Week 6 of marathon training has definitely been the most challenging for me since this whole thing started. You've heard me say it many times over the last few weeks: flexibility. Also: patience. I have been trying to remind myself that this is a long road, that I have time and a lot of room to grow and get stronger before the race in October. Sometimes I still get wrapped up in the idea that if I falter now, I will fail in the long run, when that is simply not the case! I have more strength than I realize; I am in control of this ride and I will make it happen.
I had two great runs this week. I missed the other two. Not by choice. 6 weeks in and these are the first ones that I have missed. In that regard, I am really proud of myself. In the beginning I felt like it was going to be really hard for me to stick to such a routine and so far, I have done it! I'm pretty happy about this. I have also been trying hard to listen to my body--and this week I needed rest. It's not that I felt horrible; I just did not feel at the top of my game. So I ran on Tuesday and Thursday, missing 5 miles on Wednesday and 7 miles on Sunday. I am upset that I did not make it through the whole week, but I know I will be better served as I continue training by taking a few extra days.
On Tuesday, I was at work by 4am (unusual for my "Monday"). Tom had to do laundry that night, so I ran a route that led me to the laundromat. It was hot and muggy, but I enjoyed getting out and exploring new places (by foot, anyway) so I had a good run regardless. Got to the laundromat in time to help fold, too. Wednesday morning I woke up and needed more sleep; I felt really lethargic and kind of thrown off from my early wake up call the previous day. I had to work late, so running afterwards was not really an option. Wednesday I also started dealing with an increase in pain in my left foot, a lingering issue over the last week or two.
So all in all, last week was not a total loss. I did get some good runs in, and while I was not planning on a break, I think it has been good for me. Week 7 is already off to an interesting and not entirely lovely start; there was yesterday, of course (which was amazing!). Today, however, I woke up with a bad headache and immediately knew that running 3 miles was out of the question. I have taken some medication and am working on rehydrating; I think it's starting to go away. I'm planning on runnning tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday (and hopefully I'll be able to do all of the runs outside, although I will admit the heat makes me a little nervous). Guess we'll just have to wait and see!