I am now training for the Run Through Redlands Half-Marathon on April 21st. I have run this race 4 years in a row now, it is important to me to support my local race and run this as my 5th year.
I am ready to start a training program and put my focus back on running. I know this time around, my attention needs to also be on the restorative process to counteract negative impacts of running. In the past while training, my main objective has been to been to push myself to run faster and longer, that got me to finish 9 marathons, but it also got me foot, ankle and knee pain.
I am slowly building up my miles and getting used to running again. I am running 6 miles this weekend. I plan to do my long runs on Saturdays. My training plans for the next few weeks is as follows:
- 2/9- 6 miles
- 2/16- 7 miles
- 2/23- 8 miles
- 3/2- 9 miles
- 3/9- 10 miles
- 3/16- 11 miles
- 3/23- 8 miles
- 3/30- 12-13 miles
- 4/6- 8 miles
- 4/13- 6 miles
Along with my long runs, I am also setting the goal of completing:
- 2 short runs during the week (3-5 miles)
- 3 or more days of yoga
- 2 days of strength training
- stretch after each run (I am really bad about this. I know I should be stretching and I feel better when I do, but generally, I just want to shower and eat.)
- ice after runs when I experience pain (this is another thing I hate taking the time to do)
These goals are probably more important than the long runs, themselves. I know that I need to do these things along side with running, or else I could exacerbate injuries or even worse, create new ones.
Any words of advice or encouragement are appreciated. I feel like I am starting from the beginning again with running.
Anyone else training for a half-marathon? Let’s cheer each other on!