The Frustration of Not Training

As I’ve just shared, training in winter has given me a purpose that I’ve hereto lacked. It’s also made the season fly past in a flurry of long runs, tempo runs, recovery runs…you get the idea.


But then I got injured. I took one week of complete rest, with some gentle cross training. And then I got sick. There was a virus going round the office which I have now succumbed to.  I honestly don’t know what to do with myself, and it’s almost like I’ve forgotten that I’m supposed to be running a marathon.

In the plan, this week’s long run was supposed to be 20 miles, but I was a week behind thanks to injury, and decided to settle with 18- either making that my peak week, or doing 20 the next week and cutting my taper a few days short.

But now? Now I’m sick, I genuinely don’t think anything over 6 miles is happening (if that) and it’s making me go crazy. I wanted to get to race day with at least 18 miles under my belt even if purely for mental confidence and not freaking the fuck out.

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Seriously, what should I do?

Lots of love,




18 thoughts on “The Frustration of Not Training”

  1. Go with the 6 miles (but on a loop) see how you feel while running, add a few miles of you feel up to it, but don’t freak out and don’t push yourself too hard. When is your race?


  2. it is so frustrating, i’ve gone through this on a couple of training cycles and you can only go out and do what you can…i would definitely go out though, maybe your feeling it after a couple miles and get in a decent run, but if you have to bail on it, a couple miles won’t hurt…give it a try and see what happens…if its not there, go long next weekend. Good luck and stay positive.

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  3. You’ve done loads of miles and sessions, it’s all banked, your body is prepared. The mileage milestone is in your head, do what you can, ride out the rough spots.


  4. I’m sure that your previous miles under foot will stand you in good stead for the race, regardless of your status just now. Run your race and be thankful when you cross the finish line. Does time actually matter?
    It’s a hard pill to swallow and you have to rationalise it all afterwards. Ultimately, enjoy the race.
    I’m saying this as I did an ultra last week and have an injured right knee. I have tried to run a 40 miler today but managed to do 17.5 instead as knee was getting tired again. Although a little disappointing not to do what I set out to do, I’m happy that the sensible head says stop.
    I’m also running another race in two weeks (55miles) and will just rest for the next week with no running. Not my ideal but… Shi* happens.
    Be happy in yourself and don’t sweat it. However, still not sure if a week off running will melt my brain.
    Best of luck Pip


  5. I’m curious to know what you ended up doing. I agree with JD … that mileage is in your head. I don’t recommend cutting short your taper to try to squeeze in a 20 miler – that run is mental more than physical. The most physical thing it would do is wear out your legs and delay recovery for the marathon. Better to have fresh legs for the race. Time doesn’t matter for your first marathon, just enjoy the race because you only get one first marathon!


  6. As a rule, 10% under trained is better than 1% over trained. But if you are getting desperate for big miles (and you are not going to kill yourself or your racing plan) then you could try some double day runs – say 6miles in the morning followed by a slower 6 miles in the evening. It is a strategy I sometimes employ when my time is short but my miles need to be long. As long as you do both runs within 12 hours of each other you will get the benefits of experiencing running while fatigued. – True it does not recreate that feeling one gets at mile 18 – or even mile 22. But even the most ‘race condition’ training run is not going to recreate your feeling on the day. Just don’t overdo it and I hope you feel better soon.


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