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The Road to the Boston Marathon 2016: Week 26 Recap – Trying Not to Give Up


My training/recovery over the past week was interesting. There were some high points and some low points. During the high points I felt optimistic that my ankle sprain recovery was going well and that I may actually recover to post some PB’s this year. During the low points I felt like throwing in the towel, giving up on running completely and my Boston goal, and switching to a new sport, perhaps opting instead to train for figure competitions??? (Anyone who’s seen me in a bikini knows that will never happen).

High points:

  • Being able to run 5k in a running skirt – yay Spring!
  • Playing lacrosse on Friday night… pain free!
  • A kick butt awesome kettlebell workout with my coach – swinging a kettlebell makes me feel so pwerful (and really helped to sweat out the flu)!
  • Covering a total of 15 km this week – the highest amount that I’ve run/walked in a week since the night I sprained my ankle.
  • Getting in some much needed retail therapy – hello new outfit!

New Outfit

Low points:

  • Feeling lethargic, tired and yucky all week from the cold/flu nastiness that my 3 year old daughter gave me. Working out took a ton of motivation.
  • Feeling like I had no energy and no push off power while running.
  • Ankle swelled up like a balloon from standing around at a Fun Fair Saturday with the kids.
  • A really horrible attempt at a 5k run Sunday night. Both shins hurt so badly that I had to stop and walk most of it – am I getting shin splints from my summer shoes?

This cold/flu and this injury are putting me on an emotional roller coaster. One day I feel amazing and unstoppable like on Thursday when despite my raging fever, I knocked out a killer kettlebell workout with my coach. Sweating out the fever made me feel amazing afterwards:

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Then there was Sunday when I gave up completely on running and walked most of my 5k.

Change and grow

I found the above quote online and it made me think. If I’m going to heal and recover from my injuries and illness then something has to change, so this week I’m going to rest. My body is a mess – I need time to heal. I’ll do my workouts with my coach, but will rest on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Then hopefully I’ll be ready for this on Sunday:

Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women

I’ll be running this 10k with my bestie – we’ll be dressed up in tutus, leis etc. to keep it fun. While I would LOVE to wake up Sunday morning with a bounce in my step and ready to set a new PB, I’m doubtful that will happen so I’ll be running for fun with no time goal and no pressure. It’ll be a huge mental change for me as I rarely run for fun – I usually consider racing with myself fun! I plan on leaving the earphones at home, and leaving my phone on silent so that it will record the race, but not provide me with pace and cadence feedback while I run. I really need to just have fun with running in order to get my running confidence back and a fun race with my best running friend (BRF) is an awesome way to do that. Wish me luck!

Have a great week everyone!!

Now it’s your turn… What was the high point of your week?


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  • Launna
    May 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    My high point was getting in a great 5k run/walk… it felt good, however; it is still cold here and I might lose it… lol

    I so want some warm air so that I don’t feel like I am going to freeze to death…

    I think I have some really exciting news which I will blog about soon… I want it to be good… I will let everyone know soon.. have a great day Janice 🙂

    • Janice
      May 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

      I can’t wait to read your news!

  • Mindy @ Road Runner Girl
    May 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Oh yikes! The flu is no fun! I hope you feel better…and the ankle does too! Some rest sounds like just what you need!

    • Janice
      May 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks! I am so bad at rest but you’re right, it needs to be done.

  • Carla
    May 27, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Love your new outfit. So cute! It’s smart to give your body time to heal and recover. When we push and push we wind up with so much more wrong.

    My high point was spending time with my three oldest grands.

    • Janice
      May 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Awwwww so sweet, I’m glad you got some time with your grand babies!

  • Jess @ Flying Feet
    May 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    My highlight was running a fast 5k and proving to myself that I do have what it takes to qualify for Boston. I’m on the same goal! You are wise to rest. It’s not always the easiest choice but it’s smart!! You’ll rebound stronger and faster! 🙂

    • Janice
      May 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Congrats on the great 5k! I look forward to following your Boston journey too 🙂

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah!
    May 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I’m sorry that you had low points. 🙁 At least you were able to focus on some of the high points!

    For me, my high point was getting to spend a 3-day weekend outside w/ my toddler. There’s nothing better!!!

    • Janice
      May 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Yay for fresh air & toddler time!

  • GiGi Eats
    May 28, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I had a pretty HIGH day today! So that’s good 🙂 I always just try to make the best of every situation too, which always helps me have far more HIGHS than LOWS!!

  • {Running} Rachel
    May 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hugs. I had a bit of a tummy bug late last week… and then my T man had something similar this weekend. NO bueno and no fun. 🙁 I feel fine now… but my appetite still hasn’t returned (although I have no trouble eating because I KNOW I need to eat… it is just the hungry sensation isn’t there).

    Okay… HIGH from the week… we went camping and enjoyed nature, fresh air, memories, dirt and fun. 🙂