WEEK 5: BMO Vancouver Marathon Training
Training for the BMO Vancouver Marathon is going well! My husband and I did a long run this week of 10 miles! I’m feeling that it is really going well other than my sincere complaints about running in the cold and the rain here in Seattle. But that’s me. I enjoy my warm cocoon and I’m not always thrilled to leave it for a run. Hot showers and warm slippers never felt so good!
Last weekend we did a 9 mile run. Monday, when I returned to work I had an amazing feeling of accomplishment and pride to say I cranked out a 9 miler over the weekend. Perhaps THAT’s when my “runners high” shows up?! A few days after my runs. Ha!
One thing I’m noticing (of course) is that my body is stiff – especially my calves. During triathlon season I have other ways to workout. I also bike and swim… so my body gets to “mix-it-up”. Right now though, I’m mostly just focusing on running with yoga and a few pool swims on my cross-training days. (Just because I love to swim.)
Last year I thought it would be the year of my first marathon. I signed up for the Seattle Rock n’ Roll marathon. But while just beginning my training, I made a bad decision to get new shoes and amp up my miles at nearly the same time. I also did NOT switch my inserts into my new shoes (rookie mistake!) and I ended up pulling a muscle in my calf. (Here’s my blog post about that.) I’ve had other running related issues in the past like plantar fasciitis. That’s something that, although painful, you can still run on. A pulled calf muscle? You cannot.
I stayed off of it for an entire week. Then I tried to run on it again. No go. It took a LONG time to heal and I ended up having to go to physical therapy to get it better. I eventually had to back down from the marathon to just the 1/2 since I did not have enough time left to train for the full 26.2.
That’s why this time with such stiffness in my calves, I’m worried. I want to be able to run the FULL marathon in Vancouver. So, I finally invested in a foam roller.
The foam roller is a way of “self massage” for all those nagging sore spots. You can use it to roll areas and vary the pressure you apply with your own body weight to massage your muscles. I’ve heard of people using the foam roller mostly for IT band issues, but of course you can do a variety of massage and exercises with it.
The first night I used it to roll out my calves, I did feel an improvement the next day. Sometimes it is a challenge to balance yourself on the foam roller! It requires some core strength that I am severely lacking. So maybe this new toy will help me two-fold.
Next week’s long run backs down to a 7 mile run. A little respite that will give my body a chance to repair and rebuild. I’m going to be taking care of this machine so I can press on and make it all the way to the Vancouver Marathon!