Well, it’s the end of July… and a time when most runners are approaching the halfway mark in their marathon training.
It’s a time to look back and feel proud (and smile!) about everything you’ve achieved so far (including a “steamy” long-run this past Saturday here in Chicago); and a time to look forward, with anticipation (and a bit of ‘anxiety’?) to all you are about to achieve in the weeks ahead.
And it’s a good time to honestly assess how you’re feeling ‘body-wise’… a time to take stock of all those joints, tendons and muscles you’ve been ‘beating-up’ on—especially as long-run distances and weekly aggregate miles begin to (seriously) increase.
To that point, I recently attended a clinic about the most typical running-related injuries and was reminded that, over the years, I’ve had ’em all—including shin splints; “runner’s knee;” plantar fasciitis; as well as Achilles tendonitis and IT band issues.
(I know, I know, “What a wreck!”)
The good news (if there can ever be “good news” when talking about an injury) is that all these injuries are rather common to runners, and all are rather treatable—provided they’re acknowledged and diagnosed early.
In fact, one of the ‘big lessons’ these injuries taught me is that the body has an AMAZING ability to heal itself, if we’re just patient enough (and smart enough) to allow it to BE amazing!
(In other words, consider seeing a sports physical therapist; and rest—when you know rest is what you should be doing.)
If any of this sounds like I’m talking to you, check out Coach Brendan’s marathon training tip this week, “R.I.C.E. Is Very Nice.”
(That’s ‘Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation.’ Although on more than a few Saturday evenings that has become, “Rest. Ice. Craft beer(s). Elevation.”)
Oh… and about that ‘anxiety’ you may be feeling about the second half of the training season (especially for those who just ran their ‘first ever’ half-marathon, or their first 12 or 14 mile long-run)—the truth is, before you get to the ‘START’ on October 8 you’ll probably run four or five half marathons… considering that you’ll be completing long runs of 14, 16, 18 and 20 miles.
Now, I share this with you not to freak anyone out (“WHAT! I’m going to run 5 half marathons!”)—but rather to highlight the fact that by following your training schedule, you will be SO ready (in body, mind and spirit) as you line-up and stand at the “START” on Marathon Day.
Have a great week ahead.
(In fact, have a great ‘whole second half’ of the marathon training season!)
And please… train safe.
And (of course) run strong.