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The Road to Boston 2016: Week 22 – Let the Cross-Training Begin!

When last we “spoke” about my training I was very frustrated and dealing with an injury – shin splints suck! Actually, any injury sucks. I don’t deal well with being injured, or taking no for an answer for that matter. Being injured in my eyes is like seeing a great big “NO” sign.

This is my internal dialogue with my body:

Body: Ow – your shins hurt, you really should take a rest day.
Brain: WTF are you talking about? Suck it up, stop wimping out, you can do it.
Body: No dude, we’re really hurt. It hurts to even walk – see, we’re limping!
Brain: But it’s absolutely gorgeous out! The weather has finally turned sunny and warm and all the snow and ice has melted. I want to run!
Body: Sorry chickie, no can do. We’re not running today.
Brain: You suck. I’m mad at you. I’m going to eat all the chocolate I can find.

My body ultimately won and I rested this week, ate a ton of chocolate, and Mexican food and drank some margaritas.

The truth is, I needed a cutback week to allow my body to heal from the big increase in training volume and intensity over the past month. The only way to get my brain to reluctantly listen is for my body to get injured, or sick, or both. As injuries go, shin splints are the probably one of the easiest to recover from: Take a break from running, ice, and stretch and then a week later I’m better.

And cutback I did:

Monday: Went to the gym and did 55 min on the elliptical cross-trainer. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and my brain was not happy with my body. To make the elliptical more fun I watched an episode of Mad Men on Netflix on my iPhone. I love Netflix!

Tuesday: Training with my conditioning coach in the pool. I learned that pool training can be a very intense workout while giving the shins a much-needed rest from the pounding. The pool running, lunges, plié squats, laps and upper body exercises left me feeling like I was hit by a truck the next day – it was awesome.

Wednesday: Had an interview for a promotion at work, so I worked through my lunch afterwards to make up the time. I have no idea how I did as the results of the competition has not been communicated to us yet. Emotionally it was a relief to finally have the interview part completed as I’ve been stressing about that since mid-January when I applied for the position. Fingers crossed that I get it!

Thursday: More training with my conditioning coach in the pool. We worked on my flutter kick and overall front crawl technique. My flutter kick is so technically wrong that I actually move backwards when I kick. My front crawl forward motion is coming all from my arms, so I tire easily. We figured out what I was doing wrong with my legs, and I actually managed to move forward across the pool by only kicking!! Thursday night I went to a Mexico Party and ate a ridiculous amount of Mexican food and likely drank far too many margaritas.

Friday: Went out for lunch to celebrate my co-worker’s upcoming marriage.

Saturday: Finally got my brain and body to agree to run. My legs felt great and I ran the first 10k with my friend Juliette, then ran another 6k on my own. My average pace was 10 min/mile and my cadence was 82. I need to improve my long run cadence. Later on I spent an hour swimming with the kids at a hotel pool because we took an impromptu, one night vacation.

Sunday: Went swimming with the kids at the hotel pool, then went and watched a swan parade with them.

Overall I did a lot of cross-training, and my shins are back to feeling fine, yay!

Total this week: 16k
22 week total: 509k + 16k = 525k

This week I plan on getting back to my running training, but will continue the pool workouts with my conditioning coach. I also plan on hitting the pool once on my own to slowly add in my triathlon training:

Monday: Run 10k at lunch – work on increasing cadence.
Tuesday: Training with my conditioning coach in the pool.
Wednesday: Run 10k at lunch – work on increasing cadence. Swim lengths at the pool after the kids go to bed – goal is to swim for 30 min.
Thursday: Training with my conditioning coach in the pool.
Friday: Good Friday – Run 10k in the morning, then help my parents move.
Saturday: Run 18k with Juliette.
Sunday: Rest.

I can’t wait to run again this week, there’s nothing like a break to renew my running desire. I also need to reign in my eating (and drinking) – I pretty much emo ate everything in sight last week, oops!

Have a great week everyone!

Now it’s your turn… How was your training last week?
Do you emo eat when you’re injured too?


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  • Axel (@ Iron Rogue)
    April 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    ABC – Always Be Cross-Training

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Axel! Great job on the TYS10k!

  • Launna
    April 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I love how honest you are… we all have those rough days here and there… luckily for us we don’t give up and say, oh well. Like I used to, no longer. I just want Spring, I sound like a broken record, I need consistency…

    Next week the weather should be much better… I hope, I will be walking/jogging for 3 to 5 miles at least 4 days per week, I am hoping more but I will need to give myself a break and I am going back to the gym to do strength training and Yoga on alternate days at least 4 nights per week and I promised Valentina to swim with her on family night at the pool.

    Have a great week Janice 🙂

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

      I hope you had a great Easter Launna!

  • Kim
    April 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Glad that a cut-back on running helped your shins!!
    Lately I’ve had some really good training weeks – hoping that continues for the next few weeks!!

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

      My fingers are crossed for you! How’s the ultra training going?

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    April 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    So glad your shins are feeling better.

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Abby!

  • rachel @RunningRachel
    April 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Hugs on the shin splints… but YAY that you are feeling better! 🙂
    And… fingers crossed for the job promotion! 🙂

    Yes, I emo eat ALL.THE.TIME… not just when I am injured. 🙂

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thanks! The shin splints are all better now and it seems that the 2 rest days really helped me get an appetite for running again. Yay!

  • lindsay Cotter
    April 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! keep the cross training going. One more week!!!

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Lindsay! It’s amazing how much the cross training is helping the running!

  • Erica
    April 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Oh no, I totally sympathize! I am just getting over a foot injury and it totally sucks. No emotional eating, just a few too many glasses of wine.

    • Janice
      April 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

      How’s the foot doing? I’ve definitely had a few too many glasses of wine mourning my injuries as well 🙂

      • Erica
        April 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        It’s getting better thanks! Unfortunately, I think it will still be a few weeks until it is 100% and I am not at all restricted in terms of what I can do (still can’t do lunges or anything that puts too much weight on the front of the foot).

  • Mel
    May 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    You get to experience some injury? … That means your body’s telling you something. Listen and get well. Enjoy the Margaritas, then back to your work-outs.


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