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.