I was really tempted to not write this post since last week’s training was pretty much nonexistent.
BUT I think it’s really important as a blogger to keep it real and share both the highs and lows that come with training for a half marathon.
I’m frustrated because I was so pumped up to start training after sharing my plan on the blog last week. However, I’m really just struggling balancing my work demands and running.
I’ve always worked full time while training for half marathons and shit even my marathon but it’s always been at a desk job.
I haven’t talked about this much on my blog but back in May (during my running break) I moved into a Field Marketing position at Perfect Bar which requires an insane amount of both physical and mental strength.
Hey, hey hey!
I’m back from a wonderful vacation and now it’s officially time to whip my butt into shape for the SeaWheeze Half Marathon which just happens to be exactly 1 month from today.
As you all know I took the past 2.5 months off of running to let my shin splints and calf heal up. While my legs feel better I’m SO OUT OF RUNNING SHAPE and it’s making me really nervous about running 13.1 miles in 1 month.
So what have I been doing to prepare?
I’ve done some training runs this past week on vacation with my longest run being 5 miles. But since I’ve been home from vacation I really wanted to sit down and develop a game plan for training so I don’t re-injure myself. After spending some time
researching googling training plans to get ready for a half marathon in 1 month I finally found one from Women’s Running that sounded pretty realistic. The plan I am choosing to loosely follow (emphasis on loosely) is their “intermediate runner” plan for someone who can currently run 5-6 miles.
I’m so excited to say that after 2 long months of not running I’M BACK!
I’d been testing my shins/calf over the past couple weeks by speed walking and doing run/walk intervals and to my delight didn’t have any pain. I felt pretty confident that after such a long break I may be ready to return to training and wanted to test my theory with a couple short runs then did a 6 miler with my mom and Bryce last weekend and you guys…completely pain free.
Now let’s be honest here because my shins/calf may have felt great but DAMN did I feel out of shape haha! No joke, 2 miles into my run I was out of breath and my legs felt like they weighed 948759 lbs.
Getting back into shape is going to be challenging but I’m determined to come back stronger than ever and focus on a healthy training plan for the Lululemon SeaWheeze half I have coming up in August. Right now my only goal for this race is to run it smart, listen to my body, soak in the beautiful views of Vancouver and have some fun- more on my training plan and everything in the next couple weeks.
Yes, I know it’s kind of strange to write a race recap for a race I didn’t run BUT my boyfriend, Bryce, and his brother David did run. Bryce is going to make a guest appearance in this post to write his ridiculous race recap.
So grab some coffee and get comfortable because this race recap may just be the craziest thing you’ve ever read and will make you question everything you thought about training/ preparing for a half marathon.
Bryce’s Race Recap:
I have been slaking on my long runs lately, but I had to run because my brother David made us commit to run the race 6 months ago. I had no strategy to speak of for preparing physically. Instead, my race prep started Friday with a dinner that had a lot of noodles. Saturday, we opted for an easy morning poolside yoga class over the more physically demanding yoga-sculpt variety. The poolside class came with a few free drinks so the party accidentally got started early.
10 drinks later we walked next door to the race expo so I could register and we could get our race gear. Next, we went back to the bar and then I went home. Of course, that lead to my being hungover Sunday morning before the race. I woke up when my brother got home from partying just an hour before race time. Yikes.
Taking your first hot yoga class can be intimidating.
I remember being absolutely terrified to take my first class. I didn’t know what to bring, what to expect or what half of the poses were called and my first experience ended up being an absolute disaster.
To get some tips on surviving your first hot yoga class check out this post but I think another part of making your first experience in hot yoga the best it can be is knowing proper hot yoga etiquette. Veteran yogi’s know this etiquette since they practice it multiple times a week but for newbies this whole yoga concept may be completely foreign.
A couple of weeks ago I announced on my blog that I’d be taking a break from running to let my shin splints and right calf heal.
For most people this would be an easy (and probably very welcomed) break but for me it was actually terrifying.
I don’t just run to stay in shape…I run for my sanity – It’s how I de-stress after a long day, it’s when I do my best thinking for my blog/work and it gives me a sense of accomplishment nothing else gives me. So without running WTF am I supposed to do?
Well, considering my body gave me no other choice but to stop running I’ve had to find ways to stay active (and sane) that don’t involve putting a ton of stress on my muscles/ joints.
Thankfully, I’ve found a few types of workouts (discussed below) that have really helped get me through this running break. I’ve actually really enjoyed slowing down and cutting back on my super intense workouts. I feel like my body is way less puffy, I have more control over food cravings and I see more muscle definition that ever before. It’s been incredibly eye opening to realize SH*T maybe I was really over training and doing more harm than good for my body.
Lesson learned, sometimes less is more.
Last week I shared the unfortunate news that my right calf has been causing me a lot of pain and discomfort. Well, I attempted to ease back into training this past week and things have just gotten worse.
I’m not a doctor but I think the extra stress on my lower legs with my calf being irritated has caused my shin splints to really flare up. I’ve battled with shin splints since High School but I can honestly say I have never experienced shin pain like I did this past week.
My week of training actually started out well. I had one good run with minimal pain but then tried running Thursday and felt pain with every step and Friday didn’t even make it 1.5 miles before the pain got so excruciating I had to stop and
walk limp back to my car.
On Friday hobbling back to my car I came to the conclusion that I needed to take some time off running. I’ve been training every single week for almost 2 years and my body is just screaming at me that I need a break. I’m honestly at the point where I can hardly walk without being in pain and know if I don’t stop and take care of myself something really bad like a stress fracture is going to occur.
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.
We’re just going to jump right into this post because it’s going to be a long one.
I swear you can’t even make up the crazy things that seem to happen the day before/ day of a race. On Saturday I had to go pick up my mom from the airport at 8:00 pm. I figured this would be perfect…I’d grab her, drive up to my parents house then just stay the night and could leave from their house for the La Jolla Half in the morning.
So I show up to the airport and park in the cell phone lot where you can chill until people’s flights arrive. I turned my car off and sat for about 25 minutes waiting for her to text me that she had landed. When I went to start my car to drive over and grab her…DEAD! My car had completely died. We’re talking would only make a terrible clicking sound when I tried to start it status.
Balancing working full time and training for a half marathon can be challenging.
Do you run before work? After work? What if you get stuck on a project and have to skip a run?
I am not a morning person AT ALL so unfortunately most of my running has to be done after work. With that comes the added morning stress of packing to be sure to have I have clothes, fuel, sunscreen, body glide, a hat…etc.
Over the past few months I can’t tell you all how many times I forgot my Clif Shot Bloks or Body Glide and debated skipping my run. I never actually skip my runs BUT they’re certainly just a little less enjoyable when I’m missing one of my running essentials.