Should we start this post off with the good news or the bad news?
Let’s do the bad to get it out of the way!
Last week I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon and completely destroyed my right leg. My original goal was to just go out there and have a good run since it was my first half marathon in about 9 months. Well…my competitive nature got the best of me and I stupidly gave the race 110% when my body was nowhere near ready for that kind of intensity.
This entire past week I’ve been dealing with awful calf pain…we’re taking pain so intense it hurts to walk! So instead of training and working toward my real goal of a 1:45:00 at Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego on June 4th I’ve been stretching, foam rolling, icing and even went and got new running shoes with custom insoles.
Take it from me and my rookie mistakes easing into a training plan/ running is SO IMPORTANT. You’re almost always going to get hurt if you push your body too hard too quickly.
Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Half Training Plan
So on to the good news!
After only running 1 mile during the work week I was finally able to run 6 miles without too much pain today wooooooo! BUT, this whole situation still leaves me in a crappy place going into Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego training.
I really wanted Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego to be the race that I achieved a 1:45:00 PR at. I was so ready to give training 100% of my time and effort but I’m unfortunately going to have to back up and take things day by day.
So for training this week I’m going to attempt to pick up where I left off on the Kara Goucher half marathon training plan and really make a point to stretch, foam roll and ice after every single run.
I think after this week I’ll have a better understanding of the status of my right calf and will be sure to discuss my goals for Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego next week. For now, here’s what my training (hopefully) looks like this week.
- Monday: rest (stretch, ice, foam roll)
- Tuesday: 3 miles + yoga
- Wednesday: pace checker workout (8x800m at goal pace with 1 min rest between) + 1/2 mile warm up and 1/2 mile cool down = 5 miles
- Thursday: 3 miles + yoga
- Friday: 8 miles
- Saturday: yoga at the Hard Rock San Diego
- Sunday: working the OC Marathon and may try to sneak in 3-4 miles that day
Have you ever had a calf injury before?
How do you try to prevent running injuries?
Anyone running the OC Marathon? Stop by the Perfect Bar tent and say hello!