MCM Training | Derailed

My ER dream team - made me smile despite the gash in my lip!

My ER dream team – made me smile despite the gash in my lip!

Just when my training should’ve hit its peak before the “taper crazies” set in, life threw a wicked curve ball at me.

I haven’t run since Sunday.

A dog bite and eight stitches in my lip later, my fingers (and toes!) are crossed that come this weekend, the train will get back on the tracks for the final three weeks before Marine Corps.

Up until Sunday’s not terribly dramatic (but still unfortunate) incident, I’ve been feeling fresh, fit and ready to get after a PR on race day. Highlights? I turned my cut-back weekend 10-miler into a perfect progression run that felt awesome. I successfully completed my first Yasso 800s with David, who’s shooting for his BQ of 3:25 (I would be THRILLED to run that time at MCM!). And I pushed through nasty tummy issues in the final four-ish miles of Sunday’s 16-miler, dropping down to goal race pace despite feeling like I was going to s*** myself. (I’ve also been able to up my weights at the gym and can now do about eight real push-ups – I’m so excited to see some progress in that department!)

That paragraph of good news is a huge reason why I’m not freaking out that much about missing three days of running. I’m much more concerned about letting my lip heal properly than getting a few runs in. I know the rest can only help. At this point, the hay is in the barn, right? I’ve told friends this advice before, so I’m trying to take a dose of my own medicine (along with some horse-pill-sized antibiotics) this week.

I’d say the worst part is that I’m starting to get antsy because I just don’t feel like myself when I’m not sweating it out on the roads. BUT…I’m staying focused on the positives. It could’ve been much worse. It could’ve happened closer to race day. The list goes on… I’m so thankful that, despite it being a sucky experience, I’ll be back in business soon (and that I won’t look like the Joker at the RW Half or MCM. Booyah!)

QUOTE OF THE POST:  “To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.” – Amby Burfoot

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  1. Oh No! So sorry to hear you were bit by a dog! Hope that your lip heals up soon. At least you are able to take a little rest before getting into your taper.

    • Me too! Getting better by the day and I’ll be a happy camper when the stitches come out.=) But yes! Rest is good! Thank you!

  2. Glad you are okay and it wasn’t worse.

    I love how positive you are staying. You are right though, 3 days isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, and you have had an awesome training cycle so far and it’s not over yet! Way to keep your chin up and focus on the good things!!!! Sending positive vibes your way for speedy healing!

  3. Oh no!!! Scary stuff getting bit by a dog! Take care of yourself no your training runs sound great!!
    @thegirlwhoraneverywhere.com

  4. Did my first Yasso 800 workout today…I’m beat! Good luck at the race!

  5. OUCH! Hope the lip heals quickly! Seems like you are still in a great spot in your training for MCM though.

  6. Hi Megan, Sorry to hear you are going to miss it. I am running as the first post FDA bronchial thermoplasty patient for asthma and raising money for kids w/ asthma.

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