Finding Balance In A Crooked World

I was so hoping to be able to blog today about how wonderful my leg is doing and that my therapy has been going so well that I have been able to start training for the Chicago Marathon. But alas, it is not the case.

I know as well as anyone that healing takes time. It doesn’t happen with just one physical therapy appointment, or after a week of performing my exercises verbatim. Nor does it happen after a Graston session, or even after taking a few days off from the run.

In reality, the progress has been so slow, I’m doubting my ability to even return to my former running self. I don’t think it is fair to say I’ll never run again, but I think it is fair to say that my 8:00 miles may be behind me.

The running has been OK. Not great, but OK. There is still discomfort. If I run slow enough, it is just fine. In fact, walking or keeping a pace at 9:00 or slower poses no issues. My strategy has been to use timed walk/intervals, where I walk a minute, then run 3 minutes. I repeat this 3 times, then add on an additional minute in each run interval. I’ve also eliminated the crooked roads. So, I’m driving to a local park or bike path in order to run outside. On Sunday, in fact, I went to a local park and was successfully able to complete almost 8 miles using the intervals I described above. When I attempted to repeat that Tuesday, the discomfort had returned. Maybe I tried to do too much too soon. Or maybe I need more recovery time between runs. Obviously, I have to start thinking small…very small…at least through July if I want to run this marathon at all!

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The walking intervals allow my leg to get a little break from the pounding. And it is has worked rather well, in my case. So, after discussing it with my physical therapist, a Jeff Galloway Run/Walk training method was recommended. There have been many success stories in using it in training for a marathon. And at this point in time, with just 90 days out, it might be my only alternative.

I’m willing to try it, though. Because if it can keep me running, no matter the pace, it will keep me running.

Here are the basics of the program.

To Finish – for runners and walkers
Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday (p) Friday Saturday Sunday
1 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 3 miles
2 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 4 miles
3 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 5 miles
4 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 2.5 miles/MM
5 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 6 miles
6 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 3 miles
7 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 7.5 miles
8 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 3 miles/MM
9 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 9 miles
10 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 4 miles
11 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 10.5 miles
12 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 4 miles/MM
13 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 12 miles
14 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 4 miles
15 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 14 miles
16 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 5 miles/MM
17 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 17 miles
18 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 5 miles
19 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 6 miles/MM
20 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 20 miles
21 off 30 min run of 30 min run easy walk off 6 miles
22 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 6 miles/MM
23 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 23 miles
24 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 6 miles
25 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 7 miles
26 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 26 miles
27 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 7 miles
28 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 6 miles
29 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 7 miles
30 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off MARATHON
31 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off 7 miles
32 off 30 min run off 30 min run easy walk off

– See more at: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/marathon-training/#sthash.cTq5Gusb.dpuf

The only thing I don’t like is that 26 miler at week 26. The most I ran prior to the Twin Cities Marathon was 20 miles and I don’t see how anything longer than that would do much for me.

It looks like a plan, at least to get me started. And should things start to look up, then I can gradually add a few minutes in here and there. And, treadmill work would be a bonus, since it is a softer and flatter surface than the roads of the crooked world. I could certainly do treadmill runs on the easy days, and get them done early in the morning when I’m at my best.

There is no doubt my faith is being tested. And there is no doubt that my belief in myself and my abilities has to be front and center. Already, it is playing with my overly cluttered head and dragging me down. I might have to let it all go as “the year that really sucked.” And I have to be OK with that.

Focus, concentration, drive, faith. In that order. Maybe then, this world will straighten out.

When has your faith been tested during the run, if ever?

 

 

2 Responses to Finding Balance In A Crooked World

  1. Petite Pacer says:

    Did anyone work with you to change your form? Are you still heel striking?

    • A Running Chick says:

      Yep…we are working on it. The heel strike is something they don’t mess with. If all the corrections work, the strike will take care of itself.

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