April Training Log:
Like many people, April brought around the sad realization that running races probably weren’t happening anytime soon. It also brought back running (for me). I wasn’t sure if I would be able to start running again in April or May. I’m happy that this particular injury was sooner rather than later. Speaking of races, this is by far my favorite edition of the newsletter so if you’re interested in reading about how races and race directors are being affected by the pandemic, I highly suggest it!
Since April was relatively boring for me, easy runs, and no races, I am just lumping it in with my injury recovery log and training. For individual runs, you can follow me on Strava.
March 1: Calceaneaous Stress Fracture Occurs (Known as the Heel Bone)
Week 1: (March 2-8): Boot, slight pain, and swelling, allowed to swim
Week 2: (March 9-15): Boot, minimal pain, minor swelling, allowed to swim
Week 3: (March 16-22): Boot, no pain or swelling, gyms closed, and almost 0 activity
Week 4: (March 23-29): Boot, no pain, added core
Week 5: (March 30th-April 5): Boot removed, no pain, core, and leisurely walks
Week 6: (April 6th-April 12th): easy walks, 1.5-mile walk-run, core
Week 7: (April 13-April 19): 1.5-2 mile walk-runs, core (Total Walk-Run miles 13)
Week 8: (April 20-26) 2-4 mile walk-runs, core (Total Miles 24)
Week 9: April 27-May X 4-5 mile runs, core
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I REALLY wanted to do the Rabbit Heartbreak Hill Challenge: Run 2.62 miles with 1/2 mile of 91 ft vertical gain (IE the Heartbreak Hill). I had a couple of challenges. First, finding a half mile hill that’s around South Jersey is difficult. So I ran hill repeats to get the elevation gain. Second, 2.62 miles is the longest I’ve run since injury. I knew it was a stretch so added walk-run to be safe. Anyway, the heel felt fine. I am tired.
So What Will May Bring?
My goal for May running is to build a base. I want to run a lot of easy runs, maybe some workouts, and just truck along. My ultimate goal is to build up to 80 miles a week. Probably not may but maybe June. I’ve run all of my PRs are on that mileage.
I have hope some local 5ks will still happen in the summer or fall and I would like to do some of those. I’ll probably do some virtual races as well.
As far as moving, I still have no idea. We could move this month, or next, or December and I won’t know until about 2 weeks prior. So I live in the limbo land of that too. Also trying to figure out moving in the midst of a pandemic and what to do with cats is slightly overwhelming.
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Questions for you:
Are you doing any virtual races? How is your running again?