Day of (Cross Training) Rest

Last night before my PM run (first double! Yes!) I just decided: I was going to cross train tomorrow instead of attempting the speed workout as had been written. No matter if the PM run went fine, it was pain free, etc.

Jerry's goal for me is to get back to running every day. So, we're purposefully trying to stretch the number of days I run in a row to try to get me to that point as fast as we can (without re-injuring the area). Easier said than done, mostly because you don't know how much is too much... so I've found myself thinking about my workouts waaay too much lately.

So yesterday, as I was trying to decide if I was being too cautious (by considering pushing the hard workout out - I'm finding myself a little scared to push things now) or too aggressive by thinking that I could string 5 days of running in a row (which had already included my first 20 miler, my first double, and the first time that I had run more than 2 days consecutively) -- I just decided. Tomorrow would be a cross training day. Enough of this wishy-washy thinking, I had wasted too much thought already on the topic.

My deciding factor: if I re-injured myself and was reviewing my training log after the fact, would I have shook my head at the crazy idea that doing a hard workout on the 5th day back in a row was a good idea? Most definitely. And what did I have to lose by being "cautious" and pushing out the speed day? Not much, if anything. So I'll get in 1 or 2 fewer days of running in before the Trials - better that than re-injuring myself.

So there. I will thoroughly enjoy my time on the bike tonight, I'm sure :)

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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