Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back at blogging-Woo-hoo!

1. I'm back! I had purposefully taken time off from documenting my workouts, blogging and reading every one's blogs. It was more just for me mentally, so I could just remain relaxed and focused with my second time around at PT, for a new injury. I LOVED reading every one's training, and race reports, but I found it also got me a little down because I was missing out on it all....so I closed it up, and just relaxed. I had a goal to get out of THIS injury the right way-compared to how I rushed myself back after the broken ankle. I felt if I conitnued to read other's training blogs, I would potentially fall in my old pattern....of wanting to keep up.
(Plus, I had no where to write my excitement about my workout times, except for Facebook- and I can't elaborate much on FB status about my workout! :p)

2. To sum up my recovery:
I did 4 weeks of PT, during those 4 weeks-I was cleared to run again after 2 weeks of being grounded from running all together. I built a base during those 4 weeks of running, pool running, swimming and strength building-after those 4 weeks of base building, I was finally cleared to return to tempo work outs.
I was recently just cleared to return to speed workouts 3 weeks ago! (whew!)
My "long runs" started at 6 miles, slowly pregressing up to 8-10 miles 4 weeks ago. (the last 3 weeks have been 10 mile long run distance.)
According my pre-marathon training plan, and Coaches news letter, I will not start increasing my long run miles until I am inside 16 weeks from my marathon race date.
I increased my weekly mileage slowly from the day I was cleared. It took me 8 weeks to get up to 28 miles a week. The last 2 weeks I have been at 30 miles a week. I will begin to appropriately increase my mileage up to 40, beginning in June; and per Coach George's recommnedation, will peak at 50miles in full marathon training mode.
It was baby steps back, for sure, but my body is most definitely happier this time around. (I pray everyday that it continues too remain happy and cooperative.)

3.My speed work times are already much faster than they were last year at all effort. I don't feel exerted or that I pushing, actually I am quite comfortable at my new pace, and I love it! I'm excited!!! (and hopeful) NO MORE INJURIES...you hear my God ;)

4. I have a 5k this Saturday! Save the Trail 5k. Last Thursday my 5k tempo was 23:16. I was definitely not at race effort.
I am hoping to try to be <23 minutes. My PR is 22:50, but I know my fittness level is not where I could hope for <22:50, so I just want a 22:5x.
It's my 1st race back in a LONG while, I just to gage where I am with my fitness level after 5 weeks of tempo.

5. Next races:
Lawyers Have a Heart 10k
*Independence 5k
*Rockvile Twilight 5 miler
*Leesburg 20k
*Philly Half
Steamtown Marathon


Okay, that's it for now! Thanks for reading :) Love!


  1. Welcome back! Good luck this weekend - You'll do great. Look how close to your PR your tempo was last week! yay!

  2. Nice race schedule lined up. I have been following your track workouts on FB and you are making a nice comeback! Congrats!