Carterusm with Spoons
Carter - how's the ankle now?
Carter - do you think you'll be able to do your LSR tomorrow ? If the ankle is not fully better I would only do a short run at most. You have loads of miles in the tank to compensate for a reduced run.
I am planning mine for about noon and hoping to get 14 / 15 miles in. For some reason I am really tired tonight.
Ok..will let you off if injured. Oooo new trainers- exciting times!! Hope they're a nice colour!!
Maybe take tomorrow off and see how you are on Sunday.
They'll probably put me in a wheelchair.....
Long time lurker but first time poster. I am registered for VLM 2013 and aiming for 3:45-4:00 ish. Bit about me...
I turn 27 just before VLM, started running recreationally around Autumn 2011, purely for fitness but now have the bug. In September 2012 I did the Ealing Half Marathon in 1:49. My training for it was really flawed: because I started out in 2011 with 2-4 milers, I used to always run them as fast as I could (using RunKeeper on my phone to see if I had beat my previous best). This was fine, but I continued doing it whilst upping the mileage for HM (didn't follow a training plan, just went running every 3-4 days) resulting in 11 mile weekend runs at 8 min/mile pace! Mental.
Anyways, you can guess what happened: I got injured. Two weeks before the HM I felt a pain in the inside of my left tibia where it is attached to the bone. I ignored it and ran through the pain. After the DOMS had subsided post-HM the leg still hurt. I went to a physio and was diagnosed with medial tibial stress syndrome. For all of October and November my only exercise was swimming, bike and some incline treadmill running (recommended by physio and does not cause the shin splints to flare up).
I started running again on December 19th - first two weeks doing 1-2 miles every other day. Now though I am following Higdon Novice 1 (http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51137/Marathon-Novice-1-Training-Program) -- the problem is the splints have not totally healed. I have to ice/heat, foam roll and stretch after every run. I'm also taking ibuprofen to prevent any inflammation immediately post-run. The one positive is that they haven't worsoned (yet??) eight runs into my training plan. If I wasn't injured I would be following a plan with more mileage, but I am treading a fine line here and need a lot of recovery time. This week I have done 3, 4, 3 milers (at around 9 min/mile pace) and tomorrow will do 6 miles at 9:30/mile. Next week I have 3, 4, 3 and 9 miles in the schedule. I think the 9 miler will be a real indicator of whether my leg will hold out during this marathon training plan.
At this point I will be chuffed with simply making it to the start line in a fit state. Setting a goal time is not an option right now.
My advice to everyone is to SLOW DOWN. I injured myself because my aerobic engine improved more quickly than my muscle conditioning. Four months on and I am still not 100% healed (although a LOT better). In a way, this has been a blessing in disguise for me because during my down time I read Advanced Marathon Training and have spoken a lot to a friend who has Boston Qualified. I laugh now at the idea that I had no idea of the concept of a Long Slow Run less than six months ago.
In February I am doing the Race Your Pace HM at Eton Dorney but will treat it as a LSR training run. If I race it I will likely ruin my leg again. But it'll still be a good experience of race day conditions.
Wow - apologies for the long post! Hopefully it's useful for some people. I will keep you all updated with my progress; it'll be interesting to see if I can make it through the training and race in one piece.
Also, if anyone has any advice or experience of what I am going through, I'd be delighted to hear it! Cheers.
CW- sounds like a classic tale of too much, too fast, too soon. Hopefully all will hold together for this campaign- I did my ITB the first time I trained for a marathon- ended up running off only 1x 18 miler, and a couple of 16 milers, everything ( including the race itself) was run/ walked, but still manged 4:20 - don't be afraid to run/ walk the LRS's if it keeps you safe- take it easy, though.
4hr should be fairly easy to manage off a HM time of 1:49 - I've done it off that time- and it sounds like you've never tried training properly, so if you manage to get through the trainig this time, you clearly have much more potential than I do ( and age is on your side!). Good luck.
LSR complete. 14.5 miles. 9:35 mm pace. Going for a long soak in the bath.
Good running Carl!
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