The Celebration Run half marathon is less than a month away. Which means I’m more than half way through my training.
Let’s do a little check-in on how training is going so far:
Speed work: spin class > track workouts
I’m ok with this. One run of the week, the one I consider speed work, is listed as mileage or cross training in my plan. I knew I wouldn’t give up spin dates and with physical therapy it’s not worth risking an adrenal fatigue flare up. But I think the winter has excellent makings of finding my fast for spring.
Long Runs: les et faire
There’s a fine line between flexible and overly casual. This past Saturday was my first double digit run. It was also my first AM run as I’ve been pushing my long runs late into the afternoon previous weekends.
3 out of 3: 2 out of 3 but all.the.workouts
While I may not have hit all my runs, I haven’t been skipping out on the workouts. Since I’ve been filling up my calendar and am on a shorter training schedule, there simply isn’t time to play musical chairs with my runs.
Strength Training: Scheduled dates with physical therapy + back up options
For the first time, I can give this a solid check. PT is focusing on core & glute work, spin class have also been hitting that area, plus a few yoga & pilates classes mixed in and then there’s always TIU #CharityChallenge workouts if I find a gap.
Stretching & Rolling: Queing up the foam roller & needing to find my mat.
Again, PT dates are helping – quite physically. I’m trying really really hard to be good about stretching post-runs. My left hip has some hot spots for the roller and my right hip is silly and requires lots of stretching. Lots of hip flexor stuff.
Injuries: This hips don’t lie.
I started off this training plan in PT with an injury. My right hip has some sort of impingement going on (not officially dx yet). Oddly enough I’m completely un-bothered by it when running. It’s more every day stuff….like putting on shoes or twisting in my seat. Weird random stuff. My left hip is more familiar running stuff but as long as I give it some love via stretching & rolling I’m not too concern. So despite the PT and sharp pain, I’d this is actually an injury free go around (knock on wood).
Fueling & Preparation: I’ve got this
Every runner needs to plan & fuel. I need to more than the average with the diabetes. I’ve been way too confident in this realm and have made some stupid decisions. Like yesterday’s 4 miler without a meter, fuel or money. Or the 5 miler where I actually went low with a mile to go and no fuel or money. Or not taking in to account timing of insulin or previous meal choices.
Bloodsugars: What pattern?
Going into this my bloodsugars weren’t all that great. No patterns, hard to tell what to expect, yet no major swings from the runs giving me the confidence to leave the meter & fuel at home. It’s a little freeing to not be over-fueling. I’m hitting the tipping point where blood sugars are starting to drop which is a good thing but doesn’t require fistfuls of honey stingers.
Solo vs. Social: Me time
While I’ve been scheduling fitness dates, my runs have been pure solo time.
Routes: Wherever the window blows
By now gained some sense of direction around Boston. Some. Instead of mapping out routes and ID’ing potential fuel stations, I’ve just been able to head out. Some still exploratory routes and a lot of my standard routes. I’ll admit – not many hills included. Hey it’s suppose to be a flat course.
Are you training for anything? Recently run a race?