As much as I fought it I had to get new shoes. The hard part was I really wanted to use the old shoes for my first marathon. I bought the yellow and blue Asics in Boston at Marathon Sports, so to me they were and still are symbolic. However with one mini marathon comlete and training for a full the miles hit about 422 (I keep a running log).
Today I stopped into The Runners Forum in Indy and picked up my new Asics. Now the tough part is breaking them in with 5 days remaining. Sorry feet, but it was pain one way or the other. Yeah, the cushion was gone and notice the worn tread too. It was time but those shoes shall remain special to me as well as my time in Boston.
I'm getting closer to the marathon... one week from today. This was my last long run and a small example of what I've been doing at the end of every long run. Next week is it, time to do it and know that I've put in the time through the heat, the rain, the near misses with cars, bikes, people, and the early mornings and late evening runs that needed to happen.
Yesterday I attempted 15 miles but could only turn in 7. The past several weeks have resulted in some great PR's on 13.1 miles but also some injuries. My legs are strained and knees 'shot' for lack of a better term. Since July 4th I've logged 347.75 miles and am a little bit behind on my monthly goal of 148 miles. The past 3 runs have had me limping the first 3 miles until I just mentally 'deal with' the pain, but yesterday was different. It was a lot worse.
Couple that with the fact that I've experienced (am currently going through) a depressive episode that is a lot deeper than any I've dealt with in well over a year and a half. I've never had one take my love of running and it's turned me into a rather 'blank' person. I was unmotivated and felt complacent to sit and stare at the walls. Again not like me. Today I've created a list of things to accomplish and am hoping to get out of the house. Due to the muscle strains I've cancelled my run for today and tomorrow will be a very light 4 miles.
The goal now is to take it a little easier on my legs and to understand that this too shall pass. I've survived much much worse. I need to stay healthy and focused for November 5th.
Today was huge since it was the single longest run of my life. 20 miles in one run and my legs are not very happy but it was important. The full marathon is coming up in 20 days. It's shocking to know it's so close. Still a lot of work to be done.
The last two long runs could not be more opposite. One on October 1st was really really rough, just complete pain once I ventured beyond miles 8 and was a 16 mile run. I needed to regroup. The run I wrapped up yesterday found me in better sprites and somewhat better shape physically. I pulled off a PR for 13.1 at 1:46:36 and I'll take that. Somehow I knocked off three and a half minutes from my previous PR set three weeks earlier. I am having knee issues and the expected blisters. Next week in the dreaded 20 mile run, but I just need to put one foot in front of the other... repeat as needed.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.