Weeks 12 & 13: Wisconsin Half Marathon Training

It's been really quiet around here, training-wise. No Garmin beeps, no guilty-pleasure Girl Talk in my Shuffle,  nothing. The last time I ran was at the Chi-Town 10k on March 24 -- over a week ago.

I look happy because I'm running!

I look happy because I'm running!

Very VERY happy with my 47:59

Very VERY happy with my 47:59

The truth is, I've been kind of scared to start running again. I'm afraid I'll make my ankle worse and end up with a chronic injury that will haunt me the rest of my life. I don't want to play cat-and-mouse with this injury. I'd rather just let it heal than run when it feels 80% and live in total anxiety over the pain for the next month.

It's great to feel an injury start to heal, but it's hard for me to tell when the healing process is over. For the past half-week or longer, I've been on "Ankle Threat Level: GREEN," so I figured it's about time to do a test. This evening after work I laced up my Brooks and attempted an easy 15 minute run to see how things felt. It was fine, I think. It might have felt a tiny bit bruised, for lack of a better term, but it's hard to say because I was on high alert and anxious.

Last Thursday I tried the same type of test and it felt fine then, too. It felt fine at the start line at my 10k last Sunday and fine all throughout my race. It wasn't until afterward that it started to flare up again. So was it fine or not fine all that time? This leads me to exactly two conclusions: either it's fine as long as I don't push it (and therefore my 15 minute run was pretty conservative), or it's NOT fine and is only NOT yelping in pain because it was a very easy run (and therefore I should just let it rest). I'm inclined to assume the latter, to be extra conservative, but the medical advice I got was basically, "so long as it doesn't hurt, you can probably run on it without making it worse," providing I also ice it, take ibuprofin, and do my calf stretches.

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I still want to race WIHM so badly, but I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that it's in one month and I haven't run more than 20mpw since the second week of March. I think I can still make it to the start line if I'm careful, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that I might have to revise my goal. I want that sub 1:45 so bad, but for now I'm just going to take it day-by-day and get in the training I can.

Oh yeah, and I'm also hoping to do this on Sunday:

March 18 - March 24

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- Rest
  • Wednesday- Rest
  • Thursday- 3.3
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- 30 min bike
  • Sunday- 6.2 miles

Total: 9.5

March 25 - March 31

  • Monday- Rest
  • Tuesday- Rest
  • Wednesday- Rest
  • Thursday- Bike (16 mi)
  • Friday- Rest
  • Saturday- Bike (5 miles)
  • Sunday- Bike (13 miles)

Total running miles: ZERO