I actually started my marathon training 3 weeks ago. To get extra prepared, I decided to run the first three weeks of the training program before I officially started training (18 weeks before the race). Those three weeks went really well. I hit (well, exceeded) my marathon-pace runs and had no trouble with the 8- and 9-mile long runs. I did some hill repeats and some 800s on the track. Everything was perfect. But maybe it was a little too perfect. I wonder now if running too fast on some of my runs brought on the latest round of fatigue. I wonder if I'm especially susceptible to overtraining because I have MS. I'm sure it sounds ridiculous to consider that I'm overtraining on 25 miles a week, but sometimes I think that's how MS affects me.
In case you haven't already written me off as a complete whack job, as of today I've been off gluten and dairy (and meat and eggs) for four weeks. At first I thought I felt better, but now I'm not so sure. I crave bread and pizza and "easy" food like YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE, and instead of making me feel "cleaner", I just feel hungry all the time. Even when I get enough calories, I still feel starved because I can't eat things that make me feel full (like bread, bread, and bread). I promised myself I would do the no dairy / gluten thing for 6 months, to see if it would improve my MS. In general I don't have a lot of MS symptoms, but I've had more fatigue over the past couple of years, so I thought improving my diet would help. People say it can take 6 months or more to see a difference. Because I'm vegetarian, I haven't given up legumes, which all the paleo-MS people say are also bad. So maybe I'm not doing enough. Or maybe I'm doing too much and I should just eat what I want? After all, I wasn't doing too badly before. I ran a marathon! Why must I have such complex food issues?
I'm still having a tough time with shoes, so look for more whiny shoe chronicles ahead! I think both pairs of Ravennas are shot, and I'm not going to buy more because they only last about 200 miles before I start getting aches and pains. My old Brooks Trance shoes seem to be working for me at the moment. I love my PureCadence for the track, but they seem to aggravate my posterior tib (PT) tendon when I wear them on the road. And I recently bought a pair of Hoka Stinsons, which seemed really promising at first, but now I think they're munging up my hip so I'm taking them back. Footwear suggestions welcome!
Here's a summary of my training so for for Disney:
Week -2: 25 miles, 5 runs (including 5@8:35 and 8LSD)
Week -1: 27 miles, 5 runs (9 LSD)
Week 0: 24 miles, 5 runs (cutback week, including 5@8:44)
Week 1: 17 miles, 4 runs (skipped hill repeats and bagged long run, ran 5@8:39)
Last time I started training for a marathon, I never would have tolerated such crap in Week 1. I would have killed myself to get the training absolutely perfect. But this time I am a little more relaxed about it all. Plus, I just finished three weeks of great training. I hope next week will be better, and I'm not going to let this crappy week knock me off course.