Mint’s Training Log – 9.21.14 – It’s Taper Time!

One of those red bad boys was giving me all sorts of trouble this week.
One of those red bad boys was giving me all sorts of trouble this week.

Going into this week, I was a bit concerned.  I was coming off a very hefty training week (both mileage and hard workouts) and had three monster workouts to get in.  It turns out that my concerns were valid and I made a dumb choice that almost upset my entire training season.  Good news was, it was just *almost.*

Monday is my rest day.

Tuesday I had strength intervals: 2 mile warm up; 3 x 2 miles @ 7:25 pace; .5 mile recoveries; 10+ minute cool down with 4 striders.  This was hard.  Really hard.  I struggled throughout the entire workout, but I got it done.  85 minutes / 10.55 miles.

Wednesday I had an hour easy on tap.  However, I was short on time, so I only ran 50 minutes.  I was also really tired and my legs were sore, so I allowed myself to run super easy and slow.  50 minutes / 5.4 miles / 9:26 pace.

Thursday I was scheduled for 90 minutes with 9 miles at goal race pace.  I was super tired, my legs were heavy and sore, and my resting heart rate were super high.  So I decided to swap Thursday and Friday’s workouts and run easy.  68 minutes / 7.55 miles / 9:04 pace.

Friday I checked my training schedule and saw my coach told me to take it easy today if my HR was still high and my legs were sore.  The key workout this week was my long run, not my marathon pace run.  But my legs felt a lot better and my resting HR was in a good place.  So I went for it.  I did a one mile warm-up, then started my goal race pace miles.  Again, it was hard and I couldn’t quite hit my goal paces.  I didn’t worry too much though and just ran by feel.  I know what goal race pace feels like, and I knew I was pretty beat up so I wasn’t going to worry about the exact pace.  I stopped a couple of times to rest and get water.  At mile 6ish, I started running hard again and noticed my R hamstring was really barky.  No problem – just 3 more miles.  I stopped again just after mile 7 and, again, it hurt when I started running again.  So I bagged the GMP workout at mile 8 and just ran the last 2 easy.  90 minutes /11 miles.  I was feeling all proud of myself for getting this workout done.  That was until about 3:00 in the afternoon.  I have a desk job and had been sitting for a couple hours straight.  I got up to refill my water and YEOUCH! my right piriformis/hamstring/something way up in there was screaming.  I limped to the break room and immediately knew I was stupid to have pushed through that workout.  #%@*$%@$.

Saturday I was scheduled for 30 minutes easy.  My butt felt like it was broken though.  I dug into the piriformis area with a small street hockey ball and that helped.  I determined I *could* run 30 minutes, but it would be more likely to do more harm than good for my Sunday long run.  So instead, I stretched and walked for 30 minutes easy.  I also cursed myself all day for being so dumb.

Sunday I was scheduled to run my last long run – 3hours, 20 minutes.  200.  Unfortunately, my entire right leg was barky.  My hamstring, piriformis, inner thigh, front shin and foot.  Dammit.  I decided to go out and just see how everything felt.  The first steps hurt and I was worried.  By .5 in, however, I felt okay.  I allowed myself just to run nice and easy.  I stopped at home at 5 to take a gel and evaluate.  I seemed okay, but sore.  From there, I knew 3 hours and 20 minutes was NOT going to happen.  My son ran with me for another 3 miles and then I hit the trail, determined to at least get 10 in.  I was practicing my fueling as most long runs this season I ran depleted.  But as I started down the trail, I was feeling much better.  I don’t know why, but I was.  I got home just before 15 miles and reevaluated again.  I actually felt fine.  So I took off for a little over 5 to get things done.  I got back at mile 20, and while I was tired, my leg actually hurt less than it did at the start.  Weird.  But I wasn’t going any further.  I always think it is risky going over 20 in training as it increases the risk of injury, etc.  I do it, but I wasn’t about to do it with a broken butt.  So 20 would have to do.  3 hours, 6 minutes / 20.1 / 9:18 pace.

After my run, I took an ice bath and then a hot shower.  Oddly enough, my legs felt pretty good and my piriformis was not barking at all.  Fingers crossed that I feel good tomorrow.  I am definitely going to stop using the Brooks Pure Cadence for my uptempo work.  I think that is – at least in part – the culprit.

Total: 8 hours – 54.5 miles


Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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