Welcome to check-in #4!
(More information on the Happy Runner Half Marathon Challenge can be found HERE)
Some weeks are just better than others. And, on the other hand, some are worse. Last week was, well, worse. Not terrible, just not as good as my weeks had been going.
I had a sore hamstring all week. NOT at all what I want at this point in my training. But, that's life and so I'm dealing with it. I had to cut my midweek 6 mile run short (by a lot) and I skipped my Friday run. I also iced like crazy and rolled out the sore muscle and stretched well. The upshot? My long run felt GREAT and I made up Friday's run on Sunday and that felt really good, too!
Now, the hammie is mostly feeling OK but I'm going to keep on icing, rolling and stretching to keep it that way.
I also have to admit that my lack of sleep is really starting to catch up with me. I'm glad last week was a cut-back week because I wouldn't have been able to survive an increase in mileage. This week? Well, we'll see. I think that the extra rest I had last week will serve me well for the increases planned for the next few weeks.
Anyway, here's what I had planned to run / what I ran
Mon: 4.5 easy / Close: 3.25 easy
Tues: rest / Done!
Wed: 6 miles w/4 @ tempo / Nope: I had to stop at 2.25 because my hammie was just too tight/sore.
Thurs: rest /yup
Fri: 4 miles easy / Nope: Took an extra rest day.
Sat: 6.5 mile long run / Done! Ran outside and felt terrific. My hamstring didn't bother me a bit!
Sun: rest / Nope: Ran 4 miles outside and, again, felt great.
Total mileage: 21 / 15.7
C'est la vie. I can't worry that my week didn't go entirely as planned. I still worked hard and, more important, I listened to my body and gave it what it needed.
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Now, some questions from a reader!! Can you help?
As a newbie half marathoner, I have a few questions:
1)How soon can I do another? I trained for the lst one for 12 wks. I'm thinking of doing a 2nd on Apr 23 which gives me a 2 wk break before 12 wk training.
2) How do I avoid injury? My friend ran a half in Oct and then trained for another Jan 16 & wound up running it with a hip stress fracture.
3) Is training for 2nd hm different from the first? I know I can now so I will probably want to do more than just finish.
Share your knowledge -- please :-)
How's your training going? Are you staying motivated during these wintry months?
I have to say that I am super glad that I am training for this half marathon because having a big goal is making me stick to my plan and get out and run when I am supposed to. Quite a feat with the weather we've been having in upstate New York!
Have a great week, everyone. Happy running!
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Welcome to check-in #4!