I can hardly believe there are only six days until the Chicago Marathon. It seems like just yesterday that I was on my computer desperately trying to get my registration to go through. When I received my confirmation I was so thrilled that I could have peed my pants. I’m seriously still that excited to take on the Chicago Marathon this weekend. My friend threatened to show up at mile 21 with a sign that says “Are you still so excited that you could pee your pants?” Sounds like exactly what I will need to see when I am that deep into the race.
Unfortunately an injury to my ankle and another to my toe put a damper on my training. So what does one do when they can’t “train” for a marathon according to plan? After being sidelined for a week I still felt hurt so I signed up for a gym membership. I found a Groupon for $10 for one month at a local gym. Luckily this trial membership will last me until this Thursday. I have been able to keep up with my cardio conditioning by utilizing the stationary bike and the elliptical machine. I also continued do go to my boot camp class but I modified many of the exercises and eliminated all activities that included jumping. And let’s not forget my yoga study, which was a tremendous help. The one leg balancing poses required in yoga have really helped to strengthen my ankle.
I had to take three solid weeks off of running. I missed 3 long runs (17, 20 and 21 milers), which unsettled me greatly. Eventually I was able to start running again. I eased in with 3 miles on the treadmill and then switched to either the bike or elliptical, which I did two days a week. My first “long” run back was a 6 miler. Each week I upped my long run milage by 2 miles. My longest run since the injury debacle has been only 10 miles. I’m glad I was able to run one 18 miler before I was sidelined. I have been joking that I have been tapering for the last 7 weeks. Okay it’s no joke; it’s pretty much true.
I have not had any flare-ups recently. I am confident that I did the right thing by taking time off from running even though it was during the high milage part of the training. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be healthy enough to run my upcoming marathons if I hadn’t proceeded the way I did. That’s not to say it was easy. I had lots of emotional ups and downs. I was super scared to start up running again becuase I was afriad to find out that I would still feel pain. It was hard to let go and give it a try. For a while I was feeling like a marathon training fraud. Thankfully I have an amazing group of friends that I run with who supported me every step of the way and encouraged me to rest and get healthy.
I have run a marathon before, but this is my first “official” marathon. I’m freakin’ excited. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that my ankle can take me to the finish line.