I have been increasing my mileage with my marathon training in full swing. Last weekend I ran 8 miles faster than my goal marathon pace and 17 miles the following day. I would be lying if I said it didn’t take toll on me. I stretched throughout the day after my long run. I even went on an easy bike ride the following day to stretch out my legs.
I felt completely fatigued and had a pinched muscle on the top of my foot, near my ankle. The fatigue lasted for 4 days. I decided after my bike ride that I needed to just take a few days off to recover. I wanted to make sure I was ready for the longer miles. I had an 8 mile run yesterday followed by an 18 mile run today.
On my 8 mile run I made sure to take it easy so I didn’t wear myself out for my run today. The rest really helped. I was able to keep a constant pace without stopping and really felt strong. If I would have followed my plan, even though my body needed a rest, I would have probably injured myself and would not be able to do my long run this week.
I am in my 11th week of training for my first marathon, which consists of:
Monday: Cycle 15 miles
Thursday: 8 mile run
Friday: 18 mile run
Sometimes you just need to check your ego at the door and take a break. If you miss a training run (shorter runs are not as important as the longer ones) it won’t derail your training. I will be going on vacation next week and plan on running while I am gone. I used to try and run through injuries and now I see why they say that you need to listen to your body.