Sunday, March 21, 2010

Half Marathon Training and "The Blues"

It's been a few weeks since I posted and I apologize for that, but I have been slogging through my own Blue Period... and it has been a haul. Some of it is due to my annual February down time, I am sure, which hits me at that point every year during the dark and cold Chicago winters. But some of it started way back in the fall, and it all converged and took me down for awhile.

I really appreciate all of my friends for sticking by me, encouraging me, calling me, sending check-in emails during this rough time (Bets, Donna, Delane, Jolene... thank you). I was just so tired and it seemed like all I did was work, run, take care of child, crash for some (little) sleep, repeat. But the additional daylight is making me feel more like myself, along with the B12 shots and the prescription Vitamin D, so I am feeling more "normal".

The good news is that my training is on track. I completed my first 8 mile run on Thursday, and it was hard but fulfilling. It also left me with a very bad blister between the second and third toes on my left foot. I also thought I was losing a toenail on my left foot (second toe), but came to realize just this afternoon that I actually have a blister UNDER my toenail! I popped it today and now it is feeling less painful... but it has been there for at least a week and a half!

Since the blisters seem to be coming on strong with my longer runs, I ordered some socks to try to avoid them as much as possible. Hopefully that will do the trick. I am even trying a pair of these toed running socks!

I was planning to run the Shamrock Shuffle 8K race in the city today, but the weather kept me away for the second year in a row. The race weather seemed fine, but we were going to be taking public transportation to and from, and at that time it was snowing and blowing and downright nasty so my friend and I took it to the gym and ran our 5 miles indoors. We had a good time, though, and really that was my whole goal in doing the race anyway.

February brought me my first ever 60+ mile month, and this past week found me running over 25 miles alone. I will surpass 60 miles this month... WOW! I have two 5 mile runs and one 8 mile run on schedule for this week, and I am also adding in a day of cross training with a Cardio Kickboxing class on Tuesday night. Hopefully this will be a good thing and not just another demand on my time.

Here's to more daylight and some warmth in my life, and come April 1st I am a mere month away from my 13.1 run!


Melissa (TheDailyMel) said...

I've been struggling with February/March blues as well. Hang in there! BTW, I have some of the Injinji socks and *love* them!!

Delane said...

I get SAD too. Glad the training is going well

Get some body glide for your toes and feet..sound weird but it works for blister on the feet.

I also use to rub deodorant on my feet for when it go warm. Helped with the sweat.

createapositivelife said...

So good to see a post from you. I get the SAD thing and how it can just weigh someone down. SO happy that spring is here! Congrats on rocking the training. Hope the toe socks work - that way you can rock the socks too. (Sorry I had to say that.)LOLOL

Donna said...

Those winter blues; I do think it is the weather and the lack of sunlight. I did a little better this year but I think it is because I worked from home alot and tried to be outside when it was sunny. Glad to hear from you and WOW you are doing great with your training.

Corletta said...

It sounds like you are doing so well Keep the good work up!

Al's CL Reviews said...

Glad you are back!

I got a blister on my toe right there (2-3) too! But not under the toe nail...*shivering thinking about it*

You are doing so great. Proud of ya!