Sunday, September 13, 2009

Burn Out or I am Just Ready to Taper

I am TIRED. There is no other way to describe how I feel right now. Last week I was stupid and ran on my rest day, so I have ran for the past 13 days straight. I already have ran 126 miles for the month of September. Needless to say I am tired and my body is mad at me.

Today I ran my last 20 mile run and while it was faster than last week's 17 mile run, it wasn't pretty. I think I picked up a bug, because this week my stomach hasn't been feeling good on any runs. I literally leave my house and have to turn around within a mile to come home and go to the bathroom. I know, TMI, but I am getting frustrated. I was about 10 strong miles into my run before the stomach got upset, so I did get in half of a good run. The second half was not fun at all. I ran out of water and my legs were beat.

During those long 10 miles, I was trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Am I burned out? Will I actually be able to run a BQ in 3 weeks? Am I ever going to be able to run again without using the bathroom? I must admit, my mind is an evil thing. If anything is going to sabotage all this work, it will be my mind shutting down in Minneapolis on October 4th. At this point, I need to trust the training. I have hit every pace that the training plan called for. I ran nearly every single mile on the hardest plan I probably will ever run.

I told my husband that I want to just run with him and help him to get his sub-4 marathon, but he refuses. He wants me to try for Boston. He had more confidence in me when I was attempting Vermont and he has more confidence in me right now. I think it is a case of, we forget the bad stuff and only remember the good stuff. He claims, I had a similar attitude weeks before Vermont. I was tired and not sure if I could pull it off. Kind of like when you forget how hard it is to give birth and be pregnant, you only remember the good stuff. I obviously only remember crossing that finish line in 3:55, a number I never thought possible.

So yeah, tomorrow is a rest day and I will not run tomorrow, I promise. I am even contemplating doing the taper plan of the Pfitz program that maxed out at 55 instead of 70. I figure, we are 3 weeks out, there is no more fitness to gain, only fresh legs. I think an extra rest day each week will be a welcome change. I am sure the next few weeks will be a lot of me going back and forth on my plans for the marathon. Taper time is here!

Congrats to Allison on her awesome half marathon today! Speedy Mel did awesome on her 5k yesterday as well! Amazing job to a girl from my hometown, Jennifer who finished her half yesterday in 1:37, she is running Twin Cities Marathon with me and will probably kill it. And check out Brandon who is in the middle of his Ironman right now. Wow, amazing is all I can say! If you haven't listened to his podcast yet, I highly recommend it.


Matt (No Meat Athlete) said...

I'm asking myself all the same questions and having all the same doubts. And now I'm giving you the same encouragement that everyone is giving me!

If you've hit every pace (much more than I can say) then you will be totally fine. Get that rest in, and you'll be fresher than you've felt in months on race day. I think the extra time off is good now; you've really done a lot of volume! It will all pay off on the big day and you will BQ!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Umm speedy...I ran a 5K you ran a MARATHON in 3:55...SPEEDY back at you. Thanks for the shout out, made me smile on a day when I was tired and did not get my planned run in. I am GUESSING this is the pre-MArathon funk.. Marlene seems to be going through the same thing. The taper, mind maddening "Did I do enough?" "Can I make my time?" "Will I have to GO on the race route?" LOL... YOu will be amazing.

I PRAY that you figure out the bathroom issue...nothing worse than all your training down the toilet... (Sorry I could not pass that up)

Caroline said...

Wow, you're just plowing through major mileage!!

It always seems that things go wrong just leading up to a race, right.

I'm sure, though, once you're tapering and your body reaps the benefits of all that hard training you will be race ready!!

We will be hearing about your BQ very soon!!!!!!!!

IzzyBubbles said...

Well, if I can EVER say that I ran every mile of a race plan or hit every pace it told me to hit, I'd be ecstatic. I think you've done an amazing job so far, you need to have faith in yourself now and get out there and do what you've been training to do!! You've earned some rest, so take it easy on your legs the next couple of weeks and I think you'll be surprised with yourself on race day.

Oh, and on the bathroom issue...I've been dealing with this a lot the last couple of months. It does get better, I just think all that running does weird things to us sometimes.

mamasweeds said...

I think you are just ready to taper!! Time to give your body some time to rest and recover, I'm with your hubby, I've got total confidence in you! And like you've said - even if you don't BQ this time, you'll still likely PR and be one step closer. I feel it in my bones that it's going to happen!

AND I know you've said that the hardest part about running for you is your mind! Figure out a way to taper your mind and you're going to be good to go! ;)

mamasweeds said...

OH and thanks for the shout out and congrats!! :D