If I had to give this week a grade it would probably get an A-. I would say that’s really good considering I have been injured for 2 months plus it’s been ridiculously hot and humid this week. I think mentally I am in a good place with my recovery and I felt significantly better physically this week, which makes me feel like overall it was a success.
That being said, working on running form is no joke. There is so much to think about, and even when I am thinking about what I am supposed to be doing, I am not even sure if I am doing it right. I have been recording myself so that I can see what my form looks like, but that only captures a small snapshot of the run. Plus I know I am being recorded so I am probably trying extra hard to run correctly.
Having my Garmin 620 to monitor my cadence helps a bit. It’s also much easier to think about form cues for 3-5 minutes of running and then take a walking break, than to try to remember them for a full 30 minute run.
I learned some new PT exercises last Monday and was told to do 30 minutes of whichever exercises I wanted every other day. For my runs, I started with about 3-5 minutes of walking and then did 4 minute run/1 minute walk intervals.
Monday: AM: PT exercises plus 30 minute run/walk PM: Went to PT and learned new exercises
Tuesday: Core work and upper body. This was a hodgepodge of workouts including a Pure Barre Tone in 10 and another 10 minute workout that I found online.
Wednesday: PT exercises plus 20 minute run/walk
Thursday: Total body strength workout
Friday: PT exercises and core workout
Saturday: 35 minute run/walk
Sunday: PT exercises
I couldn’t believe how hot and sweaty I got from my runs on Wednesday and Saturday. That heat was no joke! Not sure how anyone training for a marathon right now was able to get a long run done in that.
As for my goals for this week, I foam rolled every day, did 3 run/walks with at least 1 day off from running in between, and kept up with my PT exercises. I also went looking for better work shoes. I did find a comfortable pair of flats, so I am hoping they work out. They seem supportive with a little bit of cushioning, and not too narrow in the toe box. I wore them 3 days this week and my feet felt good, but they were feeling good anyway so I am not sure if there is a direct correlation:)
This week, the plan is to just stay on course. Things are going well but I need to make sure I don’t push too hard too soon.
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Did you experience a heat wave last week? Did you do a long run in it?
How would you grade your workouts last week?
Do you ever record yourself running to see your form?