"To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping." Chinese Proverb
Sunday, I decided to run the 12K suggested for the half-marathon training program. Worst case scenario, I would walk the remaining Ks if I started to feel pain. Mostly, I ran a 5/1 schedule and it went great. You have no idea how thrilled I was to run 12K.
Monday, I did my Tuesday workout...a 4K tempo run on the treadmill at the gym, and I had a great run. Songs that made me smile: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas...and "Sweet Madam Blue" by Styx :) ...I also realized that "Twist and Shout" by the Mamas and Papas is 180 beats per minute...I loved following the rythm.
This morning, I had a phone conversation with Melinda Hinson Neely, the author of Finding Life's Secret Sauce. Why did she call you wonder. You see, she's writing a book about first time marathoners and I have actually been selected as one of the runners she will be profiling in depth. I'm very excited to be part of this amazing book project! So, as I said, I was speaking with Melinda this morning and when I mentioned that my training program had five scheduled run days per week, she was surprised. Especially considering I also cross-train three to four times a week. "Hmmmmm maybe that's too much?" I thought. She suggested I speak with my PT about it.
So this afternoon, I had an appointment with my PT. First of all, my knee is doing better apparently...Yay! But, my left soleus (that would be a muscle on each side of the calf that hooks up to the heel)...is mildly inflammed. My ambitious transition to the new shoes was a little too quick and wasn't helped by my barefoot running on the beach. Oops. Joseph had warned me to be careful, but did I listen? Yes, I swear I was listening when he spoke! Was I careful enough? I guess not. I then asked his opinion regarding my training schedule. His reaction, "That's too much!" Note that we're talking about me here and that for some people, this would be fine. My brother, my sister-in-law and Uber H are all doing the same 5-day training program, but that's all they do, no specific cross-training...and they're all doing great! However, for me, all that is too much and not absolutely necessary. The plan is to take more rest-from-running days, but continue the cross-training. Basically, run at least three days a week, but make the weekday runs a bit longer. Also, because I plan on run/walking my marathon, he suggested that I run/walk all my training runs, not just my long runs (which is an option that is discussed in my program, but that I had never thought of actually doing).
Then I asked him THE question and this is what he said, "If you asked me whether you could run a half-marathon in October, I'd say absolutely no problem. But, you want to know if I think you can run a marathon in October and I say, it's doable for sure." Now THAT is the what I wanted to hear!!! :) So we'll see how things go. The possibility of doing a half and registering for a full later is not completely off the table, but I'm going to train smartly (I swear!) and hopefully...