It has now been 7 weeks since the NYC Marathon and 6 weeks since I resumed “training,” which has mostly just base training and easy miles.
Prior to the marathon, I told myself I was going to take November and December to run whenever I felt like it. Well, that lasted about a day, and then I got the itch for a plan again. Ha!
At the end of November, I started to ramp up the miles again even though it was tough with the cold and snow, but I love having a plan each day, and I still have my big, dream goal to accomplish. Things were going okay–not great, just okay–as it was cold, snowy, icy, and I was still recovering from the marathon, but I was doing my best to stay positive and enjoy the fact I was able to run.
Week 1: 0 miles
Week 2: 27 miles (about 35% of highest weekly mileage during the marathon build-up)
Week 3: 41 miles (about 50% of highest week)
Week 4: 41 miles
Week 5: 38 miles
Week 6: 30 miles (too busy with Christmas things to run more)
Week 7: 26 miles (plan to run)
I did hit 2018 miles for the year last week, which I was stoked about. This year won’t be my highest mileage ever since I spent the end of the winter/beginning of the spring with a couple different injuries. However, I’m always happy to get over 2000 miles for the year.
I did a couple of faster workouts with the Raven Run Club that I coach, and things were feeling okay, but after a few weeks, I could start to feel my hamstring/glute flare up again. It wasn’t bad, and I could definitely run through it without the pain getting worse, but I also knew it shouldn’t be this way.
I ran 14 miles this past Sunday, and I could feel the ache set in after about 8 miles. I decided enough was enough, and I knew it was time to reign things in and get this injury healed for good. (And not keep operating at 85-90%.) Truthfully I have been dealing with this injury on and off for several years, so now (during the off-season) is the time to get my right hamstring and glute as strong as my left side.
My plan is to run about 4 days a week, strength train 3 days a week, and do yoga once a week. I really need to focus on the strength training, recovery, and going to ART to get everything loosed up and equally balanced again.
I know it is going to take some time, but during the winter is the best time since training during the winter isn’t as much fun as it is during the summer. Hopefully it won’t take too long, and I’ll be back cranking out the miles within a few weeks!