So, I have nothing to report for the last week as the only run I did was on Saturday and was a not for time 5K so instead I am going to look to the week ahead to what runs I have planned for this coming week to help ease me back into running any sort of distance. I realized on Saturday that I have lost some of the endurance I had built up in that short time I was injured and therefore breaking right back in and planning to run 12-14 miles is probably not the best way to attack this. So instead I have modified my training plan a little bit to include this week as the “step-back” week where I will do more “stepping back in: and will have 3 moderate sized runs instead of one short, one fast, one long as the regular weeks do.
Monday: I planned on tackling 4 miles this morning at a really slow pace if needed. I hate running larger amounts of miles in the morning before work because it always makes me feel so rushed in the morning but I ended up cheating and wearing my running clothes to bed to cut time in the morning. Seriously, ask my Sister This actually ended up working a bit and I managed to finish 4 miles in 40 minutes. Not spectacular by any means but I ran, my back didn’t hurt and I can now check this off my list so I call that a success! I was actually surprised that this 4 mile run felt less strenuous than Saturday’s run so maybe that means by legs are starting to come back to life?
Wednesday: Adding on! I am planning to tackle 5 miles before work on Wednesday morning. Might have to try the running clothes to bed thing again! Hopefully by increasing just a mile per run this week, I will quickly be back to not feeling like running a mile is running a marathon…
Saturday: For this run, I am planning to bump up the distance to 6-7 miles depending how I am feeling. Ideally, I would like to make it 7 miles but we shall see how much endurance improvement I see after my run this morning and Wednesday’s run. 7 miles is not always my lucky distance but I need to turn that reputation around! I have way too many distances that are somehow linked with repeated issues… 7, 9, 16… erg!
So there you have it! My plans for the week ahead. Hopefully I can move onto recapping my past weeks runs starting next Monday. I am also planning to keep up with my yoga DVD routine to keep my back strong and pain-free! Any progress is good progress!