London Overcoming Fatigue

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As we get ever closer to the Boston Marathon, members of the Level Legion: Boston Marathon Edition are checking in with some thoughts on the training the race, or whatever else they can come up with it. We let them go freestyle, and we’ll be presenting those to you throughout the week. Up next is…

Anne London

Reflecting back on this marathon training season, three things come to mind.

  • ·         It’s been insanely cold
  • ·         I am insanely tired
  • ·         I haven’t run that much…due to being cold and tired.

Every local runner will complain that this winter has been harsh. This caused me to enact a personal rule: “If it is below 20F, I am not running outside”.  That came back to bite me one Saturday morning when I woke up to a scheduled 13 miles and it was 0F outside.  I ended up running a half marathon on a treadmill and thought that I was going to have to be locked up in a padded room afterwards.  Yikes.  Not easy, or fun.  But, as the days have gotten longer, and it’s gotten “a little” warmer, I keep reminding myself that “it can’t possibly be this cold on race day”, so I am trying to look forward to that.

Anne and Jose at their last long run before Boston. Photo courtesy of Jose Rivera.

When it comes to the fatigue, as any new parent will warn you, it comes with the territory of having a baby. Not just the physical fatigue (feeding the baby every 2 hours around the clock at the beginning), but mental fatigue as well (being a new parent and not having a clue about what you’re doing!).  Add in returning to work and managing the transition into a new house, and the thought of going out for an “easy run” at the end of the day seems impossible.  Even though the baby is sleeping more regularly, the runs have gotten longer, so there is never time to catch up.  The whole fatigue issue has turned into a mental endurance test, probably the toughest I’ve ever had to deal with, and again, I remind myself that “I can’t possibly be this tired and stressed on race day”, so again, I am trying to look forward to that.

Finally, I haven’t trained like I have in the past.  The other times I ran Boston I averaged between 40-60 miles per week; this year I am topping out at 30.  In the past I have been focused on time goals (breaking 4 hours), this year I am focused on finishing with a smile on my face.  Also, in years past I have run faster, but not healthier.  In 2008 there were ankle problems, 2009 a femoral stress fracture, 2010 featured a terrible sinus infection…all because I over trained and over did it and it never translated into an enjoyable race experience for me.

This year I am focused on the real reason I am running the race – to raise money and awareness for the National MS Society and to prove to myself that I am “back” in the game post-baby.  Not going to wear a watch.  Not going to push through the pain.  Just going to enjoy what is promised to be an amazing Boston Marathon.  Between the fans, the runners and the city backing this event, it is really going to be a special year, and I am honored to be a part of it and be a part of the Marathon Strides Against MS Team.  (And of course the Legion, can’t forget those guys).

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