Nike Women’s Marathon SF: Week 3 training recap

After a really rocky start, I sure am glad to put this week behind me!

This is what "summer" (and I use the term loosely) looks like in San Francisco

This is what “summer” (and I use the term loosely) looks like in San Francisco

Here’s what the schedule looked like for Week 3:

  • Tempo run – 7 mi
  • Track workout – 6 x 800s
  • Long run – 13 mi

The fact that last Saturday’s 12-miler went so well got me pumped up to tackle week three, but Tuesday’s workout burst that bubble very quickly.

What started off as a typical 7-mile tempo run quickly spiraled into what shall henceforth be referred to as “The Worst Run Ever.”

Three miles in, I started to feel a little “off,” but I pushed through it, thinking that I just needed to get the lead out of my legs from the previous long run. But by mile four, I started feeling waves of nausea and lightheadedness.

In typical stubborn-runner fashion, I plugged along (partly because I “only” had three miles left at that point, and partly because it was an out-and-back run, so I was nowhere near home).

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(Un)happy feet

By mile five, I was using every trick in my mental arsenal to just.keep.moving…from “I have to run to the end of this song” to “I’ll just stop and slump over – i.e. ‘stretch’ – by the side of the path for a minute.”

When mile six finally came, I was so dizzy and sick to my stomach that I could barely make it a block at a time before stopping to catch my breath and hunch over to get some blood to my brain. I staggered a tenth of a mile at a time, my thoughts racing back and forth between, “I just need to get home,” and “How the hell am I going to get back up the hill to get there?”

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Runner problems

Just then, in what I attribute to some kind of divine intervention, my friend Colleen, a bestie from grade school, called me. We chatted as I slowly trudged along, telling her about the evening’s disaster.

Her response? Something that gave me just the boost I needed to get back home: “It’s funny how running works. You can go out and have the best run ever, and another time it can be horrible,” she said. “But that’s what keeps us going – because that next run might just be a great one. So I guess that’s why we keep doing it, isn’t it?”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. By the end of the call, I was home, grateful for the words of encouragement and that she helped me put it all in perspective.

(By the way, I think quinoa may have been the culprit wreaking havoc on my stomach, so note to self: Cool it on the quinoa until marathon training is over.) 

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Thank goodness for recovery protein shakes

I didn’t feel back to normal until Thursday, so I was a little concerned about the evening’s track workout, but it actually went really well.

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My pace was supposed to be in the 3:45-3:48 range for each 800, but I ended up with splits that ranged from 3:39-3:45, even with a monster headwind down the back side of the track.

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Finally, back “on track!” (…see what I did there?)

I’m not gonna lie: Despite Thursday’s rebound running session, gearing up for Saturday’s 13-miler was a little intimidating. But we mapped out a new route that took us down by the ocean for some different scenery, which was a welcome distraction.

SF13miler

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Unfortunately, we didn’t really factor in a little thing called “elevation,” which always keeps things interesting for runners here in the Bay Area.

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But we finished fairly strong and rewarded ourselves by overindulging on Cajun and Creole cuisine at dinner. (If you’re in the Bay Area and get a chance to go to the Boxing Room, I highly recommend it!)

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What’s in store for me (and my crazy compression socks) in week four? Stay tuned…

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