I’m 5 weeks out from the Fargo Half Marathon and I’m just getting back into consistent running from twisting my ankle.
And I’m totally cool.
I kept active during the break with crosstraining and increased my time spend doing other ancillary work. I’m stronger because of it. I’m rested.
This last week I did about 2, maybe 3 hours of running. The week of April 18th I plan on doing about 5 hours, then 7.5, then back up to 10 hours for only a week before a short taper and race. I’m still quite hopeful for a PR or at least a good run.
Three weeks after that is the Crazy Horse Half. Unlike my past events, I’m going to bring a GPS with me during Fargo and if I get to midway and don’t feel a PR is possible, I’ll probably jog it in and treat it as a long run. The hope is to not come out of it wrecked so I can continue training and hopefully hit a better time in Crazy Horse. Frankly, I’m after a PR and I’m willing to sacrifice Fargo if I get to mile 8 and don’t think it’s my day. I don’t want to wreck my body for a 1:25 when I want a 1:22:xx!
I’ll probably peak for a New Years 5k and then take a short period of rest after this training block, before starting a long buildup to either Brookings or Deadwood. I’ve not done Brookings in a while, and it’s such a flat and fast course. The only issue is travel. We’ll see.
This last week I finally managed to get back in to doing doubles. I really want to keep this up. With the snow bound to come that will be a challenge, but it’s worth it!
Attached is the photo the winner of the Berlin Marathon, running with the insoles of his shoes flying around.
This image reminded me of a thought I had recently about say, having a pebble in your shoe during your long run.
I considering, leaving it in.
Long runs and key works are race practice, mentally and physically. If you’re shooting for a PR, you’re not going to mess up your groove and potentially lose precious seconds taking a shoe off and removing the pebble. For the man above, he would lose contact with the lead group and likely never rejoin.
So, keep the pebble in your shoe. You’re not going to take it out during the race, so don’t take it out now.
Then, my friend Roy posted this recently and basically threw that idea out the window.
Doing a training run with an annoyance such as this is clearly dangerous. Roy has a pretty large but short term injury there. I doubt it affected his training at all, but the potential was there for missed workouts.
Aside from a blister, another risk is that running with a modified run gait do to anything pebble, a blister, or an injury can cause a compensation injury where you change your running form to feel better but that causes another injury.
So, take out the pebble!
I was lucky enough to be able to chat with News Center 1 recently about upcoming events hosted by our local run club, and I made her do squat jumps!
Currently for the time being I’ve back dated this post so it does not appear at the top of my website. I put the limit at $100 so that’s the max you are able to be charged by me.
I’m hoping to convert all of my athletes to a biweekly payment schedule where I will take what I invoice monthly, divide it by two, and charge that every two weeks. I’m hoping this works well for people by spreading out the bill but also not requiring anyone to manually pay an invoice.