Running Update: Marathoning

For those of you that have been following along, you know I was struggling with some weird undiagnosed pain in my right ankle & foot for most of July and August. Early signs of marathon training in June pointed to a successful training cycle, and the chances of me crushing my current PR were high. But, after two months of inconsistent training, I knew it wasn’t logical to think I would be able to successfully (and easily) complete marathon training by the November 16th race date for the Richmond Marathon. So in what seems to be like an unfortunately common theme among a lot of my runner friends right now, I had to pass on the 2013 Richmond Marathon.

The good news, though, is that my ankle and foot are 90-95% better, depending on the day, and the run. I was able to run in Disneyland with no problems! Since I already paid for a hotel room, I decided to drop down to the half since they provide the option for only $10. So at least I’ll still get to run part of America’s friendliest marathon!

This leaves me with a new problem, though… finding an early winter marathon! My initial thoughts are to run the Rehoboth Beach Marathon on December 7th, since it isn’t too far away from me and doesn’t have to be a big weekend away. But that only gives me an extra three weeks of training, putting me at about a 12 week cycle. Any other races would obviously be in different locations (South, West, etc.) because the weather in January and February around here is not exactly marathon friendly. Thankfully I’ve been able to bounce these ideas off of my coach, Steph, so I’m confident we’ll be able to come up with the best solution soon.

In the meantime I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed that all of these annoying pains are gone for good. I’ve been trying to be as diligent as possible with cross-training and ankle, foot, and leg strengthening exercises, while also working on my core and upper body. I’ve always known how important it is to condition your whole body and how great cross-training is, but I’m realizing it more now than ever. I just have to remind myself when I’m feeling lazy or unmotivated that these few minutes here and there can mean the difference between running pain free, or being sidelined.

So tell me…
Do you have any good cross-training or exercises you do for your feet, ankles, and/or legs I should be trying? 
Know of any great December, January, or February marathons I should consider? 

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8 Responses to Running Update: Marathoning

  1. Glad to hear it is feeling better! Do you use resistance bands in your training at all? Those are awesome for building up strength!

  2. Bummer about dropping to the half but glad that you are on the mend! Cant wait to see which race you pick…which areas are you looking at for raceS?

    • Danielle

      I wanted to stay as local as possible (trying not to drive more than 4 hours) which is tricky that time of year with the weather. I registered for Rehoboth last night, so hopefully the weather isn’t too cold by December 7th!

  3. Sun

    I’ve heard great things about CIM! If you’re up for doing a marathon indoors on a track, Milwaukee has an event called the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon. It’s held at the Pettit Ice Center, which is where the Olympic speedskaters train so at least there are sights to distract while running laps. Also, can’t beat wearing shorts and a tank in the middle of January 🙂

  4. I am really, really, really sad you had to drop to the half. But I did the half last year and can guarantee it is an awesome course, so you will have fun!

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