St. Jude Marathon Training: Week 13

Planned                                           Actual

Monday:  Rest                                 Monday:  Rest
Tuesday:  5                                      Tuesday:  Rest
Wednesday:  5                                 Wednesday:  Core and upper body
Thursday:  5                                     Thursday:  20 min spin
Friday:  Rest                                     Friday:  30 min spin
Saturday:  19                                    Saturday:  30 min walk, core and upper body
Sunday:  Cross-train                        Sunday:  60 min spin, 1 mile run
Total:  34 miles                                 Total:  1 mile
Yep, you read that right.  It’s not a typo.  ONE MILE.  I’ve been doing this recovery shit by the book.  And, thank God, I think it’s paid off.  I didn’t make it to my acupuncture appointment on Friday.  I couldn’t get away from work, so I had to call and cancel.  And unless the pain comes back full-force when I run on Tuesday, then I’ll be cancelling my sports orthopedic appointment for Wednesday as well.  I may have jumped the gun on scheduling those.  It’s funny how runners’ minds work.  Instead of, “Hmmm… something feels off.  Maybe I need to take a few rest days,” we immediately jump to, “OMG, MY LEG IS GONNA FALL OFF!!!!  I WILL NEVER RUN AGAIN!!!!”

I got on the spin bike Thursday to see if biking would hurt it, and it didn’t.  I only went for 20 minutes that first time because, even though it didn’t hurt while I was doing it, I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to hurt when I got up and tried to walk.  It didn’t.  If anything, it helped.  So I went a little longer and a little harder the next day, and then really kicked my own ass with the bike today.

Hey, just because I can’t run, that doesn’t mean I can’t get a good sweat on!

I have to admit something.  A part of me has enjoyed the week off from running.  Yes, I’m ready to get back at it, but rather than fretting over the missed training this week, I’ve savored the extra leisure time.  I came home from work and didn’t have to get in a hurry for anything else all evening.  It’s been kinda nice.  I’ve even had time to start reading a book, for Pete’s sake!

But it’s back at it tomorrow.  I did one slow test mile on the treadmill just to see how it felt after I finished spinning today.  I was still aware of it, but it wasn’t truly painful, ya know?  I hope that means it’s almost there.  I’ll rest it the remainder of today and continue with the intermittent icing, then Monday starts off the new week with another rest day, so hopefully those two additional days will have me ready to roll on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed for pain-free running this week!

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5 thoughts on “St. Jude Marathon Training: Week 13

  1. I just read your earlier post where you announced the thigh problem. I really hope that the active rest and time off from running will get you all healed up and back on track for your marathon!

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  2. So happy you were able to spin this weekend. And I hope your thigh is better! This reads a bit different than FB today. So I hope you are back to feeling better again 🙂

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