Well, after almost a month of frustration and rest, today I was finally able to run 5km again without pain. I’ve still not got much idea of what’s happened, and i’m going to take it easy on the training over the next few weeks, but the good news is that right now, i’m pain free and have booked my flights for the Edinburg Marathon, so – it’s happening!
I have tons of travel coming up so i’m going to be training from sub-obtimal level in strange cities, which could prove a challenge. Tomorrow, I leave for Frankfurt for a week – lets hope I can find a decent route in the city centre to keep things moving along!
Edinburgh Marathon have released the route map for this years course – and I have to say, it feels kind of scary. What I really don’t like about it is that you run past the finish point at the 9 mile mark… that’s going to be a huge psychological challenge to push myself to run another 14 miles! But, it’s time to focus on ramping my training – my original plan was to be doing 21km practice runs twice a week at this point and now I’m celebrating running just 5km! Long way to go!
After last weeks setback, I decided to rest up for a week and then give running another try. I switched my everyday shoes for more comfortable ones, and the pain quickly subsided so I was confident that a run today would be no problem.
How wrong I was. I was fast, my pace felt great but just after the 4.5km mark on my 5km route, the pain was back. The exact same pain that held me up last week. I hobbled back home ready to scream at someone or something – such a frustrating feeling.
So, off to orthopedics tomorrow to try and figure out what’s going on. My guess is a hairline/stress fracture, which could put an end to the marathon hopes. From what I read, the advice is 8-10 weeks of rest. I have 10 weeks till marathon day.
You probably haven’t heard of a Marcothon – it’s a concept which has been shared amongst runners since 2009 when someone decided it was a great idea to run 5km every day in November, and his friend then picked it up and ran 5km every day in December – the birth of the first Marcothon. Since then thousands of people have started the challenge, and I admire every one of them.
Traditionally this is done in December, but since that isn’t really practical in Sweden (ice isn’t safe to run on), and since i’d been so lazy in January and February, I decided that March would be my Marcothon – or should that be Marchothon?
Not only is it something i’ve admired in others for ages, but it’s also a great excuse to get my base fitness up before marathon training intensely in April.
Anyway, i’m now 8 days in, 45km in (I did 10k today)… and i’m loving it! Admittedly the weather in March is definitely less of a challenge than in December, but the feeling of achievement I get looking back at my Strava feed and seeing 8 significant runs one after another is really so good. My legs are a bit achey, but i’m pacing myself and not pushing for a personal best every time I go out, just to complete the duration of the whole month.
Wish me luck!
Well, that’s next years running challenges lined up…
Gothenburg half marathon, May 23rd 2015, then:
Edinburgh full marathon, May 31st, 2015
Basically… the half marathon becomes a warm up race for the full thing! It’s going to be a tough spring of training!
“Everyone who is rejected by the London Marathon is guaranteed a place in either the Edinburgh or Brighton marathons.” That’s how the conversation started. Continue reading
The other day I received an exciting email from the London Marathon organisers stating that they were only “weeks away” from announcing the ballot results for the 2015 race. I entered the race ballot back in April on a bit of a whim, so had all but forgotten that it’s ‘results day’ soon. I have read online that as an overseas applicant, my chances are significantly higher than people who live in the UK, so my hopes are high. I do plan to run a marathon next year regardless of the result – it would just be cool if the London race was the one I got! The results get sent out in mid October, by post… So, I’ll be eagerly checking my letter box every day in the build up to my trip to Peru!
Cross your fingers for me!