This past week was ok. My long run was 9 miles and I was happy with it. It was a hilly route from the house and it was definitely challenging, but I ran it very consistently. I think it took me about 1:39 (11 minute miles still) and I had no food or drink. I think this is probably the cut-off and my next long run I may start to bring water or nutrition of some kind.
The big problem this past week was that I never recovered from that long run. For the rest of the week I just felt off and didn’t have much motivation to get off the couch. I still did my runs and my mileage for the week was a new high of 23.1 but it didn’t feel the way it should. I’m not interested in feeling tired and sore most of the time. I’m not interested in struggling to get off the couch and do other stuff like play with the baby or go to the park or take my kids shopping for Halloween costumes or cook dinner. I won’t continue doing this to myself if it takes away from my every-day life and my feeling of health and well-being.
Of course I am not giving up, but I am trying to learn and adjust. That long run was probably too much for me – I bumped up from 6.5 to 7.6 to 9 in three weeks after 4 weeks of running only 2-4 miles. My weekly mileage similarly shot up. For a month I was between 10-12.5 as I nursed my foot but then over the last 4 weeks I have bumped up to 23 (15, 20, 21, 23).
I’ve also been a little slack with my diet. I wonder if I’m coming out of ketosis from time to time. That could mean that I am not making enough ketone bodies to sustain me at the same time that I am also not eating enough glucose to make up the difference. I’m adjusting this week and will see if a renewed focus on staying in ketosis helps at all.
Lastly, in about a week I will know when my son’s graduation from Basic Training will be. It seems it will be in a three week window at the end of January, so I will either be traveling the week before, the week after, or the week of the marathon. Once I have the date I will have to make a decision about whether I still want to go to New Orleans. A part of me hopes it’s the weekend of New Orleans because I want to have an excuse to stop the training (I have felt very bad this past week) but the other part of me wants to troubleshoot this and get past it. I love running and I want it to be a part of my life, but only if I can feel great and continue to lose my pregnancy weight while doing it.
This week will be an important one.