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Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training Week 10 – If at First you Don’t Succeed…

RunEatRalph

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Since I'll be seeing at least a few of you in Rehoboth, I thought I'd update you on where I am currently...

 

Ever since a run the day after my 40th birthday, I’ve been battling right leg pain that seemed to move all over the place. After plenty of working out, dry needling and physical therapy I discussed the issue with my good friends and trainer/PT people Jill and Rachelle and I think we figured it out.

My baby calf just hasn’t been ready for what I’ve tried to put it through. As I increased the mileage, I think that my baby calf has fatigued and then no longer absorbs the shock of impact that comes with thousands of steps on a long run. My hip has been paying the price. To put it in medical terms, pounding the pavement beat the crap out of my hip.

Image result for drawing board gif Time for a Plan B. Blow the whole thing up.

Long story short, I’ve fallen WAY behind in my training with all of this on again/off again stuff. I’m not giving up on Rehoboth quite yet, but I’m having to reevaluate my plan and my goals.

img_4803 Surviving is the #1 goal now.

Bye bye, time goals. I’ve gone from 3 x 20 mile runs to zero. My peak week is just over 40 miles now. I also have an extra rest day from running for the next 6 weeks. No track work. No hill repeats. This could change if I’m able to show that I’m 100%, but for now I don’t want to push it.

I need to remember that not long ago I was in a boot for 3 months. Not long ago, I was so happy to run ANY miles at all. I have the rest of my life to run. There’s no sense in killing myself now.

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Sucks when you have to let go of the prize before you get to race day. But these miles look like a finish is still happening, and that's still a win after the boot.

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Someone once described your calf muscles holding your body up as being the same thing as holding a flag pole at the very bottom - it's a lot of work to keep it upright! Take care of those calves and that hip and enjoy the run. 

 

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33 minutes ago, eliz83 said:

Someone once described your calf muscles holding your body up as being the same thing as holding a flag pole at the very bottom - it's a lot of work to keep it upright! Take care of those calves and that hip and enjoy the run. 

 

Well said, whoever that was. It's strange having different sized flag poles, that's for sure. 

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Fall is here and you are running! Two things to be very excited about!

The fact that you will be finishing a marathon after the surgery/no weight-bearing/boot/rehab within a year is incredible in itself. When you cross the finish line this time, you will feel proud for a different reason. 🙌

 

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It's funny how injuries and time off running change your perspective!  Every run is a blessing.  Whatever your run in Rehoboth will be quite impressive considering your journey!

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