Well, it finally hit me. Exhaustion, sleep deprivation and mountains of emotional overload left me with nothing left in the tank this past weekend.
Normally I run through the pain, be it emotional or physical, but this weekend I hit a wall. My right foot was aching because I just HAD to wear those pretty shoes I bought at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago. They of course had no arch support, so I was left with a very tender right arch. Strike one.
I haven’t slept well, well…in several years. I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor last week, and when I told him my normal nights’ sleep, he nearly gasped. He prescriped me some sleeping aids and I
nearly hugged him. I couldn’t keep functioning on 1 hour of sleep at a time. So I took my first sleeping aid Friday night, and slept for NINE hours straight. It was glorious. I didn’t realize how tired I truly was, but the process was repeated Saturday night. YAY for sleep!!! So THIS is what people are talking about in regards to the saying “A good night sleep.” WOW. But with all that sleep, also came the realization how tired my body is. After grocery shopping on Sunday, I was beat. I’m not sure if it was the Chiberian winds that decided to kick up, the 20 degree real feel temerature drop from the afternoon before, or my aching foot-but stick a fork in me, I was DONE. So I skipped my long run, and took a nap on the couch instead. Strike 2. Sorry, just keeping it real here.
I read so many blogs filled with PR’s and constant ‘good training weeks’ that I started to really question myself. Am I the only one who is really struggling some days/weeks with training for a marathon while balancing the rest of my life? Not that I’d wish anyone to struggle, quite the contrary in fact. I LOVE reading everyone’s success stories. But it has sparked a little bit of doubt in my confidence being so early in to my training and already finding myself so tired…Strike 3.
Wait. I’m not out…
After a quick slap to the noggin’ I reminded myself that a lot has been going on these last few months, and things will even out. I got this!
So here’s to a new week, with more miles and lots of laughter!
How do you deal with training hiccups? Have you ever missed a long run while training for a long distance race?
Have a great week, y’all!! ❤