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Returning to Training

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I have been running again now for going seven weeks now and today marked the first time since my return that I hit double digits on a run. 10 miles. It was a muggy and humid 10 miles on the Monon with Marshall and the stroller. Lindsey had a long brick to do for Muncie this morning so I loaded up Marshall and hit the path.

Lindsey ready to hit the road for 50 with Jake. Muncie 70.3 is coming quickly.
Marshall at the end of the muggy 10 mile run. Don’t be fooled. He was ready to be done and so was I.

It has been a slow progressing build back to 10 miles but it is coming back.

Week 1:

  • 4 runs
  • 14 miles
  • 1:51 of run time

Week 2

  • 4 runs
  • 18 miles
  • 2:15 of run time

Week 3

  • 4 runs
  • 20 miles
  • 2:28 of run time

Week 4

  • 4 runs
  • 21 miles
  • 2:37 of run time

Week 5

  • 5 runs
  • 31 miles
  • 3:41 of run time

Week 6

  • 5 runs
  • 30 miles
  • 3:36 of run time

Week 7 (In progress so thus far)

  • 4 runs
  • 30 miles
  • 3:31 of run time

The first couple weeks back all I focused on was getting used to running again. Nothing strenuous. Easy miles. To be honest, it was kind of touch and go for a while with my mind. I had some scar tissue that was flaring up on my hamstring but the more I ran and the more I foam rolled the better it felt.

Beginning in week 5, I started to add some small stress workouts into my running. It has been the Wednesday run. It began with a one mile fast finish near tempo and has grown each week by 1 mile.

So this week was a 3 mile warm up, 3 miles @ descending tempo (6:10, 6:02, 5:45), and a one mile cool down. Good lord…that one hurt on Wednesday. The 3 miles was long enough that it really began to tax me but still short enough that I could handle it. I have yet to decide for next week if I am going to take it up to 4 or ┬ámaintain for another week and then add…my guess is that I will add but we will see.

As it stands today, I am starting to feel really good about my running again. I have 3 or 4 more weeks of base building before Chicago training officially kicks off. I should be up to about 44 miles or so by the time Chicago kicks off and that will provide a nice starting point to ramp up the marathon training. I have yet to attempt a repeat of any sort…but I think that will come in a week or two. That is the last mental and physical check box for my return. I injured myself during a repeat workout so I need to do a repeat workout.

It has been a long road back from my hamstring injury in January but following that 10 miles today I feel good and I am ready to chase down that 2:45 marathon come October.

Anyone currently returning from an injury? Getting ready to start a Fall Marathon plan? Running Chicago?

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