This week was all about trying to let this light strain in my soleus heal up while keeping up with the training, so I could do the big 22-miler on Saturday. I did do a 20 a few weeks ago, but I had to swap out last weekend’s 20 with a 14. So, It would be important for me – psychologically and otherwise – to hit the big 22. And I did…
Sun – 2-19-12: Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Mon – 2-20-12: Easy 30-minute walk on the treadmill. Still nursing this soleus strain along. Feeling better.
Tue – 2-21-12: Workout #1: 6 miles with running group. The strain is better, but if I had to do the run all over again, I wouldn’t have taken that hill tonight, even though I took it easy. Still feel it a bit. Hope this son-of-a-bitch heals up in a hurry. Got 22 I have to do on Saturday! Workout #2: Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Wed – 2-22-12: Day off (decided to give this soleus strain an extra day of rest)
Thu – 2-23-12: Got out there at 6:30 AM and did 10 miles on my own; the usual double-route. Felt a little tightness with my strain during the first 5 miles, but I actually felt it less the second half. Slow 10:50 pace… just trying to let this shit heal up.
Fri – 2-24-12: Weights at the gym (Free-form) Yesterday was another impossible day to hit the weights, so I had to squeeze in a quick and easy free-form one today.
Sat – 2-25-12: 22 miles with the running group and… no problem! It was unreal – felt fucking great, actually… could’ve kept going. Yes, I took it easy with a 10:27 pace, and a couple quick water breaks. And yes, it was long as hell, and I was walking around like an old man afterward. But it was a pretty comfortable run. Not one peep out of that soleus strain.
One thing I’ve noticed with the couple times I’ve gotten into a 20+miles range, is that I seem to hit a second wind around 18 miles. Not sure what or why that is. (An advanced form of runner’s high?) I feel a sense of elation… like all of these chemicals are surging through my veins and I could run forever. Hope it happens again on race day!