Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I'm a terrible blogger. Let's just get that out in the open. I'll try to be more consistent; I promise!
But, on the upside, training has been going relatively well (minus the week off due to an injury, more on that later) and I'm ready to start my mileage and workout increases this week.
First, my injury. In addition to being a terrible blogger, I'm also an idiot and don't think through all my plans. I decided that instead of my usual biking, dog walking, hiking, etc. to burn excess energy on the weekends, I would bust out my old pair of roller blades. I lived in these things when I was younger and they're still my size since my feet haven't grown since 8th grade. It would give me an excuse to see more of the Hilliard Heritage Trail and get a workout in at the same time. About 2 miles in, the bottom of my feet started to burn. I chalked it up to my socks and thought my feet might just be sore from my long run the day before. 3.5 miles in, the burning moved to my arches and became a sharper pain. Fast forward to the end of the workout and I discovered a silver-dollar sized blister on each one of my feet. These effectively stopped any and all physical activity for over a week and even caused pain when I put on tight-fitting socks. Ugh, that's what I get for being adventurous. Moral of the story: stick to what you know when in training for something specific.
Second, today is the first day of week 7 training. This means I increase from 4 to 5 days of runs per week and my mileage increases to the longest distance yet (7 miles!) on Saturday. It's fun to look forward to future weeks and know that each increase will be a new personal best. It's equally fun to look back and see that I ran 10 miles across 2 days. I never would have thought this possible even 2 months ago, let alone where I started in December of 2011. At that time, running for 10 minutes straight was a win. Now, 3 miles is my "easy day." And the weight and inches lost in this process don't stink either!
So the plans for this week - 3 miles, 5 miles, 3 miles, 7 miles, 3 miles. Holy crap I just did that math. I'm going to run 21 miles in 5 days?! Woot that's intimidating and exciting at the same time. I'll be ready for that half marathon in October come hell or huge blisters!