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Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 15

This week was peak week of training!! Let me tell you – peak week is a bad time to be on week 3 of a never-ending cold. But that’s exactly what I was going through all week. Y’all are probably wondering why I hadn’t gone to the doctor, after being sick for so long. Even though I’d been pretty miserable at times, none of my symptoms seem like anything other than a nasty, common cold. At the end of the week I found out otherwise.

Monday- Rest day. I was supposed to do an easy 7 miler, but I was feeling awful. After suffering through 5 hours of work I threw in the towel, went home, and slept on and off the rest of the day. This would have been a good time to visit the doctor….

Tuesday- I was feeling better from Monday and ready to get back at it, aside from a throbbing headache. I planned to do 2 x 3 miles with a 1 mile recovery for 10 miles total and that’s what I did. However, I had not planned on doing this workout on the treadmill. I ended up working late and was forced to run with Sven, though, since I had my fill of running alone in the dark during Ragnar.

My goal for the 3 mile repeats was 30:24 and I split 30:29 on the first one (figuring out what speed to set the treadmill) and 30:24 on the second (got things figured out). Aside from my pounding headache, everything else felt good. Although I was surprised to find a bloody toe when I took off my running shoes after my run. Turns out I didn’t quite cut one of my toenails right on Sunday afternoon and there was a sharp edge. Oops.

Wednesday- Rest day. I was going to make up my Monday run, and just make Monday my one rest day for the week. But my cold was still hanging on, and I had a cough and pounding headache all day. So when I got home from work I decided to just take the rest day as scheduled and just let Monday be a lost day of training.

Let it go and move on. The goal was to complete my Thursday tempo run and my 16 mile long run on Sunday.

Thursday- 10 mile run, with 8 miles at tempo (marathon pace). I probably shouldn’t have done this run, but I didn’t want to miss it. I was still feeling pretty bad, and was coughing more than ever. This run felt so tough. My chest was very tight during the run, and I often couldn’t catch my breath due to the coughing. At times it felt like I was trying to breathe through a straw.

Bisset Park

So probably not smart that I ran anyway, but I was hopeful that this cold that had lasted for three weeks must be on its way out. Even though running felt tough, I still managed to average 10:14/mile for my tempo miles (my goal pace is 10:18/mile). I really hope I’m not sick come marathon morning!

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Friday- 6 mile easy run on the treadmill. I still wasn’t feeling better, I still ran. My cough was a lot better from Thursday, but in it’s place came an incredibly stuffy nose and aches all over. No fun.

Saturday- To my dismay, I found that I was still sick when I woke up. I took it easy in the morning and even surfed WebMD (always dangerous). It turns out when you have a cold for longer than 10 days it typically means you have a sinus infection. It’s recommended that you go to the doctor and get antibiotics. That probably would have been a good thing to figure out on Monday…

I had myself convinced that if I rested all day Saturday, and skipped my easy 6 miler, I would totally be able to gut it out for 16 miles on Sunday. Clearly I had moved out of Virginia and into the state of Delusion.

Sunday- This was supposed to be my third 16 miler (the Hansons version of a 20 miler during marathon training). ICYMI: My first 16 miler was awesome, and I missed the second due to right shin pain.

I’m probably surprising no one when I tell you that I did not run yesterday. Instead, I was up at 4:30 AM because I was just too uncomfortable to sleep anymore. I let Kim know that I wouldn’t be able to join her. She suggested I go to the urgent care. For some reason that hadn’t dawned on me! I was thinking my only option was to wait until the work week, and figure out how to squeeze a doctor visit into a very busy week.

Instead, I was able to go to the doctor late Sunday morning and guess what – I have sinusitis. Again, probably surprising no one but myself at this point. They prescribed some antibiotics and I should be feeling better in a few days. Had I gone to the doctor on Monday I may not have missed this key final long run in training. Lesson learned. Also fyi- be careful if you ever decide to be stupid like me and run through an untreated sinus infection. I was working my way down a dangerous path that ultimately would lead to pneumonia.

Total Miles: 26 miles
September Total: 156.08 miles

17 thoughts on “Marine Corps Marathon Training – Week 15”

    1. It really does, but I was at least able to do my long run on Tuesday after work. Makes me feel a bit better. Thanks for the reassurance that I’ll be fine 🙂 Deep down I know that, but it’s an easy thing to forget too.

  1. Oh man! Glad you finally went in and got some antibiotics. Those things are amazing, though, so you should feel better really soon! Totally sucks that you missed your last 16 miler – is it something that you could fit in early in the week (if you’re feeling better)?

    I’m so excited for your race. My BIL and sister are running too, so I’m going to be biking around cheering for all of you! I’ll have to come up with a clever sign…

    1. Yea! I think I was about a week later than I should have been getting to the doctor. The meds have me feeling almost back to normal – just have to get rid of my cough! Luckily, I was able to get my 16 miler done on Tuesday. 🙂

      You’ll have to send me a picture of your sign so I’ll know what to look for!

  2. Awww, bummer, Meagan! I’m sure the lack of sleep and exhaustion after Ragnar didn’t help any in being able to fight off the bug you picked up. Hopefully, you’ll be all better soon, and ready for Sunday’s race! See you then!

  3. Yikes! Glad you got some meds, and hopefully will be feeling better in no time! Although I probably would have done the same. Glutton for punishment? Maybe we’re just stubborn.

  4. BAD GIRL! 🙂 I’m glad you finally went to the doctor. Hopefully you’ll be good as new in a few days. I too am bad at getting the doctor when I’m sick (but I go all the time for running stuff, go figure).

    1. p.s. I’ll happily move to the state of Delusion with you. I seem to spend enough time there already so I may as well buy property.

    2. I know, I’m so bad about going to the doc – and I convince myself each day that I’m going to get better and then it just gets worse. You’re more than welcome in the state of Delusion! 🙂 I don’t think we’ll be lonely there.

  5. I hope you’re quickly on the mend now that you’ve got some medicine! I stink at going to the doctors and I know it’s easy to just wish it would go away!

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