Week 3 of training is complete! This past week was a lot better injury-wise, and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that I didn’t do any speed work. I’ve noticed that when I try to push my pace, my hamstring cramps up pretty quickly and my hip gets tight, but if I keep it a little more moderate, I’m ok. This realization doesn’t make me all that happy, but at least I know I can run without pain even if it is slower than I’d like it to be. Here’s what happened:
Half Marathon #7 Training–Week 3
Monday: 4 miles easy, a lot of random strength training
Tuesday: 4 miles, easy; Absolute Power (abs) Workout
Wednesday: 6 miles, easy
Thursday: 10 miles with crazy pants
Running with Roo is somewhat challenging. She pulls on my arm the entire time, making it a little tough to stay loose and relaxed, especially over 10 miles. She enjoyed herself on this run. I did not. Even so, I didn’t feel sore because I was too busy wrangling her and kept my pace to 9 minute miles. Not as quick as I would’ve liked, but the absence of pain post-run made up for it. I also just borrowed a Gentle Leader to try on her when we run, and it’s like a miracle. But more on that later.
Saturday: 5 miles easy, 4 sets of this workout
All in all, a decent week. I’m much less sore than I have been, and while I hate that I can’t run as fast as I’d like to, I’d rather finish this upcoming race than run it fast. Right now, I’m focusing on staying healthy and enjoying my training sans speed.