Sam loves running too!
One of the first things you usually learn when training for a half or full marathon is that it’s not a good idea to increase your mileage by more than 10% each week (give or take a bit). So I should have expected a problem when I not so gradually increased my weekly mileage, even though I felt fine for weeks. After one day of running almost 41km (I ran 32 in the morning and 8.6 with my sister later that day), my knee started hurting. This forced me to take a week off of running and a week on of as many spin classes as I could force myself to get to… which turned out to be 7 before chest pains forced me to take a couple days off. My self diagnosis (okay, the chiropractor may have helped in this diagnosis) is that it was caused by a trigger point in the scalene muscles. If anyone ever experiences this it’s real scary. It felt like what I imagine the beginning of a heart attack must feel like. It happened one afternoon at spin class, and then again the next morning during spin class. All health care professionals seem to conclude the same thing- my body wanted some rest.
When training for a marathon, especially one where you want a PR, it’s difficult to know how hard to push your body and how to tell when you actually need a break vs. when you’re just being lazy. Hungry Runner Girl blogged about this a little the other day and posted an article from Running Times. Another thing I’ve learned in run clinics and probably have read in running magazines is to record your resting heart rate every morning before you get out of bed. If it’s higher than normal one day you should probably take a day off of running.
It’s also hard not to compare yourself to other runners who seem to log 100 mile weeks without any problems. If they can run 75-100 miles a week, I should probably at least be running 50, right? Lesson- don’t compare yourself to other runners and rest days are important.
However, probably try not to let your rest days involve eating a whole 200g bag of mini eggs in one day like mine did. I’m ashamed, but I couldn’t stop myself.
In other news- I’ve started swimming lessons. One of my life goals is to complete an Ironman, but I figure I should probably start by learning how to swim at least 50m without stopping. I grew up near the ocean and “going swimming” in lakes/ponds was a daily occurrence. Our town didn’t have a pool though, and so I have yet to perfect the front crawl. IT’S HARD! I can run for 4 hours without stopping, but put me in a pool and I can’t go four MINUTES without needing a break. I’ve been practicing with flippers because they make me swim at a normal human pace instead of taking 5 minutes for 50m. This has lead to other problems:
I will end with some cute pictures of Sam. I can’t help it… I’m at home all day with him and he’s just SO CUTE all the time.
Anyone else take their dogs running with them? (twice in one day random people told me I was going to kill my dog by “making it run with me”. okay so we were doing stair repeats, but he was running up them faster than I was!)
What’s your favourite Easter treat?