However, I know that injuries occur when you overtrain. And I know that easy runs are important too. Not just for recovery, but also for (my) mental health. With the crappy weather that has been this spring in western Washington, I haven't felt like running as much. And, unfortunately, the weather is not getting much better. There are glimpses of the sun, we've had one or two sunny days a week for the last few weeks, but mostly it's clouds and wind and rain. So, having to run hills and deal with the crappy weather, absolutely makes me not want to run. I've been thinking maybe I should throw in an easy run once a week, maybe my 3 mile run that I usually do once a week. But maybe I should do another easy run as well, a 4 mile easy run. . .
Last week I ran 18 miles, with the walk of 7.45 miles, so a total of over 25 miles. I did 2 easy 3 mile runs, and 3 hilly 4 mile runs. Right now my planned runs are 4 miles on Tuesday, 3 miles on Wednesday, 4 miles on Friday, 4-5 miles on Saturday and a long run on Sunday (this last Sunday was 7 hilly miles). I could potentially do hilly runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, that would make my legs tired on Sunday for my long run (the crappy goal I have) but then give me a couple easier runs early in the week to help recover.
And now, after writing that down, I like that idea. Actually, I like that idea better than the first. So that's my plan, 4 easy miles on Tuesday, 3 easy miles on Wednesday and the rest crappy, hilly runs.
Last week my runs were definitely hilly. I was thinking about all the hills in my area that I can run, but they are spaced out, and I don't feel like the half marathon is gonna be that way, according to the elevation profile I've seen, they look right on top of each other. I shared a screenshot I had taken from my phone, but here is a shot taken off the computer, which is actually a better one since it's not all scrunched up.
You can see where I walked 2 times on the last big hills.
I guess I will stick to my plan and hope for the best. Honestly, San Juan Island is a pretty place, so even if I'm walking, I'll have some decent scenery. =)
Today marks one year since I sprained my ankle. It's amazing to me how one event kinda defined a year of my life.
|2 days later|
|one week later|
|the scrape from falling that I still have a scar from|
Sadly I still have twinges here and there in my ankle, but they aren't bad and hasn't been anything that I've been worried about or have avoided running or normal activity from.
I also gained 10 lbs from this incident. Well, I gained 10 lbs from eating too much and not exercising at all. Those 10 lbs are pesky and some are sticking around. I am between 5 and 7 lbs heavier than I was a year ago, which really pisses me off. And every time I think I've started losing it, a few days later I'm up a little again.