Training, Pulling a Muscle and a Half Marathon

When I put it that way, it sounds like I had a pretty intense week I guess.

  Core: Workout:
Monday: 50 crunches 10.61 miles (treadmill)
1 hour elliptical
Tuesday: 50 crunches 2 hours elliptical
Wednesday: Nike Core crunch 11.4 miles (treadmill)
1 hour elliptical
Thursday: 50 crunches 10.5 miles (treadmill)
6.04 miles tempo treadmill (7:23 pace)
Friday: 50 crunches 10.7 miles treadmill easy
Saturday 60 crunches 10.6 miles treadmill easy
Sunday:   Lake Effect Half Marathon


Thoughts of this week:

The first few days of the week, you may (or may not…) have seen me complaining about my hip.  I pulled a muscle directly above my butt and it made it hurt to do much of anything.  I actually pulled the darn thing from stretching a few days back and it didn’t make it any worse to run on it, it just didn’t feel good. I decided to take 48 hours away from running and if it was still feeling bad, I’d get it checked out.

I also decided to do some elliptical and cross train a bit more (I seemed to have lost that lately being busy) which seemed to make it feel a lot better.   I’m not sure why the cycling motion of the elliptical I use (Precor 100i) helped so much but the different motion felt five times better everytime I left.   My pain was nearly gone by my run on Wednesday morning and it was gone by Thursday.  Nothing like a pulled muscle to make you nervous for the first race you have done in a month and a half.

That being said, I’ll probably just continue to add some cross training in so work different muscles.  My running has been going (knock on wood)  great, but who knows with the treadmill really.  I would like to get off that thing in the near future…oh like when Spring Break happens and I get time off from work.  (That is a post that I’ll write about sometime in the near future…).

Thoughts for my Half Marathon: 

I’ll probably write a race recap sometime soon and post it next week after I actually run it, though isn’t it the trend with bloggers to write a post or product review before they actually try it?  I don’t have any goals for the race seeing as it’s snowy and icy as well as wind.  I have said quite a few times that I had no goals and I know a PR is out of the question due to the weather plus fact that I have done no speed work.  Not some speedwork or a dash of speedwork…no speedwork.

In fact all I really run are 10 milers in the morning before work on a treadmill…by all I really run I mean all that I personally run…I’m not saying it’s not a huge ass commitment or that it isn’t time consuming.  I’m also not belittling myself, merely saying all I do is ten milers…not all I do is ten milers and I want to do more.  If I wanted to do more I would…but I don’t and that is that.  Did you follow all of that?  I’m also untapered (if you look there I ran 10 miles yesterday).  What am I even babbling about?  That being said, I don’t really care that much because it will be nice to see where I am kind of at.  I feel like I have better luck predicting what color your great aunt Mildreds underwear are then to tell you what sort of race I could run.

Question for you:  What was your favorite workout this week? 

Categories: Tags: , , ,


  1. You amaze me. just doing a half marathon after a week of mileage like that, no taper, no nothing like it’s no big deal. I know it actually is a big deal but it’s still impressive. The longest run I had done before my half last summer was 10 miles and I was totally fine. Maybe not as fast as I could have been, but fine. I like that last sentence about the underwear. Haha can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    1. I would have mini tapered if the weather conditions were better but I’m truly trying to just finish this one LOL. The snow is packed enough I guess that they say it’s similar to trails. I hope I don’t fall…that’s probably my main goal.

  2. Hollie, you are superwoman–completing that mileage without tapering before a half would be the demise of most (including me!), but I know you’ll do great today. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  3. I swear, I always feel like I pull a muscle, strain something, or have random aches right before a race. it usually all works out though. I’m glad your hip/muscle is feeling better!

  4. Have fun today! I can’t imagine what it will be like, but it sounds pretty intense! I think when I had my hip pain it was the same muscle (sounds similar) I was no fun. I am glad you are feeling back to normal. O and can Spring Break hurry up!

  5. I don’t bother with tapering either – even after one day ‘off’ I am walking like a robot from being so stiff so I doubt it would be helpful for me come race day, despite the science behind it. Plus, I don’t need back pain from my scoliosis bugging me from sitting around for multiple days. I’ve never tapered for any race – I think we all function differently and should just go along with whatever feels most appropriate.

    Ugh, I always feel like one of other of my old stress-fractures in my pelvis is playing up the closer I get to a race weekend. It completely psyches me out and it’s been making me hold back in half-marathons in particular. I’m afraid to run fast (or my version of ‘fast’) any more 🙁

    Hope the race is going/went well!


    1. Thanks Jess! I’ve actually done a lot of research regarding taper and I think it’s very split. My coach has said there is no need for a full taper for a half marathon…(meaning 3 weeks or something). I ran my fastest half ever on like a half week taper personally. 🙂

  6. sometimes we just need to run races to run them, not care about time or stress about them before or taper. I think those kind of races are just meant in training. that is what rock n roll is going to be for me and it gets me excited just to think I get run without really caring about the end result. good luck today, may the wind by on your side!

  7. After seeing your IG picture I know you spanked this race, so awesome job!! Also I am glad your hip is feeling good, and that it felt better after some solid rest.

  8. I just read your Daily mile and it looks like you had a good race so congrats. I hope there’s nothing seriously wrong with your hip, glad you were able to get back in the running game after a few days of cross training. Congrats on the half, I can’t wait to read more of a recap on here. Love how you just jumped in like whatever, without speedwork and taper. It’s awesome to race really carefree like that sometimes!

  9. hahaha love the babbling. I’m glad the pulled butt muscle worked itself out! I feel like active recovery of some sort to mobilize the tissue in a different way than running does is always the way to go. Saw your facebook/daily mile updates and it sounds like you had a really good race! Not a PR but 3rd place and considering the no-taper+ weather conditions….definitely excited to see what you’re gonna be doing in the spring!! 😀

  10. Hope your half yesterday was great! I’ve had the same nagging pain in my butt (between my lower back & deep in butt cheek). I know, probably too graphic. 🙂 That said, what really helped me was stretching my opposite hip a lot. So, if your left butt hurts, stretching your right hip. Anyway, might be worth a try.

    Huge week for you!

  11. You had a kick ass week! You may not have tapered or anything but still knew you would kick ass, you are going to have a great year racing. P.S. I know you are running spring forward 15k now…but if you wanna run around the bay 30k with me the weekend before, I have a free bib for you if you want it, you could ride up with us. John can’t run so you could use his bib.

  12. Glad to hear that the pain you were experiencing eventually went away with the elliptical work… or taking a few days off of running, ya know what I am saying. PHEWWW for that, we don’t want anyone getting any sort of injuries at all please 🙂
    And I have said this many times, but you are a true beast… all of that before the half! I hope it went well dear!

Comments are closed.