March 2018 Training Recap

If you’ve been following me for a while, you remember that my blog used to be titled “Keeping It Real Dietitian” because I like to keep it real. I re-branded the blog to “RD on the Run” because it had become more running focused than nutrition focused, but I still like to “keep it real” and honest.

First thing I need to keep it real about is that lately my diet has sucked. Okay, being really real, it has sucked since after my last marathon which was almost 6 months ago. I was feeling so healthy and fit in 2017 and then “blah!” I just got lazy with eating. I’m working on getting better – so if you thought that all dietitians are perfect eaters, think again!

Second thing I need to keep it real about is that like many runners I am in denial about injury. I’m suffering from an overuse injury – tendinitis in the top of my foot. I thought I had taken care of it by RICE-ing Monday-Thursday this past week, but my 20 mile run yesterday determined THAT was a LIE. I have been trying to keep off of it and having been icing it and went to get a compression sock. I’m a little concerned that it might be more than just tendinitis, and I will be seeking a professional opinion, but for now… let’s recap the month of March.

  • Total Miles: 89.00 (when does that ever happen – an even number of miles!?)

Here’s where I stand with my “Banking the Miles” challenge for 2018:

  • January 2017: 73.83 miles / January 2018: 66.50 miles
  • February 2017: 33.39 miles February 2018: 74.53 miles
  • March 2017: 51.51 miles / March 2018: 89.00 miles
  • April 2017: 68.68 miles /
  • May 2017: 61.50 miles /
  • June 2017: 51.62 miles /
  • July 2017: 70.38 miles /
  • August 2017: 104.54 miles /
  • September 2017: 136.86 miles /
  • October 2017: 72.28 miles /
  • November 2017: 52.86 miles /
  • December 2017: 57.54 miles /
  • TOTAL 2017: 835 miles / TOTAL 2018: 230.03 miles / GOAL: 1000 miles, 23%

What was I training for? Glass City Marathon for the most part. I did have the St. Patrick’s day races on my plan, but I was never planning on racing them hard. Because I didn’t want to get injured. And then got injured anyway. Ugh.

What races did I run? BARC St. Patrick’s Day Races Irish Double

Best performances: The only race that I did was the Irish Double, and I didn’t really race either the 8k or the 5k, but it was definitely my favorite running event of the month. It was my best friend’s return to running and my hubby’s first Irish Double. We all had a really great time! To pick my best performance is difficult… I will say that all of my long runs went pretty well. My 16 mile run that I did on my own was probably my best performance more for mental endurance than anything else. 16 miles on my own was daunting, but I got through it, and I maintained a pretty consistent pace. My 18 mile run with my friend Christine was my best performance for physical endurance. We ran all of our intervals consistently, maintained a good pace, and although the last few miles were a struggle we finished feeling good.

Opportunities for improvement: The whole month of March as just ridiculous. It started with me falling on my face and needing 5 stitches, which set the month up a little bit rough. I didn’t do any cross training. My diet was pretty awful. I didn’t get many of my mid-week runs in. I ran 20 miles on an injured foot. So, there were a lot of opportunities for improvement! Let’s hope this injury heals up in the next 3 weeks…

What’s ahead: Three weeks from tomorrow is the Glass City Marathon. On Monday I am going to get in touch with the physical therapist that has helped me through my other injuries. I am going to do the best I can with resting as much as possible. That means eating well, resting, following my PT or doctor’s orders, and doing whatever exercise I can without aggravating the injury. I really hope that I am still able to do the marathon because I have worked really hard for this. I want to run it with my friend Christine. But I also want to make sure that I can keep doing this running thing for a very long time – so I don’t want to do anything that could cause any permanent issues for me. Not being able to run is very frustrating… and I swear, I SWEAR I will do more cross training and strength training after I’m healed from this. I SWEAR!!!!

 

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