Marathon Training: Week 1

Are you ready for a lot of running talk? Because it’s comin’ atcha! But first, guess what happened to me yesterday . . . 

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Maybe I should get a crash helmet? What’s funny is that the first time I fell down was almost a year ago to the day. So I guess that means I’m due for another fall sometime in early November? All I know is that it better not be during my marathon! I would not take kindly to that. In all fairness, though, Roo got under my feet and totally tripped me, so it was really no one’s fault. We’re working on “heel.” You can see how that’s going. 


Someone does not take kindly to being interrupted whilst gnawing on a bone roughly the size of herself.

Onto the marathon training talk!

I am love love loving marathon training so far. I was really ready to get back to running after dialing it back for a few weeks, and even though I’m definitely feeling a little out of shape, I’m enjoying the process of getting back into it.

There are a few things I’m doing differently this time. First of all, I’m only running 4 days a week instead of 5. At first I was a little nervous about this because my knees tend to get sore if I take too much time off. But I think strength training will really help to bolster the muscles around them and keep them feeling good.

Georgetown running

Secondly, I’ve committed myself to 2 strength training workouts a week and one day of yoga. Right now, I’m counting yoga as my rest day because the DVD I do isn’t necessarily challenging and gives me more of a stretch than anything. 

Third, I’m upping my protein intake like whoa. Even though I’m craving carbs, I’m noticing that I feel better during my workouts when I get enough protein. I’m aiming for 80-100g a day which is really hard for someone who’s really into granola bars and salads. I’ve been doing a lot of green smoothies with blueberries and Kashi GoLean Crunch (obsessed) and egg white breakfast burritos on Flatouts. Besides being insanely delicious, Flatouts have 9g of protein, which is pretty money if you ask me. 

Green smoothie bowl

And now for the bad news. 

Yes, there’s a catch–of course there’s a catch! 

My hip and back pain is back. It’s not nearly as bad as it was in the winter, but I know exactly what’s happening, and I’m not thrilled about it. I know exactly what to do to get it back into top shape: I need to go to a physical medicine doctor to have it adjusted. I did this back in April, and it fixed me! But my hip doesn’t seem to want to stay in place, so I need to have it readjusted. I kind of know how to stretch it to get it back in the right spot, but it’s not fully locked in, and stretching is a short term solution. Being in a new city, I’m having a hard time finding a physical medicine doctor (not a PT) that will take me without a referral. My physical medicine doctor in Michigan will give me a referral, but they have to mail me a list of doctors first . . . ugh. So I’m not so patiently waiting for that list to arrive and hoping I can eek out my next few runs before I have a chance to get fixed. The other option would be a chiropractor, but that’s not covered by my insurance, so I’m hoping I can find a new doc fast. DC friends, if you have any suggestions for me, I’ll take them!!!


23 thoughts on “Marathon Training: Week 1

  1. I’m SO READY for all of your marathon training talk. Bring it, sister. Love having some marathon training buddies!

    But all of that aside, please take care of yourself! No injuries. I’m packing up a whole box of virtual no-injury magic and sending it your way.

    And that whole protein kick? Let me know if you find easy ways to incorporate more. I have the same problem! Thinking I’m going to make some type of energy/protein ball or bar at least.

  2. oh the amount of times my face and body has hit the pavement in public is absurd. I am a clutz at heart. i am glad you are being smart about training and really going with what works for you. I am so sorry about the pain! I hope you figure out some way to either take a break now or adapt a plan that won’t leave you in pain.

  3. Falling down is entirely too common for me at this point! For some reason I have become way less graceful with age! My husband can’t get over the amount of times I have come back from a run all scratched up. I say it builds character. 🙂

  4. hhrunner says:

    woohoo for getting back into marathon training!! but get your hips fixed STAT, no more injuries for you or me!

  5. ichoosehealthyandfit says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing all your marathon talk! Hopefully it will help keep me motivated to stay on track for my half in Feb (I’m coming off an injury myself).

    Oh & if it makes you feel any better, I took my aunt’s dogs to a dog park once & her huge dog came bounding at me & literally swept my legs out from under me causing me to fly through the air and land face first on the gound. I was a bloody mess (literally). My cousin was with me and told me I looked like a cartoon character flying through the air. Not embarrassing at all … Haha … Good thing it wasn’t super crowded or anything, no, not at alllll. ;^)

    Good luck with your hip!

    • Oh my gosh! That’s crazy! I guess I’m lucky I didn’t get completely torn up this time :)

      And get ready for a lot of running talk–I’m pretty much obsessed now!


  6. Actually, 4 days a week of running is pretty standard for a marathon. I’ve run much more than that when training for a half and never had an injury. I guess everyone has to find what works for them!


    • Yep dear, I think four days is a perfect plan for you. And I will say it again….I. AM. SO. EXCITED. FOR. YOU!
      Praying for a quick hip recovery and that your smart training will pay off into a marathon of your of your dreams. Keep enjoying your training….that is the best part!

  7. Alison says:

    Ok, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I don’t know what a physical medicine doctor is… how is it different from a chiropractor?

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