Marathon Training: Twenty-One

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!

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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