Saturday, October 29, 2011

Easy Run #2: Wk15 {Fall Race Training}

Since Wednesday was my birthday and we went out to eat, stayed up late, and ate lots of cupcakes I decided to take Thursday as a rest day.  So that meant when Friday morning rolled around I needed to get my lazy butt out of bed for my second run of the week.  Luckily I didn’t do a long run today since its a step back week and we are running half marathon tomorrow.

Yesterday morning it was chilly but sunny morning.  I decided to run from home over to the local park.  Since the temps were so cool I didn’t get started until after 9am.  I started with a warm-up walk.

Warm-up:  0.58/10:00

Once I got started on my run I focused on my leg and how it was feeling and on my running form.  With focusing on my form I have not been obsessing about my pace as much lately.  I was feeling sooo good going into this run.  I had two days off from running and the only activity I did in those two days was one long leisure walk with the puppy.  My legs felt fresh and after my treatment on Monday I was feeling 99% better. 

I stopped after every mile to walk 0.10 just to check on my leg.  As my run progressed so did the pressure like feeling  and tightness in my lower calf and whole right leg overall.  I continued to walk after each mile and even had to stretch a few times.  Towards the end of the last mile I started to get some shooting pains down the middle of my calf and up my groin muscle too. 

  • Mile 1 – 10:24
  • Mile 2 – 10:08
  • Mile 3 – 10:02
  • Mile 4 – 9:57
  • Mile 5 – 9:39

Overall:  5.42/57:42/10:39 avg

Since I was really focusing on my arm swing and lean I noticed I was running faster without feeling like I was pushing too hard.  I also noticed that the lean really helps feel like there is less of an impact on each foot fall and that when I focusing on swinging my arms effectively {elbow to ribs – wrist to ribs} then I am swaying less and less from my hips and running a bit faster.

After the last mile I walked home for a cool down.

Cool down:  0.54/10:01

I wish I could say that the pain in my calf subsided after my run but it actually intensified.  And its not feeling much better today either.  It feels very tight and like a tone of pressure is being applied to the back of the calf and the shin bone.  After the gym this morning I did an epsom salt soak and it does feel a little better.  I’m going to take the puppy for a walk this evening and see how it is feeling.  Hopefully I am feeling better in the morning for my half marathon. 

 

{No goals for the half marathon tomorrow; I’m running with one of my CIM training buddies and we are treating it like a training run.  The course is on the bike trail that we’ve been doing our long runs on and the race is put on by the same organization that puts on CIM.  We are hoping for a 2:30 finish time but we’ll be happy just to finish.  The course is tough and the last mile+ is uphill!  My running buddy knows about my leg issues so if we need to take it easier she is okay with that.  The husband is racing.  He is looking for some redemption since he didn’t exactly have stellar races at his last three half marathons.  He is not looking to PR but is looking to have a better performance overall.}

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