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Taking the long way round

Training Lag and Managing the Hurt

I’ve fallen behind in posting regularly. So sorry. What I’ve discovered is that it doesn’t always feel so interesting to me to write about training, training, training, especially when much of it is solitary and involves struggling through (what I hope is only) a minor overuse injury. Mentally, that has been a drain and I’ve been in an ongoing funk over it that comes and goes depending on how my last run felt. There are moments of great excitement too- it’s been great fun planning my fatass fundraising fun run and the support has been overwhelming, and Team USA uniforms arrived this past week- a huge bounty of gear that I look forward to wearing with pride!

Two weeks of high mileage (for me) in late February– with most of the second week on the treadmill–  left me with some growing aches and pains in the left calf. It felt like shinsplints, something I haven’t had a lot of experience with, but it was also tender to the touch along the bone, which set off alarms in my head over the possibility of a stress fracture, something I’ve been lucky to have zero experience with so far. During a cutdown week earlier this month I had to cut a workout short, something I hated doing, and luckily got an appointment with my chiro for the same day. He checked the bone and said it was unlikely to be a bone issue (yet), got to work on the muscles and prescribed a day off and seeing how it went on the weekend.

It went well. I felt fine on moderate long runs that Saturday and Sunday. But then it got iffy again the following week during my second speed workout of the week- another one cut short. More easy running and some revisions to my training plan from my coach. Another expensive trip to my chiro. Plenty of sleep. Ice, exercises, massage and rolling. The good news is I’ve nailed some key longer workouts without any pain, including a 2-hour interval session, pacing 1:50 at the NYC half with extra miles before and after, and running a fast-ish hilly 15K in Hong Kong this weekend, again bookended with some easy mileage. Now racing – that is a bit more exciting to write about so I’ll have a full report up soon.

Weeks in Review:


Monday: Rest and acupuncture

Tuesday: 12 miles with long intervals on the treadmill, strength workout

Wednesday: 8 miles with 10×1 hill repeats

Thursday: AM: 4.5 miles easy PM: 3.5 miles treadmill, strength workout

Friday: Deep-water running class, 2 mile walk.

Saturday: 15 miles mostly easy

Sunday: 15.5 miles easy, deep tissue massage


Monday: 3 miles easy, 1 hour elliptical intervals, 3 miles easy

Tuesday: 16-mile long interval workout, strength workout

Wednesday: 5.5 miles easy, 4.5 miles walking

Thursday: AM: 6 miles with some intervals, 3 miles walking

Friday: AM: 3 miles easy PM: 5 miles easy, 2 miles walking

Saturday: 8.5 miles moderate pace

Sunday: 2.5 mile warmup, paced 1:50 at NYC Half, 6 mile cooldown


Monday: 7.5 miles alternating easy and hard effort, chiro and acupuncture

Tuesday: AM: 6.5 miles easy PM: 5 miles easy, strength workout

Wednesday: AM: 5 miles easy PM: 6.5 miles alternating easy and hard

Thursday: 10 miles easy to moderate progression, strength workout

Friday: Off due to travel and the time difference

Saturday: 6.5 miles easy, strength workout

Sunday: 4 mile warmup, 15K race, 4 mile cooldown



  1. Sounds like you’re doing the right things – pulling back, seeing the experts. It’s a tough situation. Sending you good vibes!

    • sky

      March 24, 2015 at 3:41 am

      Thank you! I’m less worried as I get closer to taper time and feel like with a bit more rest everything will hold up.

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