Monday, September 26, 2016

My First DNS and The Week That Was

Earlier this year I signed up for the Akron Marathon. It was to be my 6th marathon and completing all of the Akron Marathon weekend races. When I found out I was selected to be on the Rock 'n' Blog team I made the decision to skip Akron. The race would always be there, but this opportunity may not be.

To be honest, I never gave Akron much of a thought. I was upset because they got rid of the marathon finisher jackets (instead of a shirt), the medals didn't look that cool and the social media wasn't as involved as they normally are. Plus, none of my friends were running it - which always made Akron weekend so much fun.

It wasn't until I was resting my cranky foot last Tuesday that it really hit me. I was taking my first ever DNS. Since I started "adult racing" in 2012 I have never not completed a race I signed up for. Whether it be a marathon about a month removed from being in a boot or five races in seven weeks in three states, I have always made it. Not this time. It's not like I'm trained to run a marathon right now, but still. It was a weird feeling.

The only thing that did happen this week was a lot of reflecting. Akron was my goal half marathon last year. Even though the race wasn't what I thought it was going to be, I still achieved my goal of a half marathon PR. There were tons of tears shed and the hunger was still there for more. After my terrible half marathon in Philly last weekend, I realized how much I have changed in a year. I'm smarter and know when things aren't right. I know when to turn things down and when to take a step back.

All things considered, I'm glad I had this experience. I've been told it's better to DNS than DNF, which is true. I would have DNF and it would not have been pretty.

Well, now that I got that off my chest, let's talk about the week that was.

I rested for four days last week. My foot was incredibly cranky and I worked a lot. Seemed like the best time to rest. I did do a 30 minute Jillian Michaels kettle bell workout on Thursday and that was rough. I need to get better with my strength training.

Finished with a headstand and the best picture since Dangle walked through again.

I did run Friday-Saturday-Sunday. I wanted to be smart about it and make sure I took it slow.

Friday I ran two really easy miles after work. Mainly just to test the foot. Everything felt fine and I was pleased.



Saturday I tried out a new running location. I will be coaching a Couch to 5k program through the running store and I needed an easy loop for us to start on. Luckily I found a one mile loop not too far from the store and I LOVE IT! Pretty flat and shaded with a water fountain and indoor bathrooms! Score! I didn't have a lot of time but I did run four miles and they felt really good. The temps dropped a little bit which made a world of difference.



Sunday I went to the same loop to get in six miles. Again, I took this week super easy. Since The Great Race was going on downtown I knew there wouldn't be as many people out. It was 50 degrees when I started! I was so excited. I started in a long sleeve shirt! Well, the sun came out and I was hot so I changed half way through. I could not believe how great I felt. Breathing was on, no foot pain and I was super relaxed. It was exactly what I needed.



Weekly Total: 12 miles
September Total: 59 miles

I have three weeks until my next half. The plan for the next two weeks is a long run of eight and 10 miles. Nothing crazy, just building myself back up. I hope to run three to four days a week or as many as my foot allows. Still no speed work and I want to try to be as consistent with my speed as possible. This week my runs averaged 9:11, 9:06, 9:11 and I think that's about perfect for right now.

So here's to the next few weeks before a new adventure. I have never been to St. Louis before so if you have any tips please let me know!

8 comments:

  1. Prayers for fast and complete healing before your upcoming race! St. Louis is beautiful, I've only been twice but think you will love it. Like you I have also learned to listen to my body SO MUCH MORE in the passt year or so, like this morning I was supposed to do a workout before teaching - nope, I am pooped and weak from a stomach bug last night so I'm drinking coffee and writing!

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful compromise Sarah! Thank you so much for the thoughts!

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  2. Ohh I should have Dan sign up for that C25K with you! Maybe if you're coaching him he'll actually listen ;) I can't believe that was your first ever DNS..I had like 3 this year alone lol!

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    1. Never! I have never had a DNS or a DNF before. I would love to kick Dan's butt. Just send him to me =)

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  3. Good luck with the rest of your training! I hope your foot stays pain free!

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  4. It sounds like you made the right choice! Hopefully your foot heals up quickly.

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