Week 14: Wisconsin Half Marathon Training

Breaking news: Being injured is no fun.

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This is brand-new information, I know.

The good news, which I'm afraid to almost afraid to speak aloud, is that it seems like I'm recovering. Week 15 is off to a strong start, so I'm now in a better state of mind to reflect on the dark days of Week 14.

I ran three miles on Monday. And then I raced the Shamrock Shuffle and nearly hugged the podiatrist in the medic tent who told me my ankle "felt like a regular ankle."

The question now is, if my ankle is on the upswing, is it still possible to race-race WIHM on May 4? The last double-digit run I logged was back on February 17. My last full week of training was Week 8. It's painful to think about how much of the fitness I worked so hard to gain is now lost. Still, everything I've read says that fitness comes back pretty quickly, especially after relatively short injuries like this. 

I'm grateful that I did manage both a 10k and an 8k, because they were my only real workouts since my injury. I'm also grateful that I got in so much time on my bike, which isn't the same as running but is a decent workout all the same, and also was really great for my emotional state.

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I'm wearing a vest on one of those photos above (over a wool sweater) and not a down jacket, for the first time in over six months. I  could almost taste how glorious summer will feel when it finally comes.

Oh! One more thing. If anyone's looking for a race in the next couple of weeks, FMLF10 will get you $10 off the FirstMerit Bank Lakefront 10 Miler on April 20, and TWEETGREEN will get you $5 off the Earth Day 5k on April 27. Happy racing!

April 1 - April 7

  • Monday - 3 miles 
  • Tuesday - Rest
  • Wednesday - Rest
  • Thursday - Rest
  • Friday - Rest
  • Saturday - Rest
  • Sunday - 5.55 miles

Total: 8.55 miles + about 30 bike commuting miles.