I am SO. VERY. TIRED. And this doesn’t bode well considering I’m only four weeks into the Hanson’s marathon training plan!
One of the foundational principles of the Hanson’s method is cumulative fatigue. And being the overachiever that I am, I seem to have PRed in the fatigue category, managing to accumulate a wee bit too much in the earliest and easiest stage of the plan. I did better this week compared to the week before in all the quality runs (track and tempo), hitting the target paces and distances. But by Sunday morning when the alarm went off, I was so spent. I shuffled through a miserable 7 miles, telling myself that feeling like crap is all part of the plan. Running six days a week is going to mean running when I’m tired, twingy, sore, grumpy, groggy and plagued with an acute case of I-don’t-wanna-itis.
My left hip (the not-yet-fixed one) started bothering me late in the week, and was really hurting by Sunday’s run. I iced and stretched, which helped a little bit. Only time will tell whether it will hold up to complete the training. I admit I was really discouraged by the level of flare up I felt on Sunday. But I’ve trained through the pain before (with the right hip during my Boston Marathon build-up), and if need be, I’ll do it again.
The weather this week was gorgeous, and I did get to enjoy my off-day to the fullest with a beautiful hike through Arctic Valley with the kids and some friends. I also had a brief encounter with a bull moose during my tempo run, which was……interesting. If ever there is a legit reason to pause a tempo run, it would be because Bullwinkle decides to dart across your path about 50 yards out. I just wish it was at mile five when I desperately wanted to stop and not at mile one when I was just starting to get into a good flow!
Monday -8 miles, track. Two mile warm up with drills, 6x 800m @ 3:35 goal, jog 400m recovery: 3:24, 3:31, 3:29, 3:31, 3:33, 3:36 , 1.5 mile CD. Felt pretty decent considering I came into this with worn out legs. I expected to struggle through the 800s given the 600s at a similar pace were a bit of a struggle last week. While it was by no means easy, I surprised myself to find it was manageable, maybe even more so than the 600s.
Tuesday- 6 miles, easy. Ran with my good friend, great recovery run.
Wednesday- Off. Had a PT session in the morning to work on my non-op hip. My post-op hip (right) was really guarded/ tight so he worked on that hip as well and it really helped with the stiffness I didn’t even realize was there. After PT, I hiked with the kids and some friends. About 2 miles out (1450 ft ascent) and 2 miles back, not very steep, so made it back without my quads hurting from the downhill.
Thursday- 10 miles, tempo. Two mile warm-up, and then started the tempo feeling pretty darn good. Splits were: 7:53, 8:01, 7:50, 8:09, 8:00, 8:00. Stopped at mile 3 to rest for 30 seconds. Felt much stronger than last week’s tempo where I only managed to do 5 miles. Beat yesterday by a mile! Still was a struggle, especially the last 3 miles. But I am seeing noticeable improvement from where I started, which is pretty much the only direction to go given I haven’t done any tempo work in 16 months.
Friday- 6 miles, easy.
Saturday- 8 miles, easy. Beautiful easy run while my son was at soccer. Happened to be close to the Mayor’s half marathon course (about an hour before it started) so ran along the course for a bit and could feel the pre-race energy!
Sunday- 7 miles, easy. Except not. Not even remotely easy. Hip was sore, and mentally I was just cooked. But got it done.
Total – 45 miles (highest mileage since surgery!)