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Half Marathon Training - Week 2

Friday, January 18, 2013

On my second week of training and I do have to say that it is going very well. I will be ending this week with 15 miles after my 5 mile run tomorrow. I did have one bad running day this week though.

I have been training on my off days with kettlebells and mixing things up. Well on Tuesday I did a very different routine that really worked the legs. The result.... my Wednesday run was not so pretty. I ended up running inside on a track that is near my house. I knew my legs were sore but didn't really feel how sore until I started running. It was pure torture! My quads were burning, my hamstrings were tired and sore, my rear, and my calves felt like they were on fire. It was not good.

I forced myself to finish a mile and then I would stretch. I figured once I got going my muscles would loosen up. That was not the case.....

I finished my mile, stretched and started up on mile 2. It was just like mile 1 and was becoming unbearable. I didn't want to give up but then I also didn't want to get injured by forcing a run. So I stopped after the 2 miles. I felt a little pathetic and was mad because I wanted 4 miles. But sometimes you just need to listen to your body.

Yesterday I made sure the kettlebell routine had ZERO legs in it. It was all upper body and abs. After the workout I sat stretching and foam rolling my very sore leg muscles.

And guess what.... the run today felt awesome! My calves were still a little sore and tight during the uphill part of the run but that is to be expected. I am hoping the 5 miler tomorrow goes just like today went.

So training is right on track!

How do you help your sore muscles? What are some of your tips and tricks?

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    It is great that you listened to your body and prevented any injury. Hope you can run indoors with this crazy cold weather we are going to have this week.
    1883 days ago
    My tip for sore legs is not to train them so hard and then try to run (hahahaha). I agree that might want to back off of the serious strength with the legs but make sure that you do something with them. Maybe work on squatsn dead leg lifts and lunges with lot's of stretching.

    Hope you are getting out Saturday morning for a run before the deep freeze hits.
    1884 days ago
    Nice work!!! Foam rollers are the best.
    1885 days ago
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    emoticon Great Job!
    1885 days ago
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