Coming back from vacation has certainly been a doozy. It’s been much harder to get back into the groove of things, especially with my training. I did my best to run on vacation and while I did get some miles in, I didn’t get what was scheduled. All in all while I was away, I did run 29.2 miles. Of those miles, 24 were done on the cruise ship which resulted in 132 laps. Elizabeth was the big winner from my giveaway I held on guessing the number of laps. I really had high hopes of running and while I did well in the beginning, I just honestly was having fun, so tired and my feet and legs just hurt from all the standing around, stair climbing and dancing I was doing.
And then I came back and my first week back I ran 13.3 miles. Talk about some dismal training I’ve had this year so far. So, during my run on Thursday, I thought a lot. I came to the conclusion that a spring marathon is just not in the cards for me right now. I should easily be able to bust out 15 miles by this point and that is not the case. Training has been anything but what it needs to be and I’m still battling this hip issue. Maybe I’m playing to the easy way out right now, but after my dismal performance at the Spring Thaw on Saturday, I knew this was actually the right move for me to make.
Thursday: 3.3 miles, 34:49, 10:32/mile
Saturday: Spring Thaw 10 Miler, 1:58:03
Total Miles: 13.3 miles
So, this week I am actually going to see a physical therapist about the hip issue and really scale back my training. Going forward through the Pittsburgh Marathon, my mileage is going to be more like half marathon training. I doubt I’ll push for anything on any of the rest of my spring races other than just finishing them, but I’m definitely going to be modifying my March and April training plan toward a half now.
This was a tough decision. I definitely feel like a failure in many ways. However, I have to just realize not everything happens the way you think it will. These past 2 months, I’ve been focusing a lot of other aspects of my life and while a lot of time and energy have been pulled to that, running has truly taken the back seat since dealing with all of that. I know things will shake out for the best and maybe if I can get the hip to 100% and get back on track, I can pick a fall marathon and really push for that as my goal race. I still want that sub-5 and just because I’ve hit this set back, it doesn’t mean I am giving it up all together.