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Peachtree Roadrace Training Update

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Well, I haven't posted about this in a couple of weeks, so I thought I'd write something down.

My goal for May was to, by month end, run 5.5 miles without stopping or walking. I did this on May 22nd, so I met my goal. However, this past week I have been plagued with back problems in addition to the ongoing Achilles problems...and was not able to replicate that distance this weekend. Ran 5 miles yesterday...but just didn't think I could make another half, so quit at 5.

Because of the upcoming race, I am really unhappy with the 5 miles yesterday. But I'm trying to keep it in perspective - on January 1st, I couldn't even run a full minute without huffing and puffing so much that I dropped it down to 30 seconds in subsequent workouts and for a couple of weeks actually ran 30 seconds/walked for 4 min 30 seconds!

I've come a long way since then, and I should be proud of that...but now all I'm doing is worrying about this race, the heat, etc...and worrying about increasing my mileage every week....and looking at even the smallest 'setback' (if you could call running 5 miles a 'setback') in what was a VERY aggressive plan to begin with as a 'failure'.

And I really can't train any more than I am, because this Achilles issue is giving me fits - really cramping my style. Only ran about 11 miles this week because of my back issues (took 4 days off completely)...but have been running about 18 - 20 miles for the past couple of months....which is about all I dare subject my Achilles to.

Anyway...I'm just not sure I'll be able to run the whole 10K in the July 4th heat. If I was in Alaska, I wouldn't be worried - heat would not be an issue and if I could run 5.5, I could run 6.2. But in the Atlanta heat, all bets are off.

I'm certainly going to try...but I might have to walk part of the way. I'll make the 6.2 miles...but running the whole way? Less confident about that bit in the heat.
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    I agree that heat is a killer. I mostly run at night, so the heat of the day is tough for me. I am also susptible to heat problems. I have been working on changing my running form. Not that I have had any injuries, but I would like to prevent them. I am working on CHI Running. Mostly about alignment, and biomechanical corrections. It has made some distance, but I am still a very long way from getting it right. Danny suggests change that might help with various common injuries.

    Do you know what caused/causes your Achilles issues?

    It is always tough to asses if our goals are to aggressive or not aggressive enough. As you know we have to learn to really listen to what our body is telling us.

    4030 days ago
    Can you find an alternate exercise that will work on your conditioning without putting so much stress on your achilles and back? Maybe swimming or running in a pool?

    Being smart isn't failing. Figure out a way to be smart and move towards your goals, even if not quite as directly as you might like if your body was feeling better.
    4033 days ago
    Just do the best that you can. Have a conversation with yourself from last January, the one who couldn't run 30 seconds. Imagine how proud that person would be at your accomplishments to date.

    You might have some problems in the heat but so do experienced runners. Do the pest that you can and then you can keep working at doing better each run thereafter.

    Keep ti up!!
    4035 days ago
    Hey, you're doing great, so go easy on yourself! I know you have an aggressive goal, but as you pointed out, you were nowhere NEAR able to run anywhere close to 5 miles at the beginning of the year, and here you are running that much, and capable of more! You've made great strides (no pun intended) in reaching your goal, and you still have more than a month to go. Don't push it too much, because you may just exacerbate your injuries and end up in worse shape. Take it easy, listen to your body, and I know you'll be great come July 4th.

    4035 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    Your doing emoticon keep it up. You will do great even if you have to walk so what who cares your sooooo doing great. The heat alone would kill me not to mention that I couldn't run 3 steps.

    Your doing 5 miles, with an injures that's emoticon

    let me hear a emoticon to you.
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    4035 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2010 10:01:55 PM
    Don't beat your self up, if your injured take the time to rest so that you don't cause more damage. If you miss a training run don't try to make it up, just pick up where you left off. You are doing awesome! 5 miles run is still 5 miles run, you should be proud!
    4035 days ago
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