Training for a marathon without even covering the distance of a marathon across a full week is probably not ideal. But, alas, as an injured running it is the reality I am facing at the moment. I try to be diligent with my cross-training, but there is no hiding the fact that my motivation is wearing thin at the moment. Suffering from a marathon training injury is messing with my head.
Distance Run: 26 kilometres (16 miles)
Running Elevation Gain: 0 metres (0 feet)
Time Running: 3 hours 1 minute
Time Cross Training: 3 hour 8 minutes
Full rest day after visiting with the physio again. She gave my right quadricep another round of needles. Otherwise, the message was to stay patient and put in the work I can.
I started the day with an hour on the elliptical, with the first 45 minutes progressively harder before ending with a 15-minute cooldown. In the evening I got through 30 minutes of body weight strength and rehab work. The focus here is the exercises my physio prescribed to strengthen my stride, with the idea that this will alleviate my knee problems.
Threshold session on the treadmill. 4 x 6 minutes at 12 km/h (7 mph) and 7% incline on the treadmill. It felt great to do some harder running again, even if it was uphill work. Unlike last week, I was able to get the intensity spot on, and I was just in the right zone throughout the four intervals. My knee did not bother me during or after the workout.
Forty-five minutes easy on the elliptical in the morning. Thirty minutes of body weight strength and rehab work in the evening.
Another full rest day. Felt a bit anxious the night before, and had trouble sleeping. Because of this, I decided to sleep in instead of getting up early to hit the elliptical. Not good!
Sixty minutes easy for a total of 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) on the treadmill. My first run on a flat treadmill of the week, and I had no trouble with the knee during or after. Got in twenty minutes of body weight strength and rehab work after the run.
Sixty minutes uphill walk on the treadmill. Incline at 10.5% and pace from 6 to 7 km/h. Knee felt decent.
Not the worst week, considering the injury. I got in a decent amount of cross-training and probably didn’t lose too much fitness. My biggest problem at this stage is, without a doubt, my mental state. I am struggling to stay motivated, and I can’t help feeling sorry for myself for not being able to run.
Even though I can get through both running and cross-training without the knee bothering me, the dull ache in the knee throughout the rest of the day remains more or less unchanged from a couple of weeks back. I am immensely frustrated by this, and it feels as if I am getting no closer to resuming regular training. Adding to my frustration, I have realised that my spring marathon is out the window at this point. There is not enough time to both get back to full training and the kind of fitness I want to reach before lining up for another marathon.
Regardless, I will continue to put in the work that will hopefully put me in a good position for when I eventually return to running. I also want to thank all of you who have offered up encouragement and words of support, both in the comments here, on Twitter and elsewhere. You are all helping me stay the course!