i knew marathon training would take a toll on my body, but i have also learned a lot about my body in the process.
road block #1: sprained ankle
two months before marathon training began, i sprained my ankle playing kickball. it was my first time spraining my ankle so it was fairly severe (worse than if i had sprained it as a kid). i went to physical therapy for a bit to strengthen it, but i knew i would have to be careful running with my weakened ankle.
solution: i have been wearing an ankle brace and stability shoes while running, and my ankle hasn’t bothered me (though it still swells up a bit after my long runs)
road block #2: diet
before my long saturday runs, i was eating pasta (or quinoa, bad idea) the night before and it seemed to give me enough energy to get through the run. but when it got up to 17 miles, i struggled. i had no energy. i hit a wall at mile 11 and could barely push through.
solution: i eat an extra lunch on fridays (usually carbs and protein, like a baked potato and chicken) and a fairly large dinner. it seems to give me the fuel my body needs.
road block #3: runner’s knees
i have had IT runner’s knee issues for a couple years. on my 20 mile run, my IT runner’s knee acted up on my left leg at mile 2. i pushed through, knowing that while it hurts, the pain won’t cause any lasting damage. then at mile 14, i stopped to fill up my camelbak (it was already 80+ degrees) and as soon as i started running again, my other knee hurt! but this wasn’t the “internal” pain like my left knee, this felt like i had hit my knee cap with a hammer. i could only run about a mile more before having to call my parents to pick me up (luckily they were in town, if not i would have called an uber). i spoke with the coach and she said this is another form of runner’s knee, but this time on the patella.
solution: i don’t really have a solution for this one yet. right now i am “rice-ing” (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and hoping it gets better before the next run.