Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations


Hello RTRE Blog Reader!

I left off with my first blog telling you a little bit about myself and where I am now in my running career but I want to back track just a little in this blog so you have a better understanding of where I am now in my training. It will all make sense in a moment!

I ran the Chicago Marathon last fall and took a couple weeks to recoup. I gradually got back into running but wasn’t really feeling myself. I attributed it to just having done my first marathon and maybe my body just needed a little more time.

As the days went by, I just wasn’t recovering, I almost felt less recovered if that’s possible. I was exhausted all the time. Didn’t have energy and I was walk/running 3 miles. My weight, which was always incredibly consistent and controlled at about 120lbs give or take a couple would fluctuate from 122-130 in a weeks time. Doctor after doctor couldn’t figure it out, and I got some seriously weird diagnosis’ from doctors that I just couldn’t believe which would lead me to another doctor who would say I was fine. I switched from trying to run longer miles to doing super short track workouts that I was able to handle without taxing my body too much. Finally, after months of this, I found a team out in Princeton, NJ that seemed to be on the right track with me. Turns out, my insides were pretty messed up with higher than normal bacteria levels and extremely low vitamin B12 levels. I had read that long distance running really depletes B12, but I didn’t realize how low mine were and how much it affected me until I was tested and put on a supplement. I am now on a liquid form every day and feeling much, much better and running better! I am still on a rather large protocol of natural supplements but I am getting my body back in order, definitely training better and more consistently which is key.

Flash forward to a recent workout I ran 2 x 3 mile. First 3 miles at 7 minute pace, second 3 miles at 6:45 pace. I went through the first 3 6:56, 7:01, 7:00 but I wasn’t feeling super great. It wasn’t a struggle but it wasn’t easy. Honestly, I was a little worried about the second set so rather than head home the way I went out, I decided to swing by the track towards the end of mile 1 in hopes of getting in a good rhythm. First mile was 6:43, second mile 6:23, third mile 6:17. I walked off the track thinking two things…”wow that felt incredibly easy for some reason and I just screwed up the entire workout.” So while it was a great workout for myself and a great mental boost, I should have stuck to the workout plan. I should have run 6:45 and I look back wondering if it would have felt incredibly easy. Hindsight is 20/20 and it was a good lesson for myself. I won’t do that again because I know it can have a snowball effect. Maybe if I ran it smarter, I would have been able to push a little harder on Thursdays workout.

All of our runs have a snowball effect. A run may not seem like much today but over time, that run, plus all the other ones are what get you to where you are or where you want to be. Even though we may go off plan every so often just because we are human and make mistakes, learn from them and do your best to train intelligently and stick to the plan!

Boston, here I come!

-Caitlin


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