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Baby Steps - Training Update

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I ran 28 miles last week. Not a lot, I know, but a good amount for me.

Having knee and ankle tenderness, I am not overdoing it, but want to do longer training runs, to build up endurance. The week before last, I ran 24 miles. So far the ankles and knees are doing fine. I do my stretches, foam rolling and strength training faithfully.

Last year, I had to run every other day, or suffer the consequences of knee and ankle pain. What I'm trying to do now is to run M,T,W take Thursday off and run long on Friday. So far, so good.

Next Friday I'll take a step back long run, maybe 7 miles.

Oh yeah, I've been eating a bit more too. The 1500-1800 calories a day was not enough for me to have the energy to run well, and maybe not enough to heal properly. Still learning how to do this. My body weight is holding pretty steady, but I think with the additional running I may be able to lose that last 5 lbs.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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CHANGINGHORSES 5/22/2013 6:19AM

    Good for you! We can all take away from your experiences. Listening to our bodies is a must, especially as runners. Keep up the good work!

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CM_GARDNER78 5/21/2013 7:35AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3JP
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Probably not the baby steps you are taking, but every time I think of baby steps, this is what I think of. Ha!

Sounds like you are doing great. Keep it up!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/20/2013 5:32PM

    Very sensible approach to working it out, both running and nutrition-wise!
Wish I'd been that smart: I'd still be running!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/20/2013 1:42PM

    Smart to listen to your body. If something hurts, ease up a bit. Rest days and/or cross training are just as important as the running. You're doing great.

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LEWILL1982 5/20/2013 1:17PM

    Running and eating is such a challenge for me. When I trained for the 1l2 marathon, I read we were supposed to consume 100 extra calories for every extra mile we added to our runs. That confused me too. I started adding extra calories on the days I ran over 5 miles. Good luck determining your balance, sounds like you are good at figuring out what your body needs!

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NATPLUMMER 5/20/2013 12:42PM

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KIMCOLLINGS 5/20/2013 12:34PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for your running. Your tweeks along the way to prevent injuries while still getting the distance for endurance is a great balance.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/20/2013 11:32AM

    Sounds like you have things figured out for yourself! emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/20/2013 10:58AM

    I only run 3 days a week, 4 days a week walk. I am adding in swimming and biking now.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/19/2013 7:04PM

    I'm not surprised 1500-1800 calories wasn't enough for you. I'd guess closer to 2000, since you log so many miles. You are far fitter and more active than most people in your age group, so it would be hard to judge your activity by that. And Spark's calorie tracker is assuming someone who is actively trying to lose weight rather than maintain, and has a fairly low basal metabolic rate. If you have more energy at a higher range, that's great! Enjoy it!

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OWL_20 5/19/2013 6:16PM

    I like your schedule and it reminds me that I have to map out one soon for an upcoming (early fall) 10K. You're doing an awesome job of listening to your body and what it needs!

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DALID414 5/19/2013 2:21PM

    I think 28 miles is a lot! I struggle to hit my goal of 5 miles a week sometimes. I don't think I've ever gohne past 10 miles a week. It's all relative I suppose, I don't run longer than a 5K at a time.

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BIGPAWSUP 5/19/2013 10:36AM

    You are doing a great job and really getting those miles in. I think you are dong the right thing by playing it safe with injuries. You'l be back to normal in no time.

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RUN4FOOD 5/19/2013 8:42AM

    Sounds like you are doing great. 28 miles is not the life of a slacker. Looks like you are honing in on what works for you.

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LAURIE5658 5/19/2013 8:19AM

    Vic, you do an outstanding job of reading your body's cues. That is the secret to happy and healthy running. Awesome job!

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NEPTUNE1939 5/19/2013 8:05AM

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