Running update

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

First the good news. A few weeks ago I broke the "11-mile barrier". I'd been struggling for months with knee problems that forced me to cut my runs short to avoid further injury. But I did a 13-mile run with no problems. In fact, I felt awesome the entire time. I never felt the least bit sore or tired during or even after the run.

Then, last Saturday I ran my first 15-miler. (I'm following Jeff Galloway's training program where I increase my long run by two miles every other weekend.) By mile 12 I felt pretty drained, and the last few miles I was in bad shape. That evening and all day Sunday I felt like I'd been hit by a garbage truck.

So what gives? Why did adding two lousy miles add so much torture? My best guess is that I was short on sleep the week before this latest long run, and that made the difference. Any ideas?


Will Thomas said...

Congrats on 15 miles and good job on staying injury-free. Sometimes that's the hardest part.

In my opinion, the fact that you felt drained, in bad shape, hit by a garbage truck says you are doing well and pushing your boundaries. Sort of like lifting weights and having it be difficult and then being sore the next day. That's how the body works and gets stronger.

Just keep paying attention to how your body feels to avoid overtraining and getting injured. You should be safe with Galloway's marathong training. I used Hal Higdon's program my 1st time.

My rule of thumb to stay injury-free is to not increase your weekly mileage by more than 10%.

Good luck! Keep it up!

Ryan said...

Awesome! It makes my entire body ache to even think of running one mile, let alone fifteen. I think I'll just stick to my bike. :)

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