I prepared all week for this. I injured my knee 2 weeks ago. I rested for 4 days and it resurfaced again. So for this week, I rested one whole week to give it ample time to recover. I was feeling great when I hit the half way mark of my long run. No pain whatsoever! I even saw my fiance (well actually he saw me) on his way to work, "Hey beautiful!", he said, and pulled over to give me some encouraging words, gave me the thumbs up sign, and told me I was doing an awesome job. I will never EVER get tired of hearing words of praise from my love. It really stimulates my spirits and makes me feel like I'm invincible!
By mile 12 (19.2K), the pain on my right knee decided to resurrect itself again. And just when I thought it disappeared forever! I told myself, "SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP!" And so I did for the next few miles. I tried. Really I did! But by mile 17 (27.2K), my 5:1 (5 mins run & 1 min walk) Galloway was completely thrown out the window. I stopped when the pain was no longer bearable, stretched it out a bit, and then ran again. So it was more of a run-stop-stretch interval. This kept on until mile 19 and that's when I met it....
"Oh why hello there, Wall! So not happy to see you!" Yes, I hit the wall. At first, I wasn't sure what I was feeling. My mind was so willing but my body was beginning to stiffen. It felt very heavy, like cement. My feet felt like they were 5 sizes bigger and I could barely lift my legs. I took a GU Roctane energy gel (which is 2x caffeine) and it didn't help at all. That's a first! Apparently, this is what you call the "muscle-glycogen bonk" wherein the brain works fine but the legs quit (runnersworld.com). They say when you hit the 20 mile mark, it's all mental from there. I'd like to think I've got that covered, but man oh man...for the life of me, I could barely put one foot in front of the other! So I'd like to thank my willful mind for taking me from 19 miles to 20.5.
I was really set to do 22 miles (35K) that day but I thought that given the circumstances, it's best to not push it and just listen to
my body. 3 weeks before the marathon, 20.3 freakin' miles should suffice!
I am going to admit that what happened this Monday (knee pain + hitting the wall) is causing some anxiety. I know that my mind is strong. But I also need my body to get me to that finish line in time for the 5:30 cut-off.
On the up side, I know this may sound weird, but I'm a bit thankful that I hit the wall. At least now I know what it feels like and hopefully, I'll be able to deal with it better if it happens during my marathon. So I've got that covered! I hope. My only problem now is my knee.
I'm hoping that the 3 week taper before the marathon will help. Please, oh, please!
Ugh! I hate being injured! It just opens the door to more negative self talk and self doubt! --> This is just the "I'm only human" side of me talking. But I have faith. I know I can do it. I got this! I so FREAKIN' got this (right, Emz?)!
- Did you ever experience "hitting the wall?"
30 Days of Thanks (Day 10)
I am thankful for GOALS -- the kind I set for myself on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. These goals help me turn the impossible to possible, they help me move forward, makes me more pleased with myself and makes me more eager to keep aiming for more in life.