Friday, July 20, 2007

7-20-07 Another Hard run

It was another hard run today - my legs (thighs) just felt like someone had been kicking them all day. I think it's time to re-evaluate my training regimen. I've been working towards getting up to 30 miles a week, and my progression has been pretty steady. I've been following a 5%-10% increase trend, as this seems to be the accepted rate to avoid injury and burnout. However, I've not really taken any 'rest' weeks. I've read that during base building, that a runner should back down the miles and take a lite/easy week every 3-4 weeks. Looking back at my mileage sheet, I can see that I've had some weeks that I didn't complete the mileage (usually due to conflicts in schedule), but I usually worked harder/went longer on the days I didn't miss, trying to make up for lost training days. I think next week I'll back down to no more than 4 miles a day, probably a good bit less. I may run with Steph again - she should be up to 30 minute runs next week, I think.

I think I'll go put some SportsCream on my thighs since their still a little sore.

I've also decided to abort my 8 mile run tomorrow. Given the difficulty I've had over the past few days, I don't think I'd enjoy it, and if I was able to complete it, I'm not convinced it wouldn't be at a greater long term price. I'm on nobody's schedule but my own, so I'll just wait a little longer to get to 10 mile Saturday runs.


emacs said...

Looks like you're going through one of those difficult patches. I can sympathise - I'm in mid-injury.
Still, hang in there - you'll look back and smile a few weeks from now.
Good luck!

Tom said...

Nice to read your blog. Wish you luck as you sort through your training schedule. Sometimes we all have to scrap a run. Reward generally seems to be a better run in the next few days.

I post with another running friend, Amy. We look forward to reading more of your site. Keep up the great running and posting!