Happy New Year!
5 more weeks until the Austin Marathon!
The holiday’s sure did get busy didn't they?! So, here is a recap of the last few weeks. Christmas Eve had to be the toughest long run so far. 16 miles in what felt like the most humid Christmas weather ever. Add that to a lot of people being out of town and running that distance alone is challenging!
We ushered in 2017 on New Year’s Eve with a 17-mile-long run! Ha! I don’t think that was intentional, but it made running that many miles a little more significant that day. Plus, that was the longest I had ever run so far! With added distance that week came the repercussions of potentially pushing too much during a high mileage week. Struggling with an injury in the middle of training is no fun. The mental aspect of it is more challenging than the foam rolling and stretching! Not running right now knowing I have a race coming up is difficult, but I have found cycling to be sufficient in getting my legs moving. Coach always says foam roll as much as you can, stretch, and take it easy on easy run days. I thought I was doing enough foam rolling and stretching, but I have to admit, easy runs to me are pretty difficult when you feel like you have to run a particular pace. Now I know why it’s important to do all of those things religiously during training. I have also found that massage is also a runner’s best friend. I now know that it is an essential part of recovery and keeping your muscles ready for the rigors of training. So, when Coach says to look into massage and foam rolling, you do it! Thanks Coach! Hopefully I’ll be back up and running soon in time for 3M. Wish me luck!