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There is always a fear, I am going to hit that wall...my breaking point...and end up in a fractured state again. It has been about 8 months since I was diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture, and I would love to leave it behind me, but the fact is I can still feel that spot. It is a very specific pinch, it doesn't usually linger, like it did when I first returned to running, but intermittently I feel it, especially this week.
My legs were worn out by Friday, I took the whole weekend off running. It has been rainy here since Friday, so it was pretty easy to sleep in some :)
|Monday a.m.||10K run, walked a mile, ran 1 more mile|
|Monday p.m.||Cycling 6.55 mi legs lifts & lots of stretching|
|Tuesday p.m.||Treadmill warm up & 75 min. upper body weight training|
|Wednesday a.m.||Bus loop speed work 4.6 mi & stretching|
|Thursday a.m.||4.1 mi run|
|Thursday p.m.||Cycling 6.4 mi & 50 min. weight training back and core|
|Friday a.m.||8 mi run, 1.50 mi walk & stretching|
|Saturday a.m.||Treadmill incline walk 2 mi & 70 min. weight training legs & upper|
Bus loop speed work was fun for hump day (sorry I shared this last post)
My Thursday run wasn't so bad
Drop back weeks
Run Buddy and I joined the half marathon training team at a novice level. I was happy to add slowly to my long runs, however, the weekly mileage was so low, I wasn't that excited about following the whole plan.
The plan started with mileage at 12, 13, 14, 15, drop back 13,16, 18, etc...
Twenty four miles is the highest mileage week on our plan. The peak is two weeks out from race day.
I felt it was important to make the shift to running more back to back days, to get my legs used to pushing through tired again. I tossed and turned at night wondering if I should go with the novice build up...but you know, I love running and dropping back to 12, 13 miles a week was not that appealing. I posted last week my training mileage has hovered between 18 to 22 miles. Obviously, my love of running won out over good sense. I basically did my own thing during the week, and stuck with a slow build for long runs.
Week 1 - 20.75
Week 2 - 20.30
Week 3 - 20
Week 4 - 24.70
Week 5 - 19
Week 6 - 18.95
Week 7 - 22
Week 8 - 23.94 (that drives me crazy)
Week 9 - in progress :)
Week 9 - in progress :)
This was the first week I experienced so much fatigue and soreness. Honestly, it was easy to take this weekend off.
This upcoming week my plan is a drop back week.
Runs - 3, 4, 3 and 5 miles for the "long run". Just 15 miles for the whole week...
I am feeling I should embrace it, but I really don't want to...
Normally, I would add more miles to my daily runs. Embracing the drop back means breaking my 10K streak...18 weeks strong :( Seriously, it's going to hurt my ♥ heart a little to do it...
I also have a personal goal of a 1,000 miles for this year. I am behind of course, because I had about 6 weeks off running, so it is a really hard decision to drop my mileage.
Sometimes I scratch my head and wonder, is 15 miles really so much less impact on my legs than 20 miles for the week?
What do you think?
Break the 10K streak? Follow the plan for once? What would you do?
Do you embrace drop back weeks?
Do you love sleeping in on rainy days?