If you had asked me 2 weeks ago as I lay immobile on the sofa, if I was still on for running my first full marathon in March, I would have hit you with the Ben-Gay.
After a plantar fasciitis flare-up in early October and then a back attack 2 weeks later, I was feeling pretty dismal about the possibility of being able to train for and compete in a 42.2km running event. But I didn’t give up. I started back with a few easy runs last week. Then I super carefully pushed a bit harder this week and found that, despite the set-backs, I am still able to easily and joyfully run a one-hour 10K. I haven’t lost very much. I can still do this.
I printed out the training plan I’m going to follow, translated the miles into kilometers, and plugged the schedule into my appointment calendar. The training plan is for 18 weeks and presumes a starting base of the ability to run about 25K per week. I have 21 weeks until my race and am pretty much already at base level. SO, assuming no more calamity, pupupu, I should be good to go!
This week’s training went down as follows:
Sunday, October 30, 2011: Walked 1 hour + light strength training full body
Monday, October 31, 2011: Ran 9.5K in 70 minutes
Tuesday, October 1, 2011: Rest
Wednesday, October 2, 2011: Spinning 60 minutes + abs only
Thursday, October 3, 2011: Rest
Friday, October 4, 2011: 10.5K in 59 minutes
Training Chow: Lots and lots of Red Lentil Hummus, Oatmeal, Green Smoothies, Roasted Veggies and Polenta
Training Song of the week: I prefer the Glee version, but would rather not be sued, so here’s Beyonce. Can you imagine what it must be like to be a girl growing up during a time when songs like “Girls Run the World” are played on the radio? Even though Beyonce’s version of running the world involves skimpy outfits, gyrations, and high heels, still, we’ve come a long way baby! (Email subscribers need to click the post title to watch videos on the blog itself)