Marathon Training: 6 weeks out

The marathon is approaching faster than I’d like it to.  I’ll be honest with you, this has been tough trying to get ready for this.  I find myself doing everything but training in many cases.  Trying to manage all the roles I have in my life is difficult.  As a parent, you want to be there for your kids.  As a business owner, you must take time to go through all the things you need to make it successful.  As a husband, it is important to make your wife a priority and that sometimes means making things like laundry, dishes, cleaning the house, etc. a priority.  Add into the fact that it gets dark at 6 pm and the only time to run is between 7-9 pm on most days and your runs take at least an hour, you could see how training has been difficult.

In spite of all this, I am somewhat okay with my progression thus far.  Two weeks ago I managed to run 15 miles.  Now this may not sound like an accomplishment, but fora sprinter, this is phenomenal.  I did suffer a setback this weekend unfortunately.  I was doing some work in the garage and stepped off the ledge slightly wrong causing a mild sprain of my ankle.  While it doesn’t seem like a big deal, the following day I was supposed to run 17 miles, but after 5 I noticed some calf cramping which I believe to be the problem of altered biomechanics due to the ankle sprain.  In order to avoid further injury, I did stop what I was doing so that I can hopefully get back on schedule this week.  I am using ultrasound, myofascial work, and kinesiotaping on my calves and ankles to make sure I can continue along with this journey.

That’s it for me for now.  Hope you all continue to have a blessed new year!.

Yours in Health,

Dr. James Ashley, DC

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