Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Work In Progress

With teammate Chelsea. We were both very
happy to just FINISH. 
The road to success is never a straight line. Yep. That's me. The OC 1/2 Marathon on May 1 was going to be my comeback race. A relatively easy course where PRs are shattered and dreams are achieved. A race that can lift spirits and reduce doubts. The best laid plans...

I ran my slowest 1/2 marathon in over 3 years. Actually, 4 years and 3 months. And I'm okay with it. 

As you all know, I was on track with my training and working with my physical therapist to turn my lazy glutes into ass-kicking glutes. I was working on my core, taking pilates classes, strength training and bending my way through the Jasyoga library.

And *BOOM*. I was hit with a series of non-running related injuries that not only prevented me from running but I also had to stop all activity for a bit spending my days icing injured body parts and catching up on House of Cards
My total mileage for the whole month of April was 10 miles. My last long run before the race was 15 miles. On March 27. I felt really good after it too. In the week following, I sprained my ankle, injured my rib and hurt my back. 

With Dana (now part of the Oiselle Volée!)
and Dani at the finish line.
My longest run in April was 3.7 miles the Thursday before the race. I didn't experience any pain on that run and some other {shorter} runs during the week.

I'm A-OK with my race result because I ran pain free! My slow time was 100% due to my lack of fitness and I know through past experience that I can build it back up. 

My plan for the next couple of months is to become stronger and fitter through slowly building up my mileage, running for fun (!), continuing with strength training (including core and glutes), taking fitness classes--->all so I'm ready to start training again on June 20th for the Santa Rosa 1/2 Marathon (August 28) and in August for CIM (December 4). 

I've also decided to change my training focus on becoming marathon-strong as opposed to half marathon fast. More on that in the future.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you were able to race without pain - that's so wonderful after working through injuries. Hopefully this upcoming training cycle will be smooth sailing :)