2019 Berlin Marathon Training: Week 7

We’re 10 weeks away from the Berlin marathon on September 29th and I’ve had a very frustrating week dealing with an injury. Honestly, I don’t have much to report, at least not on the running/training front. The heat wave canceled most of the fun plans I had for the weekend and it actually didn’t matter because I finally did see a physical therapist and I’m not running for the next couple of weeks. What am I going to do with myself?

MONDAY

REST DAY. My leg wasn’t feeling great after Sunday’s not-so-long long run so I decided I would sit Monday out.

TUESDAY

I did 6.7km/4 miles with Ian and Pacers Navy Yards. It was hot and my leg hurt throughout most of the run. Not good 😦

WEDNESDAY

OrangeTheory kicked off “Orange Voyage” with a row heavy workout. Like we spent half the class on the rower which never happens. I actually really liked this workout. My leg didn’t hurt on the rower though it did on the treadmill so I switched to the strider and felt fine. I rowed 5500m!

On the downside, I always have a harder time getting splat points on the rower and I barely got 3 splat points. But I felt like I had a good workout, especially given my limitations this week.

THURSDAY

TRACK DAY REST DAY. As much as my leg felt fine during the Orange Theory workout, it didn’t feel good afterwards and I was still limping when walking. With my first physical therapy appointment scheduled for Friday I decided to take a break. 

FRIDAY

I went to Physical Therapy and did some exercises. I’m basically off running for the next couple of weeks and I’m obviously freaked out and sad and frustrated but trying really hard to tell myself it will be ok. I hate falling so far behind in training. I’m not a good runner, I really can’t afford setbacks like this… But it wasn’t all bad that day. The mini-ragnar relay at DC Brau I was going to participate in was canceled so I didn’t have to feel like I was missing out and I made it to the mall instead to see the amazing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon.

It was spectacular to see so many people on the mall ! You can see the full video/projection here. It was honestly one of the coolest experience I’ve had in DC since I moved here 14 years ago.

SATURDAY

I had planned to cheer the runners at the Crystal City Twilighter but that was canceled. I did some of my PT exercises. And in sort of keeping with my theme of training for a marathon in Germany I went to a German wine tasting at Weygand Wine Store. Not the same, I know… 

SUNDAY

Spent the day mostly IN my pool. Nothing to report.

Bilan de la semaine: This week felt like the worse. I barely ran 4 miles, did one Orange Theory class… I’m trying really hard to listen to my body and take a break so I can get better as quickly as possible but it’s very frustrating! 

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Less running means more time for reading! I finished Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsonn which I loved, The Incomplete Guide to Running by Steve Sagal which I also loved and Brooklyn, which I loved as much as I loved the movie.

And I binged on the new season of Queer Eye. Gosh I love that show and it gave me a great excuse to spend a few hours indoors in the air conditioning! 

What I’m eating/drinking: I took Corey to Texas de Brazil for his birthday so we ate all the meats! Otherwise, I was really good about bringing my lunches to work this week, alternating between a feta salad with chickpeas and canned sardines and club sandwich. I made this simple and delicious quick chia seed strawberry jam using a recipe from The Kitchn. I’m planning on eating it with cottage cheese or whole grain waffles for breakfasts next week!

What I’m looking forward to on week 7: Physical therapy and getting better?? I hate feeling like I’m falling so far behind on my training 😦  

12 thoughts on “2019 Berlin Marathon Training: Week 7

  1. Gosh, I hope the PT comes through for you! I’m in Iowa, and it was a scorcher here, as well, most of last week.The weekend was crazy hot! A lot of our races and outdoor events were canceled as well. Thanks for linking with us!

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear that you have been dealing with an injury. I know hw frustrating that can be 😦 Hopefully the PT work will help out!

    That chia seed strawberry jam looks delicious!

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  3. Sorry about the leg pain 😦 I hope the PT can help out! I’m reading that Peter Segal book and watching Queer Eye right now too 🙂 Really enjoying both.

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  4. Oh so sorry to hear that your leg is bothering you. Good that you are getting some help though. I know how frustrated you must be. What other activities can you do? Cycle? Swim? thanks for linking up!

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  5. Ugh. I know being injured and sidelined is stressful when you have a big marathon on the calendar, but you do have enough time to get better, and you are a better runner than you give yourself credit for. I’m betting on you. 😉 I think I’d like all those books – I will check them out.

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    • oops, that was supposed to be splat 😉 They’re basically minutes you spend at a certain heart rate. You’re supposed to get at least 12 per class fr it to be considered a good workout…

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