Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Silver Comet Half Training Week #11

Monday: My left calf and hamstring were feeling better after a day of rest, but I still had a lot of tightness in my foot after Saturday's misstep (I stepped down hard on uneven sidewalk mid-run). Decided one more day of rest wouldn't kill me and stuck to yoga for the day.
Planned: Easy 5 miles Actual: Light yoga
Tuesday: Was sad to miss the first strength workout of the training cycle as they were my favorites during last marathon training, but I wanted to give the foot/ankle a few easy miles before challenging it.
Planned: 6x1 mile  Actual: 5 miles (9:14/mile)
Loving the new lawn art in our area.
Wednesday: Felt a little residual tightness in my foot after Tuesday's run. Nothing that concerned me too much, but definitely something to keep an eye on before it progresses.
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Thursday: Shifted workouts around to have one more day of easy miles. While the foot/ankle are feeling much better, I did still have some tightness after Tuesday's workout and would like to see less before starting speed and pace workouts again.
Planned: 5 miles Tempo  Actual: 5 miles (9:14/mile)
Thanks for reminding me I need a shower, Monster. Real subtle.
Friday: Decided to give a pace work a try. My foot/ankle were feeling a lot better with only some stiffness while running. Didn't really effect me at all during the run and post run I didn't see any issues. A few rest days seem to have done the trick!
Planned: Easy 6 miles  Actual:7 miles (5@8:13/mile)
Matchy matchy for the second time in a week. Not sure what's up with that.
Saturday: Woke up feeling good and made up some easy miles. Still feeling a little tightness going uphill, but that make sense given how the injury came about.
Planned: Easy 5 miles  Actual: 6 miles (9:14/mile)
Sunday: A surprise family visit threw my day off a bit, but I managed to squeeze in a workout later that evening (in some impressive humidity). Ran (quite literally) into the Jayhawk at the end of my run and we finished the last 0.5 mile together.
Planned: 10 miles long run  Actual: 5.5 miles (9:11/mile)
Awesome new tiny library in our neighborhood.
All and all a little less mileage than I hoped for the week, but I am proud of myself for actually respecting my body and not just trying to run through the tightness I was feeling. It's never enjoyable to skip workouts, especially ones of importance, but I try to remind myself of my bigger goals.

How was your week? Do you ever take time off for tightness or soreness?


  1. Your compression socks are so cute, I have a thing about dots!
    You have some creative souls on your run route :) Is that a mailbox?? I love the metal art!
    It is good you took it easy. It is so hard to actually do it! I think you will be ready to roll race day.
    I can feel myself wanting to push a little more than I should at times. It comes in waves, sometimes, I will get on my bike and take a break when my feet need it and sometimes I just run anyway and hope it doesn't bit me LOL
    I have been very lazy about cross training the last few weeks when I probably should have stepped it up and stayed off my feet.

    1. No, it's tiny library where you can get a book, leave a book. Such a cute idea and it's in front of a 4th/5th grade school.

  2. My foot/ankle is being weird, but after giving it time off with no difference/improvement, I'm just running. But I've definitely taken time off, and it has been worth it!

    1. Agreed. It's totally injury dependent. Always nice when time off helps.


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