Happy Monday, runners & readers-
Another busy week in the books. It seemed to be a messy blur of school, training, work and rushing from place to place. Feeling spread too thin and as though I’m too robotic to be a human isn’t my favorite; it makes me feel like I have been far less intentional and reflective than I would have liked. And here we are, with another seven day stretch ahead. Hopefully I can carve some time out- maybe while running- to just zone and think about how I’m going to get through these next two months of the school year. Sheish, I sound dramatic. It’ll be just fine.
A highlight of my week in life and training was Marathon 101. In fact, it was my favorite class to date. I’m a bit of a cornball, but I got the sense that our class became more of a cohesive unit by the time it was through. The time was spent sharing our experiences with training so far- what have been our highlights, what have we had a hard time with, what questions do we have moving forward. We went around the table, shared some GI tract laughs, supported each other with fears and concerns and listened to each other. It was the first time I felt like we were one class- a group of people with the same goal sharing similar experiences.
Unfortunately, a handful of those shared experiences include injuries: a broken wrist that has already required surgery, a fractured hip, a stress fractured foot and at least two other problems that have warranted physical therapy. Rough stuff! I was so impressed by the resilience shown by my classmates and can only hope that I would show the same determination if I was to become injured. Speaking of potential injuries- the right ankle is feeling alright. It was sore after my long run this week, but only actually hurts when it’s pushed on.
Blister update: I held off on new sneakers and bought two more pairs of Darn Tough socks. Parts of my feet are still feeling rough after this week’s long run, but they are significantly less blistered. I may try some type of foot lubricant as the miles increase (Vaseline, BodyGlide?), but will probably not remember to do so until after another gross blister experience.
Ten more weeks until the marathon. I’m just about to creep into training lengths that I have yet to experience, and am both excited and nervous about it. It truly is a time and body consuming commitment, and I am continuously working on my time management skills in order to get it all in. One of my goals for myself moving foward into this week will be to take a few breaths here and there and remember where the heck I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I hope to show a bit more gratitude to the super cool people around me and allow myself the space to do so. I encourage each of you to try and do the same
Thanks for reading, and have a great week.
Respect your bodies,