Technically, this was an even easier week of training, as our taper-down process continues. To me, this concept always seemed counter-intuitive, in a way. You would think the actual marathon would happen at the height of all the heavy miles. Not so, apparently. Every single marathon training program I’ve seen includes this type of wind-down so the body can recover from the hammering it’s taken throughout the training season. Not that I’m complaining. In fact, I’ve appreciated the reprieve this week.
I should probably mention that I’ve had this unexplainable thumb injury going on for at least 2 months now. It seems to be rooted in the muscles that control my thumb near my right palm. Every time I fully extend my thumb, it “pops” as if it’s dislocated. Sometimes it hurts more than other times, and it seems worse when I first wake up. However – it has not affected my drumming and, until a week or two ago, I’ve been able to work around it in my weight-training without much problem. Recently, though, I had to switch over to barbell bench press instead of heavy dumbbells, because it involved less pressure directly on the injured part of my hand. Had a sports medicine doc take a peek at it last week and he confirmed that it wasn’t broken or fractured. Again, I have no earthly idea how or when it happened. Might have to start some real treatment on it after the marathon if it continues…
Sun – 3-4-12: Weights at the gym (#2 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Mon – 3-5-12: The usual easy 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Tue – 3-6-12: Workout #1: 4 miles with running group. Nice and easy at a 10:17 average pace. Had to continually resist the temptation to fly through it. But I’m not taking any chances of straining anything at this point… even on these short runs. Besides, coach said that there would be no real quantifiable benefit to running faster at this point. We’re ready to go; these workouts are just the bare minimum to keep us in condition for the race. Workout #2: Weights at the gym (#2 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Wed – 3-7-12: Ran 4 miles of my usual 5 mile route, then walked the last one. A stone groove, people…
Thu – 3-8-12: Weights at the gym (#2 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Fri – 3-9-12: Day Off.
Sat – 3-10-12: 8 miles with group. A nice and easy 10:04 pace. Not long ago, 8 miles would’ve meant something to me. Now, it means a break. Funny how fast the body adapts to the workloads.
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