Getting Back to Training

by - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Diving back into training after a week off is challenging. I knew this week I wouldn't be able to tackle all five of the runs on my schedule. That's just asking for an injury.

Busting out a brand new pair of @mizunorunning wave inspires this morning. #brilliantrun

So I sat down and figured out which are the workouts that should absolutely happen and which workouts should get scratched this week to leave time for a few more rest days to ease back into things.

Of the five workouts, I have one long run of 18 miles, a tempo run of 9 miles, intervals totaling 8 miles, and two easy runs of three to four miles.

I knew all speed work was out of the question, so that nixed the 8 mile interval workouts.

I opted to keep the 9 mile mid-distance run and drop the tempo piece. I'm keeping one or two of the easy runs and obviously my long run.

I knocked out the nine miler on Sunday morning. I kept the pace easy and stopped to stretch once or twice to work out the kinks in my legs. But even with all that I still woke up extremely sore yesterday. It was a not so nice reminder that taking a full week of from training definitely means I have some ground to make up.

I went out for a super easy shake out run last night and today I'm planning a rest day.

My plan for the rest of the week is something easy tomorrow, another rest day Thursday and then my long run on Friday.

I'm hoping after a slightly scaled back week, I'll be able to get back to my regularly scheduled training without a problem next week.

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  1. Being a runner means that you know what works best for you, so prioritizing the training seems wise, and I'm sure it'll help you regain the work you've done so far and re-position your training where you want it to be.

  2. at least you have the smarts to take the time off when you know you need it mentally/emotionally and to not jump right back in where you left off. after easing back in with this week i am sure you'll be back on track and hopefully no more soreness :)

  3. Good luck. I have so much to learn about running, especially all the lingo. I ran my first half this year and am preparing for four more. Eeek!! :) Jessica