I have the post holiday blues. Good thing I have plenty of runs, vacation planning and party prep to keep that off my mind. Runs this week weren’t stellar and honestly I’m tired. My legs are exhausted and haven’t had a real break in a while. My coach isn’t tapering me and I’m worried I wont have fresh legs for next weekend…all the worries right now! Let’s talk training instead.
Tuesday: Rest day. My legs are like lead and need the break. Im also exhausted from all the Christmas festivities and being back at work. I’ll never complain about rest days. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Wednesday: Today’s run crashed and burned. My shin splints were getting crazy painful today so I cut the run in half. I did 10 minutes warm up and 15 minutes at 9:15 pace which was going fine except for the leg pain. Im too close to marathon time to be side-lined by shin splints. Im not sad about it though it was hot and humid today. And when I say hot I mean warmer than 70 degrees. Welcome to Houston 😛 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night plus icing the shins and bio-freeze before bed.
Thursday: Luckily all the decisions I made yesterday paid off. Plus the weather was slightly better which always helps. Did 4.8 miles with an average pace of 10:06. The intervals were 10min (9:44) pace and 1 min (about 16min pace). My legs were getting pretty tired at the end of the run so we shall see if I run or just walk tomorrow. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night with icing the shins and biofreeze for good measure. Feet up at work is always a good idea…if you can do it 🙂
Friday: scheduled 30 min run but I changed it to a 30 min walk. My legs are screaming at me for a break. The puppies loved the walk so it all worked out! 15 min stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses that night.
Saturday: 11 mile run modified down to 6. I’m struggling with giving my legs time of to recover this shin splint nonsense or doing what my coach says. I’m pretty annoyed with her these last few weeks and not communicating or giving advice on some issues I’ve sent her. In the end I decided having legs that are capable of running a marathon is better than pushing myself and getting a worse injury. 90 minute massage to really work on those legs.
Monday: Today should have been a 5 mile run but there was a crazy storm this morning complete with thunder, lighting and hail. So instead I got some more sleep and it was glorious. My calves are also crazy painful right now so it was probably for the best. 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses / icing that night.
CHIME IN!!! How was your New Year’s? How do you deal with calf pain? What’s your longest run this week?