As the class lead instructor, I would be able to modify. As fate happens, my professor pulled me from the step aerobic lab and put me in the exercise physiology lab to perform the fitness assessments due to another lead student not holding her responsibility. This is not a favorite part of mine but as for marathon training the problem solved itself. I will now need to work out on my own and not in a step class. The positive is I can work out or rest as needed.
Personally I don't really find all that much benefit from the few minutes of stretch that people tend to do after an exercise session I really like the more extended relax into the stretch that you will get from an hour long yoga class. Can you do the step class without the risers. I'd think that would be easier on your calfs. I adjust my step height depending on how much I've been running. Of course I'm doing Cathe videos in my basement, so no one cares. You need to make sure you alternate lower intensity days with those hard days.
The class ends on April 4th. If we miss one day, than we get a C. If we miss two, we fail.
I think it is soreness. The reason I think it is/was overtraining is on Wednesday afternoon, after teaching the class, I could barely stand. Also, my calves hurt. Not a soreness like lifting too much. They hurt. My Track & Field professor thought a stretching would help too and sorta ridiculed me in front of the class. Did not appreciate that!
I agree step is tough on the calfs. Maybe you can keep teaching a lower your step. Are we just talking tightness here, or is there actual pain. I like the stick to roll out tight areas. I also really like yoga. That seems to work for me. You have two full rest days, which should really help. I like taking more days than that when I'm dealing with pain and what I think is an approaching over use injury. Making sure an overuse injury does not get worse come before training for an event.
You sound very physically fit, so I wouldn't worry about doing all your long runs. The best advice I ever received was before my first HM. I was told my an avid runner - If you can run 6 miles and your body is use to cardio exercise, you can do a HM. I ran my 2 HM using this same advice and finished both without injury or exhaustion. If you teach step class twice/week and do some running, I think you will do very well!
I know the above advice is against every running magazine/book you will ever pick up but this guy's advice was right-on for me. I ran both HM with 2 friends that only ran and no other physical activity and I beat them on both HM. I know we all run at different paces etc, but I think my body was better conditioned given my strength training and variety classes plus my weekly running of no more than 6 mile lengths.
One reason, I took this guy's advice to heart was I had trained before for a HM and got injuried on a 9 mile run. I had pulled a calf musle and had to stop running for about 3 months. I was nervous about training again for a HM and was relieved when I received the advice.
I wish you the best in your HM!
Holly/Texas. Time Zone: CST; Don't do anything today you can't maintain for the rest of your life; Studies show a mere 11 minutes of weight training 3 times a week is enough to reduce your body fat and raise your metabolism.
Okay, I need help! That is the first step... to admit it!
So, here's my problem.
I suspect I am overtraining but cannot take a week of no exercise. Why? Because I have committed to physical activities. Here is my schedule of activity.
Sunday - Rest Monday - Teach step aerobics for class Tuesday - Attend Track & Field class, attend Water Safety Instructor class, lead 3 mile run for a running group (work) Wednesday - Teach step aerobics for class Thursday - Attend Track & Field class, supposed to run medium-length for training Friday - Teach step aerobics for class Saturday - Long run Sunday - Rest
So, with that kind of schedule in mind, I tried to rest the best I could this week. This is what I did.
Tuesday - Did not attend Track & Field class, did not attend Water Safety Instructor class, lead 2.67 mile walk/run for a running group (work) Wednesday - Teach step aerobics Thursday - Attend Track & Field class, skipped my run Friday - Teach step aerobics Saturday - Skipped my 7 mile run but was on my feet for 6 hours for work Sunday - Rest
I was really hoping that the soreness in my calves would go away.. but it's still here.
I have a half marathon on March 17th already paid for. Last week, I ran 6 miles. This past weekend, I skipped my long run. I really want to do this half marathon. What would you suggest my game plan be? I have to do Tuesday's walk/run. Skip Thursday's run and do 7 miles on Sunday? Should I skip the long run this weekend?
I am taking all opinions than I will probably do what I feel is best for me. I really value everyone's opinions!
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