Finished out last week with 65 miles, up from 64 the week before and 59 the week before that. I’m feeling stronger and more motivated this training cycle than I felt at the beginning of last year. In comparison my mileage for those three weeks last year was 55, 55 and 42. My long runs those three weeks in 2019 were 20, 10 and 10 (yeah I don’t know – I must not have felt like running long?). For this year they were 17, 17, and 16.
I ran 16 miles with my friend Kim on Sunday and honestly I could have probably finished a marathon if I wanted to. I was happy to be finished at 16 but I felt good and could have kept going – which I think is one of the best feelings on a long run – knowing it’s over, but also knowing that you could keep going for a lot longer.
Went to Quest Diagnostics this morning to get my blood tested with InsideTracker. I typically test when I’m feeling terrible and wondering what’s off, or right after a marathon to see what the damage looks like. I tested last April after running Runners Marathon of Reston and World Marathon Majors Boston Marathon back to back (one week apart) because I curious what the markers for inflammation would be. All but one was optimized!
Coupon code: MILEPOSTS gets you a discount with InsideTracker. Note: I don’t see who uses it and don’t get anything from it.
Tomorrow I have a massage scheduled with Massage Hope. I went two weeks ago and am trying to go every two weeks up until Tokyo Marathon. Depending on how I feel I might do the same thing leading up to London Marathon as well. I used to think of massage as a relaxing luxury and while YES some massages absolutely are a relaxing luxury – I’d prefer to think of the massages I’m getting as body work. When I go to my appointment they ask me how I’m feeling and if there is anything in particular that I think needs to be worked on. We have a conversation about how much I’ve been running and any twinges I might be feeling. The massage that follows is based on my feedback!
Marine Corps Marathon last fall MESSED ME UP. I didn’t realize that jumping puddles during a marathon might not exactly be the best idea if you are running a marathon a week later. My legs felt beyond sore. I was absolutely freaking out in my head about running another marathon and truly didn’t think I could. Not even from an “I might injure myself perspective” – I literally didn’t think I could physically run. When I went to see Johnny at Massage Hope I told him that if you paid me $10,000 to go for a run that day – that I absolutely could not do it and wouldn’t even try – that’s how much pain my legs were in. 90 minutes later I felt better but was still skeptical. The next day I went for a run and dare I say – I felt good!
Of course then I thought to myself – Were you being dramatic? Did it really hurt that bad? Were you really in that much pain? $10,000 is a lot of money – how on earth could you not go for a run if someone paid you that – lol. But truly, I was sore as all get out and don’t think I was just exaggerating it. I looked up deferring and told friends that if I didn’t feel better by Friday morning I wasn’t going to run – no marathon is worth hurting yourself for. Anyways, I’m a huge believer in massage now!
Trying not to get too excited because you really NEVER KNOW what the marathon will give you on that specific day. That being said, I feel good right now and hope I run well in Tokyo! Also hoping that it’s a tad warmer this year and that it doesn’t rain the whole time – a woman can dream.