Monday, December 9, 2013

Marathon Training : Week 98 : Taking care of me.

Other marathon training posts...

This week was an exercise in not really doing anything for me. I ran my first run on Monday and ditched every other run. I rationalized this by saying it's a short week (4, 9, 12) and that hitting up the longer runs is more important. But the truth is, this is a theme of mine.

I spent the week hanging with friends and picking up extra shifts at work so that I was so tired the rest of the time that I couldn't even be bothered to brush my hair let alone go for a run. And I do this to myself often. The difference is, that prior to marathon training, I could go months without realizing that I was pushing everything I needed away for everything else. Since I'm in training, I notice when I'm not hitting my running goals and I notice that I'm letting myself go.

I need to find balance. I need to say no to extra shifts at work (which I already didn't do today...and I'm working an extra shift tomorrow when I really needed the time to take care of some sewing for a friend and edit some photos). I need to recognize when hanging out with friends is going to interrupt what I need to take care of and stay at home instead. It feels wrong, because I love my friends, but I have to remember that I have my own goals I need to keep.

It's just all about balance, and I need to remember that.



  1. Balance is hard, and so is saying no to spending time with people you love, but you have to take care of you like you said. It's hard because it feels like you are being selfish, but no one else is going to be responsible for your health except you. I tell myself that every time I have to say no to a night of drinking or eating out. Plus drinking and eating out can get expensive, and no one else is responsible for my financial health except me, too.

    I don't know if you get a notification to responses to comments you've made, so I'm responding back to you here on your question about pre-long-distance-run nutrition. For any run 13-15 miles, I increase my calories and carb intake by 200-500 calories the day before, focusing on eating not only healthy carbs like veggies, but white potatoes or sweet potatoes and pasta, and the morning of, I always eat the same thing before a race/long run, which is usually a banana and a wheat bagel or wheat toast. That's it because I don't want my stomach to get too upset. Also, right before I start my run, I take half a pack of sport beans or a GU- favorite flavors that I stick to are Expresso, Chocolate, and my new fav Salted Caramel. Oh, I also make sure to hydrate regularly, which is pretty important. For runs above 15 miles, I pretty much do the same thing, but start carb loading 2-3 days before the run\race, but don't even worry about going over my daily caloric intake. The only reason why I am paying attention to my caloric intake now is because (a) I am older and my metabolism has slowed down (b) I have to worry about weight because the Navy weighs me twice a year and (c) I want to set PRs and being my lightest version of myself will easily help me accomplish that. -Jess L

    1. Yes, saying no feels completely selfish. I took another shift this week, even though I haven't run in a week. And I'm not going to run today. I'm going to compromise and run a 12 tomorrow and then do my 18 on Friday, and I just have to stick to my training for the next month. And honestly, all my friends should understand this too.

      Wow...about the food. I don't do any of that. I've learned not to eat certain foods the night before a long run. I usually get up early before a run and eat a bowl of cereal, then I pack whatever else I'm going to eat. For a 12-15 mile run, I'll take some energy type bars. For an 18 mile run, I do two 9-mile laps, and I make sure to eat on each lap. Last time, I ate half a peanut butter sandwich on each lap. I've never carbo-loaded. I don't understand why I would need to.