I’m at the point of marathon training where things are getting rough. My legs are tired. If you are training for a fall marathon then you can probably relate cuz I know your legs are heavy too. The mileage is starting to creep up to the point where we will soon peak, then start to taper back down. For the Chicago Marathoners, we basically have another 4 weeks of hard training, then we are done, ready to taper, and absolutely prepared to run the full 26.2 miles on October 13th. So take a deep breath, just get thru the next four weekends and you will be in the home stretch! You can do it!!!
In addition to marathon training, I’m also finishing out TRI season. Not brilliant planning but then I didn’t plan it this way. I have a rollover registration from the 2012 Great Illini Challenge 70.3 which was canceled, so they rolled all of our registrations from 2012 to this year. I considered downgrading to the Olympic distance so I can just go out, smash the distance and go home but I’ve decided against that. I don’t want to downgrade. I don’t want to waste the registration fee. I don’t want to waste the opportunity to tackle the distance. I’m trained for it even if I have only swam 1x since Racine so it just feels like a cop out to go shorter. Therefore, on Saturday, I’ll be going the distance and pushing thru the last TRI of the 2013 season, which just happens to be a half iron distance event.
Marathon Training + Half Iron Training + CrossFit + Allergy/Head Cold + IBD flare-up = One wiped out momma this weekend.
As a result, this week is all about recovery so that I can be fresh on Saturday. I took a rest day yesterday. I’m pushing my water, allergy meds and probiotics to help get rid of my “extra” issues. I’m using Nighttime Recovery and Bio Tools to help repair my tired muscles. And I actually slept last night thanks to both Michael and Libby (my weim) being tired too. So it will be a good week and I will be rested by Saturday even though I had to pull out my bag of tricks to aid my recovery. At least I’ve been doing this long enough to have a bag of tricks, right?
Feeling tired is a natural part of marathon and TRI training but make sure you are able to recognize the difference between being tired and having extra factors that are also draining you. Don’t stress if you need to skip a day of training, or two, to get some of your energy back. Rest. Relax. Listen to your body. If you “run” yourself into the ground, then you will get sick or injured or both.
** Resting up for Great Illini ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **