When I first came into this round of marathon training, I was only one year out from a broken foot. A foot that I had broken, not once, not twice, but three times. And not only had I had one surgery, but I had three surgeries. Right now a titanium screw holds the entire right side of my right foot together.
Running multiple days in a row has not been an option for this training cycle-up until now. As my strength and endurance has increased, I have wanted (notice the use of the word “want” as oppose to “need”) to up the anti with my training. I did just that last week.
- Thursday morning I ran an easy 5 miles to clear my head and collect my thoughts before a big meeting. I used to do this more regularly when teaching because I could plan out my day and my lesson plans and organize my thoughts. Grad school has made me a bit lazy. Now I enjoy waking up early, drinking coffee, and saturating in the noiseless matter of research.
- Friday I attempted 10 miles, but unfortunately I kept getting delayed leaving the house. The problem with Wyoming this time of year, is that you wake up and the temperature is 20 degrees. By the time the sun gets higher, the air gets warmer, and the wind starts howling. 50-60 mph howling. That is what I got caught in. I was suppose to do 10 at mgp, but I did 7 at 45 seconds faster than mpg when I realized I wasn’t having fun in that head wind (in fact I couldn’t hear myself think never mind keep trudging along) and headed home. Still a hard, fast, tempo run.
- Satuday-15 miles at 20 sec faster than mgp. Done and Done.
My legs were tired, undoubtedly, but my ankle and tendons in the foot with the hardware were bruised and swollen. A lot. I now require two days in a row off to allow the swelling to decrease in the foot and my body to recover.My limits have been met.
Stay tuned for my first giveaway tomorrow!
- What weather do you hate running in the most? Wind, wind, and more wind. I live in the wrong place then because it gets freaking windy here.
- How do you know when you are over trained or that your body needs a break?
- Do you take one or two days off for recovery during the week when training?