The decision has been made. I won’t be running the Athens Marathon this year. But, I WILL be running the Athens Half Marathon this year.
In the wake of my IT band issues and in the interests of coming back strong and giving Marathon #2 all that I have to give, I’m going to wait. I want redemption, not a hobble to the finish, better judgement be damned.
You might think I’d be bummed.
But, I’m very happy about this decision and excited about the all the new physical challenges that I’m adding to my running routine.
I may have decided to forgo 26.2 for now, but I can still sum up Week 6 in 2 words:
That’s because week 6 looked like this:
- Monday: Rest. I spent the day babysitting my niece – that was a workout in and of itself!
- Tuesday: 60 minutes of cardio (elliptical/stairs), planks, IT Band rehab.
- Wednesday: 1 mile @ 10:24, NO PAIN! 20 minutes on bike, legs.
- Thursday: Rest, IT Band rehab.
- Friday: 2 miles @ 11:24, 30 min on the elliptical, plank variations (Thanks to Tina Reale!) IT band rehab, arms.
- Saturday: Climbing (5 routes), Swam 200m
- Sunday: 3 miles @ 10:30, Climbing (6 routes), IT Band rehab.
Weekly Running Total: 6 miles
It was an AWESOME week. I got really comfortable in they gym and did everything except take a yoga or group fitness class. I saw a really fun one today that I’ll be hitting up soon. Hip Hop Zumba? Yes plz. Those people were DRIPPING in sweat 3 minutes in. My 6 miles for the week were all run on the treadmill since I wanted to take it easy and see how my legs would hold up. I’ll be hitting the streets again this week, though, and I’m excited!
The huz & I climbed twice this weekend and it was FANTASTIC. It felt so great to be back, and although I’ll need to build back some muscle strength, I did surprisingly well considering I hadn’t touched rock (or plastic…) in well over a year. I was still able to finesse my way through most anything, including a pretty steep overhang – that’s where good technique comes in! It reminded me what an AMAZING total body workout climbing is – arms, chest, shoulders, abs, legs… it all gets worked, and in different ways on every route. My forearms were pumped beyond belief – I had to ask for help getting my locker open because I literally couldn’t grip the key enough to get it in. My skin is definitely feeling tender, but those calluses will be back in no time. Climbing will be the PERFECT compliment to my running in the long run.
After climbing on Saturday, Ian and I hit the pool for a few laps. We made it 200 meters before deciding we better not kill ourselves. Swimmers we are not – good thing our main objective was the hot tub. I gotta say, 200 meters kicked my butt.
I’ll be back, pool… I’ll be back.