Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Well just as promised I started the new year off with the goal that I had in mind that has been in the making for about two years now - yes Sparkfriends, 2013 will be the year of the marathon. I'm excited for this! I selected a plan, Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 which is very reasonable and about 18 weeks. It started off slow - less mileage than I am currently doing but I am all about following the plan so I am following it pretty closely so far - of course I am only in the middle of week 2.
So, with the plan selected I did select a race...WOOHOO about this one! I was so excited that I will be doing the Long Island Marathon the first weekend in May. It fits perfectly with the plan and is close to home but not too close so that I can make this an adventure. AND more importantly this week I actually SIGNED up for this marathon. Which means this is REAL!
There is a slight issue with my plan which seems to be raining on my parade a bit and making me NUTTY
For the past ummmm, about 2 weeks or so, my left calf has been hurting. I web MDed this of course and I think I have an idea what is going on based on the pain...shin splints. YUP, that's what I think anyway. I have never had these before and if you never have consider yourself very lucky. They SUCK. It actually doesn't hurt when I run but afterwards it does. Now, like I mentioned since I am at the beginning of this training plan my mileage has been very low and I am only running 5 days a week which is reasonable for me. But I am concerned and rightfully so because I know d@mn well what this could lead to. Many of you may know as well so I am not even going to type it out as not to jinx myself.
Anyhow with this new found ailment I am trying everything under the sun to get better. I am resorting to more treadmill running since it hurts less than outside. I have been icing, wrapping, talked to my PT about it AND now this is where you know I have lost it...I invested in the Tommie Copper compression socks which costs a fortune as they claim to assist with healing shin splints. If you don't know what these lovely socks are I suggest you google them but I saw them on TV when Montel Williams was talking about them. I may have just been sucked into an informercial but I am desperate!
My next game plan for the week is to stick with the treadmill, for my long run which is still shorter than the runs I am accustomed to I will go outside for that. After that next week's schedule is a cut back week (which I love about this plan, they put those in every 3 weeks!). SOOOO, next week I am NOT running just cross training besides my one long run of 6 miles. I really do not think I will lose any fitness this way anyway. Hopefully with rest and stretching these things will go away.
* I HOPE *
I am worried. I am worried that I may have just wasted $70 on a race I cannot do. But I am not there yet. I am not throwing in the towel. I just have to wait and see but I am not feeling overly confident as we speak.
Anyhow, here are the stats from last week...
Monday - rest
Tuesday - gym, cross train, did weight lifting routine from bodybuilding.com
Wednesday - 3M run outside, 16 degrees! 27:17
Thursday - 5M run treadmill, 7.1mph
Friday - 5M pace run treadmill, 6.5 mph
Saturday - 8M run, Providence Blvd, 9mins per mile
Sunday - 3M run, India Point Park, 28:12