I can’t believe that next weekend will mark 2 years since I ran the Dublin marathon. I started training for it last year and got all the way to week 13 and had a great 16 mile training run before the wheels came off. I suddenly had extreme pain in my right hip. It hurt so bad that 9 miles into my 18 mile long run I had to sit down in the middle of the cornfield, where I had successfully trained in the year prior, and call D to come get me with the car. I was deflated. I went to an osteopath in Brussels and was told the marathon wasn’t out completely but I should rest and then try another run. If there was still pain I’d need to sit it out. After a week and a half of rest I could still barely run 2 miles. With just 10 days to the race, I had to pull out. I was pissed. I swore I would get revenge this year. I was all set to go in June after coming off a good spring of half marathons. But mid July we suddenly had to move. We had been looking for a house with more land for Beta, also something slightly less expensive and more rural. It all happened so fast and so sudden. The house we got ended up getting needed A LOT of work so we spend most of August living with a friend and working on our house. The only marathon I was going to be able to do was of the scraping old wallpaper variety.
Now that we are somewhat settled in our new house and loving it, I decided that I should try for another marathon. I have been really slacking in the diet and running department since the move and need that great of a challenge to get me back on track. I decided to aim for doing both the Roma Ostia Half Marathon and the Rome Marathon just 3 weeks later. It’s going to be a lot but I need that right now. I am really hoping to get my time down at RO and make a huge improvement at the marathon…don’t want to get too crazy but I’m hoping for at least an hour PR which would put me at under 4:30 for the full. I think I can! I think I can!
Training starts today because I wanted to give myself a few extra weeks in case anything should go haywire and so I could fit in an extra 20 miler. I am following the same program as as I did for Dublin, Higdon’s novice 1, but will repeat weeks 15 and 16 (to get two 20 milers and a step back week after each). I’m still not sure how I will approach RO with it falling on the same day I am due to run the last 20 miler of the training plan..any ideas??? I don’t think that I will race it all out so close to the full but I am still hoping for under 2:16….fingers crossed!
I hope I’m not crazy!