This plan is developed by me, for me. The backbone of this plan is Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Marathon Plan with liberal input from Owen Anderson’s “The Science of Running” and Alan Culpepper’s “Running Like A Champion,” with solicited advice from a running friend. It is a learning experience for me and I am blogging to keep myself accountable and to keep a record of training for future review.
April Showers bring May Flowers. I’m not sure what to expect from all these May Showers. So many of my runs were done in rain this week. I am becoming adept at jumping over worms.
Monday : Planned 3k Recovery Run / 60 minutes cycling
Actual : I ran immediately after work with a colleague, then did 45 minutes on the stationary bike later in the evening.
Tuesday : 35 km Long Slow Run
Actual : T”was ugly but ’tis done. I experimented with Honey Stingers with good results but poor fueling and hydration before the run took it’s toll.
Wednesday : Rest Day
Actual : 1.25 mile Recovery run on the treadmill followed by sauna and cold shower. #restdaydoneright
Thursday : Core Strength / 5k Easy
Actual: My gym buddy couldn’t make it for our CxWorx class so we postponed it until tomorrow. The 5k didn’t happen. I am suffering from DOMS and it didn’t get any better after 2k so I walked home. Foam roll, foam roll, foam roll.
Friday : Warm Up / 3k Marathon Pace / 2km Cool Down
Actual: Tightness in my right glute and left thigh prevented me from running at the desired pace. I opted for a lovely 7k run with a few gals instead. Bonus: Social runs are often a great source of shared information and I got the name of a local massage therapist whom I plan to phone on Monday. Oh.. and earlier today I did yesterday’s CxWorx with my buddy. It felt great.
Saturday : Cross Training
Actual : Easy cycling.
Sunday : 10k Easy
Actual : Nope. The tightness is gone from my left thigh but the right glute continues to be a pain in the butt. It is worse today and seems to be in my hip flexor / lower back though hard to pinpoint exactly where. I ran 2k and felt like I was dragging my leg behind me so decided to end the run prematurely. A family hike over rough terrain in the afternoon may have aggravated the injury.
Summary: After months of running injury free I have a nagging soreness that just isn’t getting any better. Doctor Google has narrowed it down to 5 or 6 things but I want a more accurate diagnosis so have booked an appointment with a PT on Tuesday. Depending on her verdict, I may schedule a massage afterwards. With less than 2 weeks until the marathon I need to find relief fast.
Total distance this week 60km. Let the Tapering commence.