Running Toward: Adjusting my Training Plans

This Spring was supposed to be an awesome time of building running mileage, getting Spartan ready for the summer and just all-around kicking life in the pants. Unfortunately, as is often the case, my superior plans haven’t quite gone as intended. Back around the end of February/beginning of March, I started feeling run-down, more fatigued and way less energy than normal. I figured it was me training a bit too hard and not giving myself some much needed recovery time.

Day by day, things just got worse. I needed to lie down every single day. Sometimes multiple times. I could barely get out of bed and walking up the stairs had my heart racing like crazy. I lost my appetite, weight and just felt plain awful. After some tests (some still ongoing and questions to be answered), we finally figured out that the main issue I was having (or at least the one we could address right away) was low iron. Reaaaaaaally low iron. So began the task of trying to level that out.

It’s been a few weeks now and I am feeling a lot better. But I won’t lie…I’m so frustrated. Weeks of lost training time, many steps backwards in strength and conditioning and not at all where I was hoping to be with summer nearly upon us. It’s been tough. I had plans and goals and now need to reevaluate them because I already know that I won’t be functioning in the capacity I was planning to be.

That said, I also haven’t given up either. It’s more of a refocus of effort and renaming of goals. Something I am no stranger to. And it’s also about rebuilding the strength I lost, which I’m already doing and the conditioning (which has been the toughest part because that is not my strong element to begin with) that I will need for race season.

I’m doing my best not to get down on myself because let’s face it, it doesn’t change anything and there’s not much I could have done to prevent it so it’s a matter of adjusting and just continuing to do what I can, when I can. There are still days where I feel very run down and tired and struggle to do my every day stuff but thankfully, those days are fewer and farther between.

Looking ahead, I can only hope that I can continue to get and feel better and that come race season, I can take it all in stride and be happy with whatever my outcome is. As someone who already struggles with confidence and self-image, this could end up being more challenging than it sounds but I’m not one to back down from a challenge!

2 thoughts on “Running Toward: Adjusting my Training Plans”

  1. Boy, can I relate. At the end of February / beginning of March my training took a hit because of unrelenting migraines. They’re better now but I’ve lost some conditioning and think it’s best to change my marathon goal to a half marathon. I’m both disappointed and at peace. He works all things for our good. 🙂 I hope that you continue to feel and get stronger each day!

    1. Thanks so much! I love that you said both disappointed and at peace because that’s such the truth of it all isn’t it? We have to release our plans which brings us sadness but the peace on the other side reassures us that in spite of the let down, it’s the right decision to make. Best of luck with the rest of your training and race, I hope it’s a joyful and exhilarating experience for you!

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