Total Training hours last week: 14:30
15 weeks until IMMT
5 weeks until my next race: Patriot Half Ironman
Last week was the highest volume week I’ve had in a while! I had a productive week and weekend of training, with lots of time spent outdoors whenever I could. I typically do all of my week day rides in the basement on my trainer. Since I always ride in the early morning hours, it’s more convenient and safe to go down to my basement. I did my 3 hour bike ride on Saturday on my trainer due to rain (blah), but I watched a movie and zoned in.. I was done before I knew it! I am still not in the open water yet (water is too cold here!), so I’ve been at the pool 3+ days/week. All of my runs last week and this weekend were done outdoors, which was fantastic of course. My favorite place to run is a pond/trails that are 1.5 miles from our house. I typically run to the pond, run on the trails surrounding the pond, and then back to my house. This run is about 6.5 miles. If I have to go longer, I’ll just do an extra loop at the pond. The wooded trails surrounding the pond are just over 3 miles, and love how I don’t have to run on pavement the entire time. I also discovered yesterday, there are additional trail networks around the pond, had fun exploring those!
Here is what I was up to last week!
Swimming: 10,400 yards (~ 6 miles)
Biking: ~ 90 miles
Running: 30 miles
All of my training is designed by my coach
Swim 2900 yards (was supposed to be less, but wanted to swim longer!)
Run 30 min
Swim 3,000 yds
Run 40 min
Swim 3,000 yds
Run 50 min
Bike 3:00 at Zone 1 HR (indoors, it was raining)
TRX upper body workout
Recovery run 26 min
Walk Oliver 2.5 miles
Swim 1500 yds, steady swim
Bike 1 hour with 10 x 30 second sprints
How I’m feeling overall:
I feel great! Except for my left heel. While training for Boston, I talked about my heel pain. I actually took 5 weeks off from running this winter and the pain subsided (a little bit). I knew that running Boston would put me at risk for a flare up, but I was willing to take the chance. Well, since Boston, my heel has had a nagging pain and it doesn’t want to go away. From my MRI, I know that I have some form of plantar fasciitis, but that’s actually not what’s causing my pain. Through talking to my health care providers and doing research, heel pain is not always PF, it can actually be other things (that’s why an MRI is good to have if you’re not sure!). I have heel necrosis (i.e. dead tissue in my heel fat pad). Fat pads are located beneath the heel bone of each foot and serve as shock absorbers when running, exercising or walking. When these tissues break down, you can develop necrosis of the heel fat pad. It’s VERY painful, but NOT when I run. It actually doesn’t hurt at all when I run. I ran the Boston Marathon for 26.2 miles with no heel pain (because I’m not hitting the spot when I run). The pain however, is with me all day, every day, whenever I’m standing or walking for long periods of time. For someone who is SUPER active like myself, it’s very frustrating and hurts! What makes it better is wearing shoes with a lot of cushioning in the heel (like my OOFOS that I reviewed on Friday!). Sadly, the only way this is going to go away is if I stop doing anything on my feet… which we all know isn’t going to happen. In the meantime, I’m just going to wear shoes with a ton of cushioning and see my Chiropractor weekly for massage, electric stimulation, etc.. and pray that it starts to heal.. Trying to be optimistic here. My doctor says this should not affect IMMT, I hope he’s right!
How was your training last week?