Week 11: Wisconsin Half Marathon Training

When I have a medical issue I do what anyone who rarely strays more than arm's length away from the internet would do -- I ask Google. Like a good internet omnivore, I read everything without regard for its "accuracy," and taking all solemn warnings at their word. I tried and tried to find just one Yahoo Answers avatar who would reassure me that my Achilles injury was no big deal. But unfortunately, I came up empty. Pretty much everything I read cautioned not to try running until I'm fully healed. 

I assessed this sobering news in the context of my training cycle. My situation is this: I'm still a ways out from my goal race on May 4 and my running -- even with some less than ideal weeks -- has been solid. I hit my first-ever 30 mile week and then, a few weeks later, reached 40 miles without any drama, pain, or fatigue. Until recently, I was cruising, but still cautious with 2-3 "total rest" days per week. Despite these precautions, anyone who increases mileage like this is probably at increased risk for injury. I guess that's why I'm can't feel too upset about my Achilles. To me, getting a little injury (at least, I hope it's just a little injury) was worth that 40 mile week and that seven mile tempo in an average 7:40-something pace. (For comparison, my 5k PR pace is 7:27.)

This past weekend was either the best-ever or worst-ever weekend to not be running. By now we all know that this weekend was the Weekend of Nonstop Killing It and Crazy PRs. Of course I wished I was out running myself, but I was in a state of inspiration all weekend, and I thank everyone on twitter for that.

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My ankle feels twinge-y, but better. I plan to run on it once this week (likely today) and see how it feels over Friday and Saturday. I'm supposed to be racing the Chi-Town 10k this Sunday. Meanwhile, I've been fixing up my bike as a distraction/contingency plan/something I wanted to do anyway. So we'll see!

March 11 - March 17

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- 8.4 tempo
  • Wednesday- Rest
  • Thursday- Rest
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- Rest
  • Sunday- Rest

Total: 8.4

Is anyone else running the Chi-Town 10k or half marathon? Am I the only person who can't read, write, or speak the phrase, "Chi-Town" without cringing?