I gave you a small update on my last blog post on the very basics of what happened during my 2nd marathon. I’ve also posted in a recent post about the numerous minor injuries I’ve had to deal with throughout my spring training for this marathon (minor calf strain, tendinitis in left ankle, Pain/IT band in my right knee, small ankle pain in right ankle).
I’m not going to give you a woe-is-me post. It was what it was. I tried to deal with any injury immediately! I tried to take rest days or cut back runs. I tried to let injuries heal. I iced and even took my first ice baths!! Brrrrr!!!! I think these are the things I did right. Because even though it’s important to make as many runs as possible and try hard not to miss any long runs, it’s equally important to take the time needed to rest and recover from injuries because if you don’t, you might not even make it to the start line.
Some things during training that I did wrong:
1. Didn’t drink enough water. Sometimes I was only getting 4 glasses of water in a day, definitely not enough for marathon training (not even enough for a regular day). I tried to correct this about 3 weeks before the marathon, better late than never.
2. Didn’t do much stretching. I’m a bad stretcher to begin with. This did not help with preventing injuries.
3. Didn’t do much strength or core training. You use many muscles during running and you use a lot of your core. Not having a strong core = having a rougher time during marathon.
4. Didn’t eat as well as I should have. Sure you need to eat more food while training, but that food should not consist of crap!
RACE WEEKEND - FRIDAY
I took Friday off of work and headed down with Don, my roommate for the marathon and fellow FNRC member (FNRC = Frankfort/New Lenox Running Club = F’N Runners). We met Julie, another FNRC member and headed to the expo. It was a small expo but we had fun nonetheless.
After picking up our packets and doing a little shopping, we headed to our dinner at the marathon pasta feed. Eh…I wasn’t too thrilled with the dinner but did go back for seconds (hey! I needed to carb load!). After dinner, my Yankee Runner group (the group I trained for both marathons with) was having a slide show presentation at the YMCA. Don and Julie weren’t going to go but Don said he would give me a ride and I said I would get a ride back to the hotel. Well, it was NOT EASY to get around at that time. There was a 5k run that night and it had started with meant tons of street closures. In fact, at one point, I noticed we were stopped by the 5k…(the 5k walkers!!). I was already late as probably was everyone else. I told Don that I would get out and walk the rest of the way since he could only turn around. It was about 0.25 miles away so no big deal. I made it there and the presentation by the Yankee Runners is always a fun and memorable time. We all sent in pictures and it’s so moving to see the happy faces of the fellow runners! My fellow Yankee Runner friends, Shelby and Curtis, gave me a ride back to the hotel (many of us were staying in the same hotel).
When Don got back to the hotel, we went over some plans for race morning…what time to get up, what time to leave, where to park, etc. We did a little foam rolling together, since it was Don that told me to use the foam roller to relieve my knee pain from the IT Band issue 3 weeks before. Don joked as we were foam rolling that he was going to cry because this was such a beautiful moment with both of us foam rolling together! Haha!! At about 10:00 pm, we decided it was lights out! That would have been great except no matter how tightly I closed my eyes, I couldn’t sleep! Before I knew it, it was 11:30 and I got up to use the bathroom. Then it was 12:30 and Don got up to use the bathroom. Yes, I was still mostly awake! Grrrr!!!! I wanted to sleep. I probably slept fitfully until about 2:30 when I got up yet again to use the bathroom!! And next thing I knew it was 5:00 am and time to get up! I said as Don turned off the alarm… “Are you f#@cking kidding me??”
We got up, did all the good stuff such as dressing and doing all the necessary personal hygiene stuff. Before I knew it, it was time to leave! I couldn’t believe it! We didn’t have time to do any stretching or eating but I figured I would eat in the car and stretch when I got there. Before I left, I wrote necessary reminders on my arm. As with my first marathon, a goal for me it to smile at every mile marker. This way, no matter how bad I’m feeling or if I’m having a rough time, I will see the mile marker, smile and hopefully clear my head for the next mile. It was also supposed to rain and it was raining when we woke up. So also on my arm, I wrote a reminder that I love to run in the rain (not true). But I figure I can try to trick my mind into thinking it’s true. If it’s raining and I’m miserable, I would look at my arm and see that I LOVE to run in the rain! Haha!
|Kelly waiting for me at Mile 15|