Assuming injury recovery goes well, the training plan I’ll use for the Chicago Marathon calls for rest days on Wednesdays instead of Mondays (or Sundays depending on which day of the weekend the long run is placed) like most plans which leaves me with a bit of a conundrum. Which day of the week should I post my workouts?
I prefer to post them on Sundays because I know some readers find workout posts boring (others have told me that they enjoy them) and while I could continue to post on Sundays and indicate that Wednesdays were rest days, I really prefer to see a training week in its entirety rather than as two half weeks (am I explaining this okay?). I think for now I’m going to post my workouts/training on Wednesdays and see how it goes. If I dislike it, I’ll reevaluate and most likely go back to Sunday posts. Thoughts?
I’m still building up my mileage post-injury and after taking a two-ish week off from high intensity workouts. To give you an idea of how it’s going, last week I ran 22.6 miles and swam 1.14 miles and the week before that I ran 6.32 miles, swam a little over 2 miles, cycled for 40 minutes, and ellipticaled 4.5 miles. To be honest the break has been really nice and just what I needed after two back-to-back training cycles. I’m also not completely injury free. My adductor still gives me trouble most days but not while I run. My PT told me that adductor strains take a while to heal so I’m not too surprised.
So here’s this week-
Wednesday – OFF
Thursday – AM: 6.12 miles (average pace- 8:58 min/mile). I started doing a dynamic warm up recommended by my PT and could feel the difference on my run. Both of my legs felt loose and fresh, I like it. I’m still doing a combination of running and walking to help keep an eye on my form and kept my intervals to 6 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking.
I also went to physical therapy after work.
Friday – 5.1 miles (average pace – 9:12 min/mile). I was feeling really sore after my PT had me doing running drills on Thursday night, so I kept my pace slow and had a “recovery run” of sorts. I also tried some kinesio tape for the first time and I noticed other muscles in my leg were sore later in the day. Could this have been related? I continued running with intervals: 6 minutes running, 1 minute walking.
Saturday – 6 miles (average pace- 9:20 min/mile). I was so happy to get down to the lakefront path but I had a really rough run. I was sore and stiff, my legs didn’t want to move, and I started to look forward to my minute of walking. I also began to question that I might be upping my mileage too quickly decided to play the next few days by feel, running longer or shorter depending on how sore my legs were.
Sunday – 7.2 miles (average pace – 8:30). Had a great run (such a surprise after Saturday) even after increasing my intervals to 7 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking. It was beautiful outside and I felt the best I have in a while.
Monday – 4.2 miles (average pace – 8:13 min/mile). I was planning on running a slower “recovery run” but I felt good enough to run at a comfortable pace. I even started to feel almost normal but I think it had more to do with the fact that I pushed my intervals to 8 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking.
Tuesday – 5 miles (average pace – 8:53 min/mile). My legs didn’t want to move and I woke up stiff after a bad night of sleep. Thankfully, my legs loosened up by mile 3 and then I felt normal for the last two miles. I alternated 8 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking.
I also went to physical therapy after work.
Total mileage – 33.62 miles
I’m a little under “ideal” mileage going into marathon training but I’d rather be safe now than sorry later. I also know I have a strong base and so long as I am injury free and listen to my body (the hardest part), I’m fairly confident that I can jump into training with only a few modifications (most likely less speed work or none at all to start). I’m running the Chicago Marathon more for the experience than time (because the last time I ran the Chicago Marathon it was too hot to have fun) so I’m just looking to complete the race in some capacity (although I’d like to have a strong training cycle under my belt).
Ian and I are traveling to Denver this weekend for vacation and running is not going to be a priority Friday-Monday. If I get in a run, that’s great, but if I don’t I’m fine with that. I’m looking at this weekend to be one last break from running for my adductor to hopefully continue to heal without the added stress of pounding the pavement every day. Plus, I plan on Ian and I doing plenty of hiking and exploring so I’m sure I’ll be getting in “workouts” in some form.
Do you work out on vacation? I usually do but this weekend just seems like a good time to take a mini-break