The good news to me is that I did my first ever official speed workout! I chose to do a ‘strides' workout this week. I got the plan for strides from the book (and the pdf update to the half marathon training plan on their website) Train Like a Mother. For this speed workout I did a 10 minute warm up run then I used my stopwatch and ran fast for 30 seconds with a 1 minute recovery run. I repeated this process 3 additional times and ran about 12 more minutes to finish out my usual 3.5 mile morning run.
Here's the thing: Strides were not nearly as bad as I had imagined them to be. They were actually fun! I had read that people said speed workouts were fun and I didn't believe it for one minute. I guess I have to believe them now as I actually enjoyed the speed workout. My IT band on the other hand did NOT enjoy the speed workout. It was irritated by the end of the run.
The following day I went for my long run, 8.5 miles this week(my longest ever run!). My IT band was really irritated following that run. I even had to walk some during that run to make sure I wasn't overdoing it.
I had known that my IT band would likely be an issue as I work toward training for the half marathon. It was an issue in my training for my 10k. I guess I just didn't expect it this soon. The thing that I have learned about the IT band is that increasing speed or hills or distance can irritate it. This week I did back to back speed training and the longest distance I have ever run. I increased in two areas. So thus begins the modifications of my plan. I wasn't able to get in my second 3.5 miles this week as I needed to take the day off and let my IT band rest. I, of course, have done my physical therapy exercises for the IT band and will continue to do them. I am going to have to make it up as I go next week and see what my body can handle. Speed and distance are both important to me…hmm…any tips or advice? I sure am glad I am starting my training early when you compare my training schedule to the ‘usual' 12 week schedule. It is giving me some wiggle room to do what I need to do and respect my body at the same time. (At least I hope that turns out to be true.)
I learned a couple of other things this week, but in the interest of keeping this post a manageable size, I will share them another time.
Have a great week! Happy training to those of you also training for a half marathon (or any size race)!
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