Monday, April 9, 2012

Run Van Training Week 11 Recap

I made some breakthroughs this week.   My injury may be well on the way to being in my past instead of very much a part of my present.

With the appearance of April, it kicked off Kick Ass April - something that has been fun to force my coworker into doing with me (in the office no less).   On Monday, I had a chiropractor appointment so decided to walk over to the clinic and then run the long way home.   My knee nagged me a bit, but I was otherwise running strong and pain free.

Wednesday, I was still on a high from Monday's run so thought I would attempt some treadmill hills.  BIG MISTAKE!  1k in, I was cursing my IT Band and had to finish that workout on the bike.

That was where I had a breakthrough.  I decided that my treadmill is going to be retired for the summer and I will try to figure out what I am doing wrong before next winter.   I love having it, but I am OBVIOUSLY doing something very wrong.   I am going to have hubby film me running on the street and then on the mill so I can figure out where I need to adjust my form.  At least it is now nice enough to run outside..

A chance click on Daily Mile led me to my next breakthrough.   I happened to click over to see my training stats and then scrolled over to see the mileage on my shoes.  My Asics were at 400km.   Now - everything I have read says you should replace between 500 and 800k...but I've never gotten over 400 out of any shoes.   So, off to the store I went and bought myself a new pair.

Sunday was the test...18K.  The longest I have run since my marathon.  I met up with JS and totally rocked a pain free run.   No more naggy knees!  I feel like a rockstar and can't wait to rock the rest of my training this month!

Here was what my week looked like:

Monday: 5K run, 40 mins bike, KAA
Tuesday: Off, KAA
Wednesday:1k run and 25mins bike, KAA
Thursday: 35min walk, KAA
Friday: Off, KAA
Saturday: Off
Sunday: 18K run, KAA



It's hard to believe that in 4 weeks time, Vancouver Marathon will be in the past!!!

And just to add in a bit about my progress on the Ready for Summer Challenge - week 2 went well (ish).  Easter candy and houseguests (ie: eating out) were the bane of my diet, but my meal plan helped me knock that weight down a pound.   I am officially back in the 160s!  WOOT!  I was not as consistent with the workouts, but I did get my Kick Ass April in each day and a couple of bike sessions so I wasn't a total slacker.   The pleasant pain in my posterior tells me I am doing something right so maybe I can channel this into regular strength training for myself!

This week's goals for the challenge:
  • Stick to the meal plan
  • Take the stairs everyday at work (I did this on week 1 as well - it's kind of a personal challenge for April)
  • No candy
  • and a spending challenge - no buying any more running gear. I didn't suddenly become a millionaire and the last couple of weeks, I've been buying too much.  Now I need to just wait for the stuff I bought online to arrive :)

For past weeks on my Run Van journey, check out the links below:

8 comments:

  1. I find running outside a lot easier than the treadmill, it's like I can find MY rythmn outside and the treadmill forces me in to ITS rythmn.

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  2. You have set some great goals. You will rock this week. Have fun.

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  3. You h ave great goals for week 3, and it's all in your hands! I actually find running outside harder, no idea why!

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  4. so close! i wish i were doing van...i'm flying out on vacation the next day very early and i live on the island so we decided to do scotiabank instead...i was sad as the new course for this year sounds so great!

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  5. Good luck with week three and your knee feeling better.

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  6. Reading about your running is SO inspiring!! Hope your knee improves and that you have an amazing week ahead! :)

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  7. I find running outside to be so much easier. I am still constantly afraid the treadmill will fling me off!

    So far so good on the knee front. My new shoes really seem to have nipped that in the bud. Now I can just run for the joy of it again!

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  8. No candy for a week? Count me in!!! I need this goal!!!

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