“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration.” -Napoleon Hill.
This week marked Week 11 of training for the Hamilton Marathon. As I mentioned, I’ve been off running for the past week and a half due to a flare up in my left achilles. I ran three times this week for a total weekly mileage of 13K. For someone who is marathon training, this has been an adjustment both mentally and physically. To (somewhat) maintain my fitness and sanity, I’ve been on the stationary bike almost daily and have been living in compression socks. In addition to the rest, I’ve also had Graston applied and I am pleased to see some improvement as the week progressed.
Monday – 1 hour stationary bike.
Tuesday – 3K @ 5:38 in AM, 45 minute stationary bike in PM. Achilles felt OK on the run. I’ve been cleared to try 3-5K runs throughout the week.
Wednesday – 5K @ 5:16. Achilles felt great!
Thursday – 5K @ 5:55. After yesterday’s run, I figured this one would go as smoothly. Unfortunately not. My achilles flared up in the first kilometre and in the final two. The evening was spent googling ways to address achilles issues.
Friday – 1 hour stationary bike in AM, yoga in PM. The silver lining of this achilles issue is that it has made me realize how tight my legs are. I really need to do better with my stretching and conditioning routine. One way of achieving this is through yoga. Full disclosure, I’ve never considered myself a yoga person. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this class.
Saturday – 1 hour and 40 minutes on the stationary bike.
Sunday – Mental training: watching the women’s Olympic marathon.
Overall, my achilles is feeling much better. I am pain-free when walking (something I was not a week ago). I will slowly ease my way back into running next week. Remaining positive!
13 weeks until the Hamilton Road 2 Hope Marathon!