I’ve got some bad news.
Well, bad news for me. For you? You might not care much at all. But I do. So here we are.
The Chicago Marathon = ain’t happening.
Am I bummed?
INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATED AND CAN’T BELIEVE IT KIND OF BUMMED!!! Yeah.
I’ve known in my gut for a couple of weeks now, but have held off on posting about it until I was absolutely certain and had come to terms with it myself.
My desire to do Chicago has gone nowhere. I still stand firm by my excited claims that I still want to run another marathon. I still feel the same about Chicago as I did in my post-marathon thoughts from a few weeks ago. I wrote that post, however, less than a week after the Cleveland Marathon. At the time, I felt wonderful and my aches and pains had disappeared (besides a screwed up toenail and blister).
Then, I ran again.
3 miles in…ouch! Try again another day. 2 miles in…OUCH!!!!! Take a few days off and try, try again. But wait…3 miles in and OWWWWWWWW!!!!!! *tears of pain and frustration commence*
My IT band apparently got really angry with me and I didn’t even know it until trying to run again the week following my marathon. And I know from a few friends’ experiences that you don’t want to mess with the IT band. That sucker will stay angry at you for a long time if it doesn’t get proper TLC.
So, that’s exactly what I have been doing during this time.
- I cut back my mileage.
- I visited a sports chiropractor (recommended to me by Heather) a few times.
- I iced, stretched, strengthened, etc on my own time.
- I switched shoes (again).
- I discovered some imbalances and weaknesses I need to work on.
- I have done all I possibly can to get this thing under control.
[I plan to do a more detailed post of all these things next week]
Over the past few weeks, things have improved tremendously. I no longer have to stop in sudden, excruciating pain at 2 or 3 miles. I can run for 6 miles now without any pain at all.
Technically, I could still make it to Chicago. But, I don’t want to. Why?
My goal for my next marathon is to run it STRONG. I’ve already done a marathon to complete one. I want my next marathon to be a strong experience done right.
I don’t want to go through a training cycle fighting injury instead of solely preventing it.
I don’t want to take chances of doing more damage from cramming in mileage again to just make it to a race.
I don’t want to make the same mistakes twice.
From my training for the Cleveland Marathon, I learned a lot. I want to take those lessons and apply them to my next marathon training cycle. I want to improve my running form and strengthen my body’s weaknesses. I want to recover and then build up a solid weekly base mileage before I begin training for another marathon, instead of diving into something too soon. I want to follow a plan that works for me. I want to train smart.
All of that adds up to having to put Chicago on hold this year. It’s not my preference, but it is necessary when I consider my goals. I actually don’t have any race plans set for the remainder of the year and I can’t even tell you when or what I plan for my next full marathon. I have some ideas of local half marathons I would like to complete this fall. I could see myself aiming to do the New Orleans Rock N Roll full marathon early next year. But, I’m not planning it out. I’m letting my body lead me. Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m coming around to it. And I have faith it will lead me to Chicago in a sparkly skirt soon enough.
PS – Registration for round 2 of Best Body Bootcamp is coming TOMORROW!