September 20, 2011

Training Tuesday: Week 9

Last week was a week full of lessons to be learned. The most important one? Listen to my body and be ok with having to ease up a bit.

I cut 10 miles off of my training last week. Whether it was because I got kicked off the treadmill at the gym, my knee was hurting or I felt like I just pushed too hard, it happened and surprisingly, I'm ok with it. I know that cutting those 10 miles off my training is only going to make this week better for me and minimize my risk of injury before Race Day.

Speaking of Race Day, my race docket has somehow loaded up this Fall. Between now and December, I'm running 3 half-marathons, 1 full marathon, a 5k and a 15k (which I'm just waiting for Pay Day so I can sign up for).

This means, I really need to make sure I get all of my strength and cross training workouts in so that I build muscle without avoiding injury. I've been great about going to yoga once a week. I don't think I have time for much more than that but strength training? I really need to get into the gym at least twice a week for it to be effective, so that's a goal for the rest of my training cycle.

So here's where I'm at:

MCM Training: Week 9
Total Mileage Last Week: 32
Missed Workouts: 0
Trouble Spots: Some knee pain that seems to have dissipated since cutting back
Planned Mileage This Week: 45

Monday: 4 miles easy (9:52/mile) with 4 strides
Tuesday: 7 miles easy (9:52/mile)
Wednesday: 10 miles with 8 miles at Marathon Goal Pace
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 20 miles (9:52 pace), fast finish
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 4 miles easy (9:52/mile)

Goals for this Week: Strength train on my Rest Days
Current Annoyances this Week: A weird foot pain that doesn't bother me while I'm running but is extremely painful
Things to Keep in Mind: Keep doing what I'm doing, everything is going great!

That's that! I've had to move things around again this week (story of my life) but it'll all work out! With just under 6 weeks left, I'm feeling really good about MCM! I've got this week, a step back week next week and then one more strong week until Taper, so I've just gotta keep at it!

How's your training going?


  1. I've said it to you before, life happens and you just have to roll with it. Keep up the good juggling, you're going to do great at MCM! T-minus 38 days til I see you~!

  2. You go girl!! I am fiinally finding my motivation to run again! Now that my life has slowed down and I have time!!! Like always you motivate meee!

  3. It sounds like your training is going great! I'm loving your blog! :) I'm glad Christine (These Happy Miles) sent the link to me!

  4. So great meeting you last night! Loved chatting and am lovin' your blog! I'm with ya on the "listening to your body" thing. And don't take that foot pain lightly (that's how my injury started!) - if it keeps up, go to a doctor, just in case :-)

    I want to register for that 15K. Think I'll be healed by then, so I'm really excited. Plus, I love hot chocolate ;-)

  5. you are smart to cut back mileage if you're not feeling it! i am a big supporter of the belief that less can be more at times.

    and yayyy, someone who is in my same boat as far as races for the rest of the year go!

    xoxo christine

  6. hi im new to your blog and look forward to following along! Don't worry about a training plan so much you just need to follow your body - its better to be able to do less than nothing at all!


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