Running With Jay: Week 6

Jay’s runnin’ runnin’ runnin’!

According to my schedule, she’s got two more strong training weeks, she’ll taper off a bit in the third, and then RACE DAY!  Yet, her actual schedule may be RUNRUNRUN…RUNRACERUN…CRASH.

Let’s check in and see what she’s been up to:

This week I cut back a little back during the week. I did a four-miler and a 3.5-miler during the week, and upper body weights. Yesterday, I ran a ten-miler and I felt GREAT. Whenever I felt my “soft injuries” flaring, I focused on loosening up and relaxing my pace. That seemed to work.

Of course, last night was so cold that once I actually stopped running I could barely walk, my hip flexor seized up so bad. Made for fun post-run times at the Kroger! Whoo-hoo! (yes, I was basically dragging myself around inside the store on one leg. the Aggie that happened to be with me at the time threatened to carry me back to the car if I wouldn’t stop limping and moaning.)

Fun news of the week that we should file in the “never tell your personal trainer” category: We may have gotten started on our run a little later than we had anticipated. Like an hour and a half late, as the sun was setting.

It may have been my fault for miscommunication with my husband about where I was depositing my children before our departure. We may have run anyway, in the dark, in the country, on the side of a highway. It may have been the most stupid thing I have done in a long time. BUT I WILL NEVER CONFIRM THESE BASELESS RUMORS. 

This week I plan to continue to take it easy during the week. You said no more intervals for a while and I think that you are right (it’s a Christmas miracle!). So, I will be doing two easy runs this week in anticipation for 12 miles next weekend!

Cougars RAWR and Aggies WHOOP!

Oh. My. Lord.

You ran IN THE DARK, IN THE COUNTRY, ON THE SIDE OF A HIGHWAY?! I swear, Girlie, you are giving me the cold sweats.  I beg of you never to do this again.  But, if you must (I think we all know by now, you do what you do!), please make sure you are illuminated in some way.  Reflective clothing, headlamps, carrying roadside flares.

Running on a highway in college country is bad enough, but when it’s dark you are taking your life in your hands.  Runners have been mowed down in lesser conditions.  Hell, I have near misses almost weekly, in broad daylight, from folks not paying attention.  We all love you.  Please be safe out there.

Now for the good news: you’re taking my advice about intervals.  GO JAY!  By cutting back on that which is taxing your body unnecessarily, you give it time to heal from the long runs.  Well done.

By my calculations you should be around the 9 or 10 mile mark for your long run this week, but taking in account your desire to run almost the entire length of a half before the race, you are ahead of the training curve.

My advice for this week: Make sure you are listening to your body.  Get extra sleep if you can (that’s prime muscle-repair time).  Pay attention to nutrition (you can’t wait until race week to fuel properly).  Focus on hydration (a well-hydrated body is a high performing body).  If you feel a need to cut back, DO IT.  You still have another full training week ahead of you and you’re in good position should you have a small set-back.

Go get ’em!

Question: I have a friend who ran a full marathon a couple of years ago. She said she used this method where she ran five minutes and walked one. What are the reasons behind doing it this way and do you ever recommend training like that?

Answer: The reasoning behind the walk/run method is simple.  By engaging different muscles (walking and running muscles) during a race, you distribute the workload, thereby reducing the wear and tear on one group, which can increase performance. Walk breaks are also thought to speed up healing because there is less damage to repair.

Some folks swear by this method, and it is one I used while training.  If prior to a long run I was injured, I took short walk breaks in order to reduce further injury.

When you start training for your full (OH, YOU KNOW YOU WILL!), you’ll experiment and see if this method is for you.

Now, be careful out there.



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