Turns out running a marathon is expensive, and that’s why I am asking for your opinion on whether to keep going at the end of this post. Please comment! Seriously.
I survived 5 weeks of marathon training. Week 5 ended with a long run of 10 miles, at the end of which my ankles declared, “We are OUT.”
Saturdays are long run day. 10 days ago, it was an 8 mile run. 3 days ago, it was a 10 mile run.
Prior to starting marathon training five weeks ago, the longest distance I had ever run was six miles, except for the now infamous accidental half-marathon.
Last summer, I was running six miles several times a week. I felt good and my pace was just over 10 minutes. I also weighed about 50 pounds less than I do now.
In the first four weeks of marathon training, I quickly worked my way back up to six miles. I felt okay at best, and my pace was at about 11:30. I was making progress and my body was adapting to our new routine. I was thinking, I can do this. I can run a marathon.
Three days ago, on that 10 mile run, though…things shifted. I did three big loops of about 3.3 miles each.
At the end of the first loop, I was back at my car and took a minute to drink some water. My ankles were yelling at me, “Hey! We aren’t doing so good! Can we go home now?” I told them to shut up and started the second loop.
At the end of the second loop, I paused to drink water again. This time, my ankles screamed, “LOOK! We can’t do this anymore! Why are you torturing us??” I gave them my sternest command to quit crying and start moving, and off we went on the third loop.
When we came back to the car (I’m now referring to my ankles and me as “we”) again, my ankles refused to talk to me. In fact, they refused to do anything. So, we sat in silence until they allowed us to shuffle back to the car and drive home.
Mentally, I started to unravel the last five weeks.
- I only have 18 weeks to train for this. If I have to take any time off, I’ll never be ready in time.
- I’ve raised money. People will be mad at me if I can’t run.
- I will look like a quitter.
- People will think I’m making it up and just wanted an excuse to stop.
- I was stupid to think I could run this. I should switch to the half.
- I want to stop. I’m tired. I want my life back.
- The whole point of running this race is to raise money for clean water. I should just give the money to someone else to run. I don’t need to run.
- If I miss one day, I’ll never get back on track.
All that from painful ankles.
I researched what to do about painful ankles. I bought compression socks and Icy Hot cream. Minimal difference.
My anxiety level went through the roof as I knew I needed to be able to run 3 miles for my training plan the day after tomorrow. I had not missed a single day of training. I have a checklist that I mark off each day when I complete the run. I couldn’t stand the thought of not checking off a day.
Sundays are cross-training day. Typically, I have done a bike ride for my cardio, but I chose to do another strength & core day instead. I do Mommastrong for my S&C days, and chose the ankle fix-me and glute boot camp.
Mommastrong is the best for all you women out there who don’t have time and can’t get left alone for a minute. There’s never talk about weight loss; it’s all about empowerment and strength in the female (and postpartum) body. The main workouts are 15 minutes, and there are fix-mes and hacks when you have something you want to work on. And it’s $5/month!
Now that I have given Courtney some free advertising, here’s how my Sunday Mommastrong S&C went:
Later that day, I saw my cousin and was complaining about my ankle situation. She suggested I try out Airrosti, so on Monday afternoon, I went to Dr. Johnson.
Here’s my summary of the appointment:
The first half, Dr. Johnson basically used his hand as an iron to unwrinkle my poor body parts. I thought I would die. He said it gets better with each visit. We’ll see.
The big news was that my shoes totally suck for my feet. My precious Brooks Revels that were my favorite tennis shoe ever because they had never caused me any pain. Until now.
So I am now the owner of these massive spacewalk shoes (and Superfeet insoles):
So. Let’s tally up, shall we?
- Compression socks
- Icy Hot cream (Dr. Johnson says it’s pretty useless, and I would concur)
- Icing 2-3 times daily
- Stretch exercises
- New shoes and extra support insoles
Last night, I melted down on JJ. I’m not sure I should keep going with the marathon, honestly.
It seems more than a little bizarre to me that I’ve spent a lot of money to be able to run this marathon when the point is to raise money for clean water. I’m doing a lot to make sure I can run this race in a safe, healthy way but all of it is costing money that should just go to World Vision in the first place, shouldn’t it?
Things I have bought for the marathon/training:
- Sunglasses that don’t fall off when I sweat
- Reflective vest so I can run when it’s dark outside
- Dri-fit long-sleeve shirts
- Running gloves
- Ear warmers
- Wireless ear phones (the most indulgent on the list; the wires drove me crazy and my right one kept falling out)
- New running shoes
- Handheld water bottle
- Co-pay for 6 appointments to Airrosti foot specialist
- Ice packs
- Compression socks
- Foam roller
That’s just so far. I still have 13 weeks of training to go, and I’m not even able to DO the training right now.
I have no idea what other injuries may occur, and need other treatment/accessories. I have some more expenses planned, mainly expensive hydration stuff so that I am fueled as the runs only get longer.
I was not prepared for how expensive running like this can be. I’m embarrassed at how much money is being spent on stuff to DO the run, and not the people I’m running FOR. AND, I do not honestly see a way to run this race in a safe and healthy way without these preparations.
As I’m also spending a lot of time with God in His word and prayer, I am having a lot of internal conflict about whether this is the right thing for me to do (no judgment on others, seriously, this is just me and what’s been my experience).
Honest opinions, please. I can still return some of these things. I can donate to other people and causes, and stop buying all this expensive stuff to run a race when people need the money for clean water.