Tuesday, December 2, 2008

You can call me the slacker

I can feel the stress weighing on my shoulders. No, I haven't been running, so I haven't anything new to report. When I signed up for Disney, I never would've imagined how utterly unrealistic it was for me to add training into my schedule at this time of year. This past weekend was the first weekend I've had off in over a month, and I spent it at home getting ready for the holiday show. Been preparing non-stop for this Saturday's big event, working on several freelance projects, working on work, and doing everything else. So much so that I've been getting into stupid tiffs with Chris because I've been neglecting everything else on the homefront. 

I feel like several parts of my life are converging and I'm just sooo tired... If I can get through these next two weekends without burning out I'll be happy. Home hunting has been put on hold. I lost about 60% of my life savings so far, so that adds some stress. I need to move out and get myself a serious studio space to tackle the business side of things, but that won't happen until Spring of next year. It's challenging... 

On the running front I have a scheduled 20 miler on Sunday. I might be stupid for trying to attempt that distance after not training, but I don't have much of a choice considering how many more days I have until Disney. And I don't want to give up. Even if I have to walk a lot I'll do it. Or else I'm screwed.

Any and all words of encouragement are welcomed.


Susan said...

Looks like you've hit a rough patch. But it also looks like you have realized it, accepted it and are tackling it - and that's what's important.

Sometimes work just takes over! I understand.

ShirleyPerly said...

Sorry to hear life has been so crazy and stressful for you. I just heard yesterday that someone I've worked with for years is getting laid off and another friend's husband also just recently lost his job. So I guess just having a job is a good thing even though it may get in the way of our training.

Question for you: Since Disney is still 5.5 weeks away, do you feel you must do a 20-miler this weekend because this will be the one and only run you will get in before your race? If that's the case, go slow and do as much as you can w/o getting injured. Remember that being undertrained for a marathon is better than being injured going into a marathon. If you can set aside more time to run, let us know.

Good luck!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Hi Lisa,

Based on your comment, it sounds as if you are willing to set aside time to run during the next five weekends until your race, which is good. Since your last long run was a 12-miler about a month ago, what I'd do if I were in your shoes, rather than trying to jump right back into training with a 20-miler this weekend, is run another 12-miler this weekend, a 16-miler the following weekend and then a 20-miler the weekend after (same weekend as the 2nd 20 on your schedule), then taper the same as the schedule. This will give you a little more gradual build up and reduce your risk of injury. One 20-miler is all that many people who just want to finish a marathon do. Trying to squeeze in two 20-milers in 5 weeks when you haven't been running much recently is not worth the risk, IMO.

Anyway, that's my two cents. Good luck whatever you decide!

MarathonChris said...

Hi Lisa - since I consider Shirley the expert, I think the plan is perfect. As it turns out, I am easing back in after my marathon and illness recover. Just 10 for me this weekend, 16 next weekend, and 20 the weekend after that. Then 3 weeks to taper.

If there is one thing that makes Disney a tough race is trying to train through the holidays. Train when you can - try not to miss the long runs - run/walk the long runs and don't injure yourself. You can run/walk the marathon, many folks do :-) Actually, I have run/walked all of my races :-)

You can do it! Just think of how you are running off all those extra holiday calories as you go!

peter said...

Shirley's plan is a good one, except I'd cap out the long run at 18 not 20 and muddle through in the race. My first marathon (not recommended) I had never run more than seven miles at once before. I did a lot of walking after the eleventh mile and walked almost all of the last hour home to a sub-6 hour. Runners get through most things (except injuries, which require time off). Hang in there! You could always go down and just enjoy WDW (it's fun) and relax.

Anonymous said...

I think it's foolish to ramp up the length of the long run so quickly, especially since you have not been training regularly. I think the wiser course is not to run the race at all. You'll take a financial hit, but at least you won't injure yourself.