So, here's a quick peek at the workouts from last week:
Monday: Yoga for Runners
Tuesday: REST DAY
Wednesday: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 1 with 3 lb. weights
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday: 5+ miles easy at 10:02 minute/mile pace
Saturday: 12+ miles long at 10:10 minute/mile pace and Yoga for Runners
Sunday: 3+ miles fartlek at 9:57 minute/mile pace
Total= 20.39 miles
This is definitely not where I hoped to be in week 5 of marathon training, but sometimes life throws you curveballs. My focus now is on recovering from my injuries-- I do not want to make things worse.
I tried to alleviate my soreness by taking the first half of the week off. When I finally went running on Friday, I felt the best I have all season. The humidity was low (hallelujah!), the sunset was glorious, and my shin splints felt nearly nonexistent. On Saturday, I could feel a vague ache in both shins, but I was able to run 12 slow miles.
On Sunday, I probably made a mistake. I've been so bummed about not hitting my four days of marathon training each week that I forced myself to at least hit three. Although Friday and Saturday were relaxed, by Sunday I felt not so great. On Monday morning, I could really feel the pain, especially in my right leg.
My plan going forward is complicated. I don't want to make things more severe, but I also don't want to miss my races (August 30 and September 6). I'm going to incorporate some backwards running (some people online claim this helps by stretching the lower leg-- we'll just see) and be hyper vigilant about stretching and icing, AND I'll be better about spacing out my runs (no more three in a row streaks). If I still don't feel better after next week's 5k, I'll take 2-3 weeks of total rest.
Wish me luck in my 10k on Sunday!