Week 2 was…shall we say, interesting. I’m going to be honest. This week was fairly brutal on my body. I ran the same mileage as last week, but I think my body is having a hard time adjusting to the mileage and time spent on my feet. I also am working full-time while training so I am still moving around quite a bit before or after my runs. I am assuming that in another week or two my body will adjust to the training.
My training this week (7/3-7/9):
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 5.3 miles
Wednesday: 10 miles
Thursday: 3.12 Miles
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 6.1 miles
Total: 28.5 miles
So my training schedule was a bit odd this week. Wednesday ended up being my long run day because I ran with a friend who needed to get in longer miles. No problem for me. As long as I get my long run in I don’t mind changing the day of the week I do it. Tuesday was my roughest day. I felt like my body was weighed down and every mile was a chore. The other problem I had that my calves were on FIRE! They felt really strained and irritated. I did Epsom salt baths, stretched them out, foam rolled them, all to no avail. The only thing that helped was wearing compression socks or my compression tights. I did not use enough Hammer recoverite or fuel during my runs this week. I should have used a gel on my 10 mile run. I did use a gel on my 6 mile run and I felt better. I did take electrolyte water on most of runs this week because of the heat.
Things I could have done differently:
- Use more fuel for my runs. I need to make sure on every run over 4 miles to take fuel with me and take the electrolyte water with me to make sure I don’t fatigue as easily.
- Use compression on most runs. It helped me feel better faster and less fatigues on the runs I did use my tights or compression socks. I will continue to use them while my legs get used to the mileage.
- Do more yoga. I failed miserably this week. I didn’t do yoga any days, so I need to make a better effort to practice my yoga at least twice a week to help stretch my muscles and build a better core.
- Listen to my body. This week I should have cut my miles down to 25 to let my legs rest and recover. It is not a good thing to push through just because you want to stick to a training plan. My calves were not happy and I could feel how strained they were. I could tell even when I was walking how tight they were. I got a massage yesterday to help relieve the stress I put on them as well as taking Monday and Tuesday off this week. Rehab and recovery is just as important as getting the miles in.
This week was a struggle, but I have hope this upcoming week will be better and my body will adjust to everything I am throwing at it. Have a great week guys!