Week In Review - Week 13

Week in Review
Week 13 (to-go!): 71 miles total (recovery!!) vs. plan of 73
One day off
One long run, 21.65 miles (story below)
One hard workout: 14.25 miles total: 3x10 minutes at 6:00 pace, 20 minutes at goal MP (6:09)

The weather has finally turned cooler, which has been great. I’m such a cold-weather runner, it isn’t funny (PLEASE, Houston, make Jan 14th a very, very cold race day!!!). I’ve loved the change. Plus, it gives me the chance to wear more of the awesome CW-X gear that I received earlier this year. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join their elite athlete team (check it out!), which is beyond cool since I’ve worn their tights for the last 6 of my marathons and think their stuff is great. I’ve always had a hard time with my thighs chaffing (big things, small hips = not fun!). But, I’ve NEVER had any problems chaffing in CW-X, which is why I’m such a huge fan of their products.

This week is a down week (YEAH!!) – 73 planned miles with one planned day off. The last time I’ve taken a day off was on 9/27, which was 24 days and 309 miles ago. Uff. That’s more miles than most high school runners log in a summer! It was probably just a tad too long of a stretch in between days, off, though. I was extremely tight & am now nursing something in my left quad.

I switched my off day to Saturday (vs. scheduled = Thursday) because of a family event. Friday ended up being my long run day, plan of 23 miles. This was the 24th day of running in a row. I did fine through about 16 miles, but then struggled. My right hamstring wasn’t firing and was getting a little worse throughout the run, so stopped several times to stretch it. Hate that old injury. At 19 miles I turned to the left and navigated through some rough ground to avoid being near traffic. I must have strained something in my quad. Ug. I walked/ran the rest of the way home, cutting the scheduled 23 miler to 21.65. It was actually quite painful.

I’m still nursing that quad. Not sure what I did to it, but there’s a sharp pain when I run now. Best to rest it, I’d rather play it safe than sorry.
Lesson learned… do not alter Jerry’s plan to further stretch out my “off” days. There are already very few scheduled, and there’s in there, in a specific spot of the week, FOR A REASON! (Yes, that’s me yelling at myself :))

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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