This year I resolve to train smarter. Not harder, not more, but smarter. That means following exactly what my doctors tell me to do so I can get back to running marathons. The last time I talked about my knee, I mentioned that I was put on Prednisone for 8 days to reduce inflammation. After taking my course of medicine, I was supposed to slowly work my mileage back up over the course of 3 weeks. Typically I would get right back into running and if I felt fine, I would run hard. But I’ve decided that this is the year I am going to train smarter. I am going to run my easy runs (short maintenance and the long runs) easy and save my speedwork for one interval and tempo day a week.
My doctor told me to run very short, easy runs the week following the Prednisone. So that’s what I did.
12/22: 2 miles
12/23: 2 miles
12/24: 5 miles
12/26: 3 miles
12/28: 6 miles
Two weeks after my course of Prednisone I was supposed to run 75% of what I would normally run. So that is what I have done
12/30: 3 miles
1/2: 3 miles
1/3: 2 miles
1/4: 6 miles
*1/7 (this Saturday…and it’s supposed to be 63 degrees and sunny btw 🙂 ): 10 miles
This will set me up to resume running as normal in the 3rd week after taking the medicine (next week). It’s really important that I followed these instructions exactly because my knee needs to actively recover. And I need that to happen because….I have already signed up for all of my spring races (well all but one).
Almost 2 weeks ago, on December 23, I signed up for my first marathon back since the injury, the Glass City Marathon!!
The Glass City Marathon (this year on April 22) is a small marathon in Toledo, Ohio, just 40 minutes from where I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The course, organization, and race perks got really great reviews from runners and…get this…it was only $55!!!!!
I knew I wanted to do a small marathon in the spring and a large one in the fall. I’ve already entered the lottery for the NYC Marathon, but as we know the chances of me getting a bib are small. But that’s ok because there are sooooooo many good marathons out there! I’d run Chicago over NYC any day but because I want to try new races, I plan on signing up for the Marine Corps Marathon, another huge race.
So here is my updated spring race calendar. I had to restrain myself and only sign up for one race a month. More than that and I usually hurt myself. I also tried to mix up the distances as I train for the Glass City Marathon:
1/22 Frostbite 15k, Richmond, VA
2/28 Colonial Half, Williamsburg, VA
3/31 Charlottesville 10 miler
4/22 Glass City Marathon
5/27 Alexandria Half Marathon
Those races will bring me into summer, where I usually do a triathlon series or a mix of races. Then in August I will begin training for either the Marine Corps Marathon or the NYC Marathon.
Let’s hope 2012 is the year I can get back to running the distances I want to be running!!!
Have you signed up for any good races in 2012 yet?