Week 10 is complete which is kind of scary because that means there are only 4 more weeks to go! And only one more week until I start to taper! This training cycle has gone much faster than others so far and that is most likely because 14 weeks of training is less than the 16-18 I have done in the past. I guess we will see if it makes a difference on November 23, but at this point I am glad I am not sick of the whole marathon training thing!
Philadelphia Marathon Training Week 10 (10/19-10/25)
Monday: 8 miles easy, core work
Tuesday: 6 miles steady state (7:55-8:15 pace) (7:58 pace overall), PM- 60 minutes hot yoga
Wednesday: 6.1 miles easy in the rain, strength workout
Thursday: no running, core work
Friday: 4.07 miles easy, core work
Saturday: 16.53 miles (8:58 pace)
The weather was perfect for this run, but my body didn’t really want to cooperate. My training plan said “17 with 3 at MGP”. My piriformis started to feel tight around mile 10 and I debated whether or not to stop. It would come and go, so I ended up just cutting it a little bit short but ran the whole thing easy. I may regret doing 16, but let’s hope not.
Total: 40.7 miles
I probably could have planned this week out a little better as I was recovering from the half-marathon. I was sore on Sunday, but wasn’t sore anymore when I woke up on Monday and had the urge to move my legs. It felt good to do an easy 8 and then a moderately harder 6 miles on Tuesday. By Wednesday, I got worried that I had pushed too hard after the race. I was noticing that my piriformis was tight (if you have ever dealt with this you know how annoying it can be!) and despite seeing my chiro on Monday and lots of foam rolling it wasn’t loosening up. I ended up not running on Thursday and I debated taking off Friday too but woke up and it was no longer tight so I did an easy 4. It all sounds so simple now but during the week it was all stressful like OMG what will happen to my life if I skip a run. A little dramatic, huh?
I was frustrated and disappointed that it was tight again on Saturday, and I think I need to take some time to reevaluate things this week. I’m already planning to go to yoga on Sunday and I have an extra chiro appointment scheduled so if I need to I can go there on Monday and Wednesday. My problem is that the last time that this muscle was tight I took over 2 months off from running and did PT and it didn’t improve at all. I eventually gave up and started running again, and it finally went away once I got ART and dry needling. So the stupid part of me keeps thinking that time off running won’t help. But the smarter part of me is trying to remember that maybe some time off can keep it from getting so bad in the first place.
How were your workouts this week?
Do you get stressed out when you change around your schedule or take an extra rest day?
Have you ever dealt with a tight piriformis? If so, what did you do about it?