring week, Jess finds the confidence to continue her marathon training.
I wouldn’t have called this past week a training week, more a “resting” week.
I had a deep tissue massage on Monday. I thought it would be a lovely relaxing massage that would rev me up for a week of intense training. In reality it was painful and left me barely able to walk that evening. I did feel much better by the next morning. My body is stiff and tight which makes me prone to injury and poor running form. The massage is meant to loosen me up.
I didn’t do any running this week, just cross training on the bike and elliptical and a bunch of core work, like sit-ups, crunches and squats. My leg continues to bother me and the physiotherapist advised me to take three full rest days.
That became an easy thing to do when I came down with a nasty stomach bug late Wednesday.
Five days later and I have had no pain in my leg; my stomach is happy again and I am ready to go. I have been very discouraged since I started on this journey towards the marathon. My body simply not cooperating with my heart.
This week I am determined to get out running. To train properly. To feel the endorphins and relax my mind, to let my body guide me towards this goal. Writing it out reminds me that I can’t give up. It’s not time yet.
I can still get myself physically ready. I still have time. I’m not starting from zero. I ran a half marathon in December. I exercise more now than I ever have. I may not be doing those big runs yet. But, I am confident that I can. I will do this.
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