Midweek Motivation

Ok, so this is less of a motivational post and more of a ‘your excuses suck, so just get out there and run, already’ post.

But I guess that’s motivation in its own way!

Overcoming Running Obstacles

Week in Review 25/02

After my physio appointment at the beginning of last week, I decided to take it easy with my mid-week training. I did two lunchtime bike sessions and one evening jog on the treadmill (each workout 20 minutes) as I hadn’t run properly in nearly a week.

On Saturday I went back to the gym for my medium run, as I figured it would be easier to work on my posture on a smooth, flat treadmill than outside (that, and it was really cold!) I managed a comfortable 10k at a 1% incline. That run kind of boosted my confidence, as I had managed to overcome the shin pain – pushing my shoulders back and leaning back slightly eased the pressure on that foot. Phew!

When I woke up on Sunday and my legs felt pretty good, I decided to bite the bullet and give my long run a go. I was due 15 miles, but as I had missed the 14 miler the weekend before, I decided to aim for 14 instead. I headed out at 3pm, and the weather was awful – it was trying to snow, and there was a strong, biting wind. Being the genius that I am, I forgot to wear my hat (though I did wear gloves and a neck-warmer – 2 out of 3 isn’t bad!)

Given the niggles I’d had over the past couple weeks I decided to forgo my new longer route, and instead did 3.5 loops of my medium route (about 4.5 miles). This meant that if I had any problems, I wouldn’t need to hobble very far to get home! I did stop off after the first loop to refill my water bottle and grab a gel (I carried a second gel with me for the rest of the run) but after that it was fairly continuous. By the third loop I started to flag, as my thighs began to really ache – the upper outside edges of both thighs (by the ITB), which was a really tricky area to try and stretch out on the go! I did give it a good try, though .. I’ve lost count of the positions I worked myself into to try and ease the ache (and the consequent looks I received from innocent pedestrians).

I averaged out at an 11 mile pace, and finished at 14.3 miles. The last couple miles were extremely uncomfortable, as my pace had slowed, the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up .. But I made it home in one piece and enjoyed the world’s longest, hottest shower – always my favourite part of a long run 😀

Total weekly mileage: 22.5
Weeks to go until Brighton: 8

Physio summary

After months of intermittent upper foot/lower shin pain on one side, I finally got round to visiting a physio yesterday. He made me run outside, then again on the treadmill, checked my hip flexibility and the tightness in my calves and hamstrings, and got me to try some stretching and strengthening exercises for my lower body, mainly calves. The verdict was that my running posture is causing the tendons in my foot to rub against the band of whatever-it-is that goes across the ankle, causing the burning pain. To fix it, I need to stretch and improve flexibility in my hips, and stretch and strengthen calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. I also need to work on swinging both arms evenly when running, so as not to twist my torso, as well as lengthening my stride and working on keeping my feet in line (turns out that my left foot, the sore one, sticks out slightly when I run. Sigh).

The plan is to work through the exercises this evening and follow it with a session with the foam roller, then tomorrow evening I’ll try a tentative 4-5 miler on the treadmill. Fingers are SO crossed right now.

I’m thinking pilates might be a good move!

Week in Review 18/02

A day late, I know! This week hasn’t quite gone to plan on the training front, unfortunately. I started off well, managing to fit in both my short and medium runs, as well as a cycle at the gym .. But I attempted my long run twice yesterday – once in the morning, once in the evening – and the pesky burning shin pain flared up both times, leaving me no choice but to walk home after less than a mile 😦

The short run was meant to be 4 miles, but I ended up doing 4.4. It was veeery cold but dry, and felt alright apart from a slight niggle in my shin/foot.

The medium run was 6 miles, and I managed 6.2. This one wasn’t great, as I felt a bit out of sorts and ended up running it rather slowly, though I didn’t have any walking breaks, so that’s something!

So my weekly mileage worked out as 10.8, and I missed a 14-miler. Ouch. On the up side, I have an appointment booked with a physio this week to get that stupid foot/leg sorted out (I hope!!) In the meantime, it’ll be lunchtime cycling at the gym for me, and daily sessions with the foam roller. Boo. Fingers crossed.