Week 2 – DONE

I’m pretty happy with how training went this week. 3, 2, 3, and 4.

Day one got done even though our good friends were having beer by the fire and I had to run past them at the very start of my run. Knowing they were waiting on me made me push it a little more. That little push also made it harder than usual, but I did my own version of the Galloway method it and made it. (Ran the 1st mile, and did a couple of .10 mile walks the last 2 miles.) If you aren’t familiar with Jeff Galloway and his run/walk method you should check it out.

Day two should have been 3 miles, but I just wasn’t feeling it while out running. I cut it short, and felt a little guilty when I got home because I knew I could have made it.

Day three I was taped and ready. Those miles were the best last weekday run I’ve had in a while. Typically, I find my last run of the week to be the hardest physically and mentally. Add to the usual challenges the change in what days I run, every other to back to back, and the last day is usually even harder.

Day four’s four miles felt wonderful and I even had negative splits. The splits weren’t huge, but even seconds count, right?

The last two days were on the treadmill because it’s warming up quite a bit. While treadmill running is dull and boring it does help me keep a steady pace and a faster pace than outside. I passed the time today by starting a miniseries on Netflix. It really helped make the time pass more quickly and now I think I need someone to drive in front of me with a big screen tv when I do my 20 mile run.

Another positive from the week is my left hip pain has decreased significantly. I started thinking my SI joint pain was possibly glute and/or ITB related. I taped my glute and ITB and had very little pain. Not sure if it was the tape or my body getting used to the training. I did notice, late in the week, I often pop my left hip out when I’m standing or giving a massage. I’m wondering if this plays into my issues to and will be conscientous of trying not to do it.

Next week…3, 3, 3, 5. This will be my last week of “pre-plan training” and I’ll officially start following Hal Higdon’s novice 1 marathon training plan.

Week 2 of pre-plan training

My plan for the week is to do 3 miles on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 4 over the weekend. Working on adjusting to running back-to-back days again, and an increase in distance.

My SI joint, left glute, and ITB have been bothering me, after running, for the past few weeks. As the week progresses it gets worse, and then improves with a few days of rest. Hopefully, it’s just the increase in intensity, and distance, and will stop as my body adjusts, but I’m concerned it will continue throughout training. I use my foam roller, and pinky ball after runs, and have added ice, a cold bath with epsom salt, and kt tape. I know I need to reincorporate more strength, particularly core, work to help minimize the pain I feel in these areas. If you have any tips please leave me a comment.

Here is a pinky ball:
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Big decisions week

I did it, this week I decided to stop just thinking about a marathon and I started training for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November. Hoping Hal’s 18 week plan is the right one. I have a few extra weeks and I’m thankful for that. I’ve been running every other day and the plan has me running back to back days. I’ve done it, that’s how the plan was when I did the mini, but getting back into that is hard. I knew it would be. The 1st week’s long run goes straight to 6 weeks, but I’m going to take the extra weeks to work up to that. So, this weekend will be 3 or 4 miles.

On top of the marathon decision I registered for runDisney’s Glass Slipper Challenge, 10k with the Princess Half Marathon the next day. I get to do this with a good friend and I’m really excited. We are both in similar places with our running. I’ve been an on and off runner for years. I started with 5k races about 10 years ago. Stopped and started again due to foot surgery, a baby, and honestly laziness. Then, did a couple of 1/2 marathons in 2011. Surgery and laziness struck again, but I’m back at it and I’m determined to not let the laziness get me again.

I’m excited, but nervous about my goals. I know I can achieve them, but I know it will take hard work, determination, and some pain. Follow me, and check back as I blog about training, races, and life.