Marathon training is on a (hopefully) brief hiatus at the moment while I sort out a couple of issues that have arisen starting last week. One I can’t explain, but another is a major problem. There have been a series of incidents (including a bad scare to someone close to me) with creepers targeting female runners in my neighborhood and the neighborhood just next door, including right on some routes I run regularly. As a result I’m not comfortable running in my neighborhood right now and I’m trying to figure out a solution, which might involve driving to another neighborhood to run (cumbersome) or else getting a very short-term gym membership. I can’t let the not-running go on much longer if I’m going to be ready for this marathon, so I’ve got to figure it out. Anyway, here are weeks three and four.
June 29: Rest. Recovering from the Fifty Yard Finish Half Marathon.
June 30: Rest. More recovery.
July 1: Rest. I like to give myself plenty of time to get back to 100% after running a half, but tomorrow I’ll be ready to go again.
July 2: 3 mile run. First run back after the half, feeling pretty good.
July 3: 3 mile run. Picked up a bruised toe during the half and while it doesn’t hurt, it looks disgusting.
July 4: Rest. Lots of time in the car driving to a wedding. Yay for the happy couple, boo for all of the driving.
July 5: Rest. We have a big adventure planned for tomorrow, so we just relax and enjoy a day at the lake today.
July 6: 6.2 mile hike up a mountain! We climb our first two Adirondack high peaks, Cascade and Porter, which is a major workout but the views are worth every bead of sweat.
July 7-11: NO RUNNING. Between the creeper and not having a good shoe option right now (I tried to return my too-small shoes, but they didn’t have my size in stock. I’m still waiting) I have not found a way to run. I’m trying to figure these issues out because if I’m going to run a marathon in October, I have to train! I know they say that you can’t be afraid of the weirdos because that’s letting them win, but, well, it’s another story when you know there’s a creep out there targeting women on the routes you run, at the times you run. I’m just not going to put myself in that situation. But I have to find another way.
July 12: Stroller Strides! Between the instructor being away at a conference, and then my half, and then traveling over the fourth of July weekend, I hadn’t been to class in three weeks. It felt so good to get back and get in a good strength workout with my favorite Buffalo moms.
So that’s that. Week 3 went pretty much as I had planned for after a half marathon, but the wheels totally came off in week 4. I’m working on putting them back on – here’s hoping I will be back out on the roads soon.