Running Injury Free… Hopefully

Good Morning!

Mine started off with a great sweat session!

Workout:

6 miles on the bike

3 miles of hill training (30:00)– I used this workout

That hill workout is probably my favorite, when I start going longer on the hills I will just repeat it as many times as needed.

The past two days I have been off work, which was really nice. Today I go back in, I think I will be learning about New Balance shoes today. Blah.

On my run this morning I just felt really blah, I typically don’t have a hill workout right after a speed session, I’m not sure what my brain was thinking when I made my training schedule! I have to tweak a few things, my legs were really heavy and had no desire to want move quickly at a 6% incline!

I’m also starting to think that I need to add another rest day to my rotation. When I was training for the marathon I realized that I needed two rest days, I would be putting in 30-45 miles a week, and one rest day was not going to cut it. I thought I would only need one day to rest while training for this 1/2, but I realize that I’m training to PR, not to just run it. I am doing a lot of cross training after runs, and weight lifting and my body is just sore and tired a lot!

When I was marathon training, I never had a training plan. I know right. But honestly I think that I did as well as I did because I was not following a plan, and I just stuck to what my body thought would be best.

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I have an intense fear that I will get injured for some reason. I think because back in 2010 I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon, The Flying Pig, literally a month before the race, my knee just couldn’t take it. I had to drop out and it was the worst feeling in the world. Looking back on that moment, I realize now what I was doing wrong, but at the time I had no idea. Still knowing this, I get scared every time I start to train!

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Basically, I had to choose between 1 running fast with shorter distance 2 slower with longer distance

I decided to choose 2 for the marathon, and things worked out great. But for this 1/2 in May, I’m combining 1 and 2 to make fast with longer distance and this hopefully will not equal what happened in 2010!

I realize by being safer, taking 2 rest days, may allow for no injury. This is why I think I’m going to start doing this and maybe putting less pressure on myself to follow the training plan? I’m not sure!!

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Your Turn

Do you follow a training plan? 

Do you run fast/slow/long/short? 

 

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2 thoughts on “Running Injury Free… Hopefully

  1. Just found your blog… I ran the 2013 Goofy Challenge. I love Disney races.
    I know what you mean about having to force yourself to take rest days. I mean those 5 days a week of running training plans work for some poeple but not me. I run about 3 times a week when I’m marathon training. It keeps my IT bands from hating me too much!

    • Great job on the Goofy Challenge! I think i’m going to sign up for that race this time around! That is great advice on training! 3 days for marathon training is awesome, I have IT problems and should probably follow your advice!! 🙂 Have a great day!

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