Big Sur Marathon Training-Week 10

Oh, week 10, why you gotta play me like that?

If I ever train for another marathon, I swear I may skip week 10.  Just go from week 9 to week 11, you know like they skip floor 13 for some high rises?  Week 10 is cursed to be a hot mess.  During San Francisco training, week 10 was the breaking point with Hanson’s and I spent the last weeks just trying to hang on and get through the race without making my leg worse.

This time- I managed to hurt everything.   Right shin. Left shin.   Pulled a left groin muscle.  Popped/ pulled something on the right side of my back.   Oh and had a panic attack on the side of the road.    As for running?  I pulled off a whopping, crawling 15.75 miles last week.

So let’s whine talk about what I managed to do-

Tuesday- 1.54 miles I headed to lake path after work, looking forward to bringing it back into play.  The path being back means speed work is an option again and I was looking forward to going back to 4 days a week.  However my legs didn’t get the memo.  I knew right away something was wrong but I was hoping it would go away after a lap of the lake.  My left shin hurt but the scary part was my right shin.  I felt like something was loose under the skin- kind of like the muscle was pulling away from the bone.   It wasn’t getting better, getting worse in fact so I called if after a lap.  Grrr.

Saturday- Rain What do runners in denial of injuries do?  Buy new kicks.

Sunday-   12.55 run/ 1.66 walk The plan called for 18 and that’s what I set out to do.  However between all the rain of the week and all the pains I had been feeling, I was tired and not feeling it but I told myself to get over it.  I forgot my pepper spray and had to turn around to get it.   I had to change my route less than 1/4 mile in as there was a funeral at the cemetery and I try to not run past when there are actual services.   I started out slow and it never got any faster.  I was dragging around mile 7 when a passer-by leaned out their car window and yelled “good job” with a thumbs up.  It gave me a second wind for about 5 minutes but also made me wonder if I looked as rough as I felt.

My legs were aching, my feet felt like they were swelling.  It was 70+* and I was hot.   I was so damn thirsty and I had 2 bottles of water in my pack.  I stopped for a bathroom break around mile 10 and doused my hat and Buff in water.  I kept trying to move faster but I just kept moving through quicksand.  I couldn’t catch my breath and it just got worse.  By mile 11 I was sitting on the side of the road having a freaking panic attack, crying.

I somewhat pulled myself together, ha, called my mom and asked her if she wanted to join me for my last miles so I would have some company.  She said no and told me I should quit and she would come get me and give me a ride.  I was stubborn and said no.   I tried to suck it up and run on.  At mile 12.55, I knew I was being stupid.  My pace was in the toilet and my head still wasn’t right.   I stopped my watch and decided to walk a shorter way home.   That was still almost another 3 miles.  I didn’t make it.  I ended up calling for that ride.

I was so damn irritated with myself for not finishing 18 but I also knew that pushing on would have done more harm than good.  As it was, I was limping, dehydrated and exhausted.  I was done.

Now starts week 11… and I am filled with doubt and lingering muscle pain.  Oh boy.

How was your week?  Tell me something good!


  1. Laurie says:

    My week was great! I have been feeling the mechanics of my stride have not been right for over a year. My last 3 runs were perfect, though. Don’t want to jinx myself!! I am not training for a marathon. My next one is not until August. Next big thing is a 24 hour relay that I am doing in May. 4 person team. Not sure how to train for that one. Great post!


    1. Oh, stride, sometimes I just wish someone would follow me around with a camera. I know something’s off but have no clue how to fix it. A relay sounds like fun! I’ve never run one before but always thought about it. At the same time, they sound tiring. 🙂


  2. Rae says:

    Ugh, I’m sorry this week was so rough! I think you definitely made the right call to stop your long run. You’re training for a marathon, and hurting yourself or getting burned out in week 10 isn’t going to serve you. Rest up, reset, and try again this week.


    1. That’s what I keep trying to tell myself. It’s odd, this plan has less miles to start with then my last time around but I’m more tired this time. Grrr.


  3. Oh no! I really hope your legs are doing better and next week is a better week for you!


    1. Fingers crossed! It’s a step back week which is good but I’m running a half in place of my long run so I could have some company so I just have to not push it and keep it easy.

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  4. Paula says:

    No. No doubting self. Just persevere. You’ve got this!


    1. Just keep moving, right? Thank you!

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  5. Oh no!!! I’m sad your mom said no to when you called. Had I lived closer, I would have tried to keep you company on the run. 😦 Good luck with this week! My legs have been feeling super heavy lately. As for something good, I’m really enjoying the daylight. 🙂 Its nice to leave work and still have it be day. 🙂


    1. The daylight is super nice. As I get farther into training I am wishing that I had a running buddy for the long runs. This cycle has been rather rough in unexpected ways. 😦

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  6. I hope your week 11 is better!


    1. It was actually worse, haha but thank you!


      1. Aw! I’m sorry! 😞


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