Off the Rails

17 Apr

As you might have guessed, my spring marathon plans have taken quite the detour. Detour is putting it nicely. This train is completely off the rails. 

I wouldn’t say training had been going well but I was remaining positive that I’d be able to string together some solid weeks of training and see where that got me on May 3rd. 

Then winter stepped in. 

For anyone living in the Northeast in particular, you know how brutal this winter was. I’m not really going to complain too much about that because there was never any day where I decided not to run or didn’t complete a planned run due to temperatures. I had no problem using the treadmill if need be. My first 20 miler was scheduled on a day where I knew the temperatures were supposed to drop dramatically; I still decided to head outside for it and prepared by packing extra layers in my car in case I needed them later. 

What I didn’t expect was the precipitation. Which started coming down in the form of ice. Do we all see where this is headed?


At first I thought it was just a bad bruise – I actually thought I would be able to salvage my 20 miler the next day. Well, here I am 4 weeks later and I still cannot run completely pain free.  Every time I would try to run, I’d end up with intense aching in my shin which would freak me out and lead me to cross train for a few days. At this point now, that pain has disappeared and I mostly just feel very tight (and very out of shape).

So that’s that. I probably should’ve rested completely and maybe I’d be in better shape today – hindsight is always 20/20. It took me about 10 days to realize that the marathon was probably not going to happen, and a few more to mentally come to terms with it. At the end of the day, there was nothing I could do – sometimes, shit happens. 

I was able to struggle bus it through a 5K last weekend with my girls (<– I really hate that phrase but I can’t think of a single other way to say it, someone get me coffee) and ended up not doing too terribly. 


21:50, which is not where I wanted to be right now, but it is a time I would’ve killed for just a few years ago. So the only thing I can do at this point is try to safely build my base back up and start making plans for a fun summer racing and training season. 

My only closing sentiment is to deliver a hearty fuck you! to Winter 2014-2015. You sucked, and nobody liked you. The end. 


6 Responses to “Off the Rails”

  1. Movin' it with Michelle April 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Ouch!!! Sending healing thoughts and prayers!

  2. Hollie April 18, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    I’m so bummed for you. There are plenty of marathons in the sea and I know you’ll be live to race another one. We talked briefly about shoes but I do think the triumph and zealot are good options. Can you somehow compress your knee to get blood there?

    Anyways I was really glad to see you last weekend. I literally wish I could relive that every weekend.

    • upstaterunner April 18, 2015 at 9:00 am #

      I couldn’t compress for a while because the surface skin was still painful and healing but I have been the past few days. I think more cushioned shoes will really help as I start building miles back up. I am excited to join the lolz cushion shoe club!

      I can’t believe it’s been a week already. I miss you and hope you are having a fabulous time on your honeymoon!

  3. Brittany April 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    I mean, I am totally disappointed that the marathon isn’t happening for you. That SUCKS. Especially since it wasn’t even something really training related but just winter being shitty! I am however excited that you can defer it and even though the full is not on my radar, penciling in a half marathon at the same place certainly is 😉

    • upstaterunner April 20, 2015 at 8:38 am #

      See, sometimes you just have to find the silver lining! 🙂

      Plus this also means I will very likely run Buffalo 1/2 this year so … shenanigans.

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