AKA: Even my blisters have blisters.
AKA: Halfway there!
(That’s right, this week was the halfway point of my six month marathon training plan. And despite a couple of setbacks on the way, I’m right on track!)
It’s also the week of my longest run yet – 22.56km. And isn’t that an awesome feeling? 🙂
Here’s Week Thirteen in Numbers:
And since I’ve been worried about possible injuries (my heels :() and apparent lack of progress this week, I decided to log in to Endomondo’s web page for the first time in ages and have a look at my stats.
Among other things I discovered (from the little cup markings next to the days) that I ran a recorded training run PB 10 km on Tuesday. And that I ran my recorded longest distance just yesterday.
Heh. So much about a not so good week. 😉
I poked around in my stats some more and discovered that with my cool down walks, I do a fair bit of walking every week as well.
Actually, if we add walking to the overall mileage, last week doesn’t seem like much of a cutback:
(I also started riding my bike to work on non running days, which I hope to keep up. Never mind that I only have a week of work left before holiday.)
Now, if we leave just running, the cutback weeks, and the steady increase in mileage are all noticeable:
Now. The decisions I have to make.
I run my half marathon in 12 days! Yikes.
According to The Plan, next week is mileage building week (Saturday long run of 24km). This would leave me still working hard less than a week from race time. While my MT believes I have most symptoms of overtraining already.
Is that ok?
Question time! When do I start to taper? I never have, so I’ve no idea!
Decision 2: Which shoes?! Both are comfortable, but very different with their plusses and minuses.
The Inspires are more familiar and in general I like them more, but their toe box isn’t quite wide enough for 2+ hour runs (hence the horrid pinky size blisters on both my big toes) and they lack the forefeet cushioning I need on pavement.
But. They’re lighter, have a lower heel and more flexible forefoot, which suits my running style better and I can feel the ground in them. I adore them for shorter distances and trail running. As long as I keep mostly off pavement they don’t create any issues on long distances as well. (I ran yesterday’s 22km in Inspires and on trails.)
The Nirvanas are more supportive and cushioned. I can actually pound the pavement in them (even if I know I shouldn’t.) They protect my forefeet better. But they’re also heavier, chunkier and the sole is stiffer. It’s not as natural to forefoot or midfoot strike in them and I believe they’re contributing to heel striking (hence the recent heel pain). I ran in Nirvanas today and did my entire run on pavement, which I never would in Inspires.
The half marathon is almost 50-50, with the first half on forest trails and the second on city streets. I just don’t know.
So. Decisions, decisions…