It’s hard to believe but the Nike Women’s Half Marathon is just about a month away! Ok, so mentally I can’t believe it but physically I can. My body is starting to show the wear and tear of increased training. I’ve been more tired than usual and my runner’s knee has started to flare up again. From experience, I now know that it is time for me to scale back a little bit so that I can arrive on race day healthy and ready to attack those miles and hills.
I have loosely been following one of Hal Higdon’s training plans. By loosely, I mean I do more than what is on the plan. In addition to this plan , I also add in a fun run with a friend just about every week and every other day I also do push-ups, crunches and a plank. Those few items might not sound like much but it’s time for me to let those things go so my focus and energy can be spent on building mileage for the race. In my runs I also incorporate hill work and speed work. The hill work will remain in my training regimen since the Nike Women’s Half is a hilly course, but this will be my last week of speedwork since my 5k race is almost here. (Hoping to accomplish my 27 mins or less 5k goal!) To combat my runner’s knee I have been icing, foam rolling and doing cross training that isn’t very high impact. This mean saying good-bye to Insanity until the knee is feeling normal again. I’ve also been trying to get more sleep, but that is easier said than done.
I won’t be going to San Francisco JUST for the race. Although that was the reason behind the trip and it will consume a lot of our time when we are there. I am also going to sight see and enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer. Or at least all we can cram into our extra time. If you haven’t gathered by now, we means Mr. Sarcastic is coming with me. I am really excited to go on this trip with him. It will be our first trip sans kids and neither of us have ever been to San Fran or to California for that matter. I have been perusing this visitors guide trying to make the best use of our time.
Have you been to San Fran? What are the must dos? And how do you deal with the wear and tear caused by training?