The time off was just what I needed and I now feel rejuvenated and excited to start my next training cycle which will help me cross off two more goals off my 2012 list - a new marathon PR and trail running - specifically the Morgan Hill Marathon and the Northface Endurance Challenge Marathon (at least the half - more on this later).
A few other fall events include my favorite cycling event of the year - Levi's Gran Fondo and Foxy's Fall Century.
Training officially started two weeks ago and is going to be a mix of road running, speed work and trail runs. After being sidelined from long distance running the past two years I am really looking forward to long runs.
Week 1: August 6 - 12
Monday: 6 mile run (trail)
While chatting with Aron during SFM I mentioned my interest in getting into trail running and she offered to take me out. We met up after work and enjoyed a fun run along a beautiful trail in Oakland. We talked all things running and I had a great time exploring something new. In fact, on my drive home I even contemplated scrapping my plans for a road marathon to focus solely on trail running. I look forward to many more miles spent exploring the local trails!
6 miles/1:22/13:43 avg
Wednesday: 6 miles (speed)
The plan I created includes one speed or tempo run a week. The temps were in the high 90s this week so I headed to the treadmill for this run. 6 miles total - 4 at 8:51. The last of the 4 was definitely a struggle but with the help of my current power strong I was able to push through.
6 miles/56 minutes/9:20 avg
Friday: 5 miles (easy)
An easy 5 miles.
5 miles/52 minutes/10:22 avg
Saturday: 8 miles (10 scheduled)
When K left at 5:30 am for a golf tournament I set my alarm for 6:00 am to get in my run before the heat. Too bad I set it for 6:00 pm. When I opened my eyes next it was 9:00 am - yikes!
I spent my morning and most of my afternoon working (blah) and finally finished around 3:30. Mentally exhausted and with temps in the triple digits running was not looking appealing but I headed for the gym and was able to zone out to some bad TLC shows for 8 miles. Yes, 10 was scheduled but there are only so many episodes of Toddlers & Tiaras one can take. I was happy with my 8.
8 miles/1:23/10:22 avg
Total: 25 miles
Week 2: August 13 - 19
Monday: 5 miles (easy)
This run started off great and then around mile 3 my knee started to throb. Mile 4 and 5 were no better. A quick search revealed all the classic signs of an angry IT band. My first thought was "seriously, what the . . . !!! Can I not run without something hurting?!?" Having suffered the consequences of running through pain before and decided this was only week 2 - better to back off and take care of it now then to push through and be sidelined later on. I decided to scale back my planned mileage for the week and commit to foam rolling twice a day with ice + using the stick at work every three hours.
5 miles/52 minutes/10:18 avg
Thursday: 2 miles (easy)
I was hooked up to a heart monitor for 48 hours for some testing (totally precautionary) and my doctor wanted me to continue with my activities as usual. I was turning it in this morning and needed to get a run at least so it would read my heart rate during exercise so I set out on a 2 mile run. No knee pain! Hopefully this means all my IT band needed was a little extra TLC.
2 miles/20 minutes/10:00 avg
|These things were incredibly itchy for 2 days!|
Friday: 2 miles (easy)
Another easy 2 to test the knee. It passed.
2 miles/20 minutes/10:00 avg
Sunday: Tour of Napa Metric Century
Enjoyed a fun day in the wine country on my bike - full re-cap to come.
67.75 miles/4:56/13.7 mph avg
|Photo courtesy of Samantha|
Running: 9 miles
Cycling: 67. 75 miles
Hopefully my IT is back to normal as I plan on jumping back into my regularly scheduled training this week. I am also excited my spinning instructor will be back from vacation. I tried going to class once but the subs, while nice, just aren't the same I got incredibly bored.
Fingers crossed for a healthy week 3!