I had a great week of running this week…overall, that is.
Although my half marathon in Portland is still 2 weeks out, I considered this week to be my last week of HALF marathon training; from here on out, my mileage and workouts is going to be much more oriented towards preparing for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October.
As I mentioned in a few previous posts, I am increasing my milage during this training cycle, and this week was the first time I really felt the weight of that commitment. It’s a big deal when your weekday runs go from taking less than 40 minutes to taking more than an hour. It’s a big deal when the greek yogurt with berries you’ve been eating for breakfast isn’t quite enough when you logged 6 miles before work. And it’s a big deal when your feet are covered in blisters because humidity+lots of miles.
Here’s how the week went down:
- Monday: PT+ Barry’s Bootcamp (Arms and Abs + 2 of miles intervals w/ sprints)
- Tuesday: 3.0 miles (Cut short by some GI issues)
- Wednesday: 8.01 miles @ 10:30 pace
- Thursday: 6.01 miles @ 9:50 pace (at Castle Island!)
- Friday: Barre Class
- Saturday: 12.26 miles @ 10:30 pace
- Sunday: Yoga + Walk
- 31.28 Total Weekly Miles
I’ve been so focused on making sure my bones and muscles and ligaments were all doing what they’re supposed to be doing that I forgot my original running ailment: GI Distress!
See, when I first started running I hadn’t figured out how gluten intolerant I was, and running really, really exacerbated the issue. These days I’m usually really good about eating what agrees with me, and that makes all the difference. Usually. See, there are still rough days sometimes.
When I headed out for my morning run on Tuesday morning, I started feeling some really sharp abdominal cramping around mile 1. I pushed onwards another half mile before coming to terms with the fact that I would not be able to log my planned 5 miles that morning. I was feeling so, so rough for the rest of the day, and I was mad that I hadn’t been able to hit the milage on my training plan.
In the end, though, it turned out alright. I managed to tack the two miles I hadn’t logged onto my other weekday runs. Also, I was reminded of WHY I eat as thoughtfully as I do.
I take a lot of heat for the way I eat. I hear a lot of “Are you SURE you can’t eat gluten?!? REALLY?!?” and “You’re not drinking with me?!?” and “Just eat it! You’ll be fine!” But people don’t know how hard it was for me to get to the point I’m at now. They don’t know what it was like to be in pain and malnourished for like, years at a time. Or (I’m just going to dive right in to TMI here) to have a completely unpredictable GI system and unexplained, occasional bleeding that you just pretended wasn’t happening.
If it’s a choice between eating cookies and bagels or living a stable, healthy life where I’m able to joyfully run ALL THE MILES… like, come on, is that even a choice?
This is obviously a kind of embarrassing topic for me. But I’m typing this because I am not the only one who deals with stuff like this. And I think I would have gotten help a lot sooner if I’d been able to be open about everything. So if anyone out there is struggling with digestive or GI issues… talk to your doctor! see a gastroenterologist and try to figure out what works/doesn’t work for YOU! Because living well and fully is more important than your fear of talking about bathroom stuff to a trained professional whose job is literally to help you correct said bathroom stuff. NOTHING SHOCKS A GI DOC, guys.
In other, completely unrelated news, I found a new, wonderfully flat running route out in South Boston at Castle Island. Bonus points for public bathrooms, water fountains, and no stoplights to trip you up along the trail. I jogged there on Thursday and I’m planning to go back this week, as well! The route is right along Boston Harbor, so the ocean breeze was honestly a godsend. If anyone is ever looking for a place to jog that’s a little less touristy while visiting my hometown, you should totally hit this trail up! Here are a few pictures…
Hope your weeks are off to a wonderful start!