I’m Ba-a-a-ack

10 miles
Yep, weekly total…Sad, Sad Strides

Wonder where I’ve been the last week?  Let me share a little remake of a song to explain:

It’s been one week since you sneezed on me,
Gave me strep throat and sip on my green tea.
Five days since I got the flu,
Fever after fever and chronic fatigue too.
Three days since I got to run,
Watching Boston training go, and realize there’s been none.
Yesterday the fever’s gone,
But it will be two weeks before I finally get a good run.

Yep, the hazmat suit didn’t work and my week looked a lot like this:

IMG_2958Back in December, when I got the famed, 100 days until Boston email I was all gung ho, printed out my training plan (who am I?), stocked up on Nuun and energy gels and was ready to rock it from here to April.

I had my hopes pinned on this….

IMG_2967

Instead, it’s been set back after set back after setback.  Hurt feet, onslaught of flu viruses, sick kids, sick me, etc.  Instead of sipping electrolytes to hydrate before, during or after long runs – I’m pounding it to stay hydrated from relentless fevers. My long run weekends have capped out at 14.  And I have 7 weeks until the race.

I think it’s time for me to officially say goodbye to my 3:20-something goal to ring in my 32nd birthday.

So I need your advice.

How do I get back on track?  

How do I adjust marathon training when I know my body’s nowhere near 100%?  

Can I get from a 14 mile base to marathon ready in 7 weeks?

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7 thoughts on “I’m Ba-a-a-ack

  1. I plan to run my first full this year and most training plans I’ve seen train to 20 miles. You’ve got 7 weeks which means you should be able to add 1 mile per week and get to 20 or 21 miles before race day. Good luck!

  2. you can definitely still do it, and may even still pull off a really good race!! if i were you, i would bump up the long runs by 3 miles each week: 13, 16, 19, 22, 12, 6, race. if you are already feeling solid with 13, then maybe do 16, 19, 15, 22, 12, 6, race. (or something like that, to give you a down week in the midst of increased miles) i prefer to run up to 22 miles to help mentally prepare, but if you are only train up to 20, then it will be even easier to fit in! good luck… you’ve got this!! and, so weird, but i ran 3:23 at Boston a few years back! ;)

    • This is encouraging. I was feeling so defeated, but I have a solid 14 mile base so I can easily pull off the second proposed schedule and probably not die. and i’d be so thrilled to run a sub 3:30 – not banking on it, but it’d be a pleasant surprise!

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