Just 16 hours to go and I start my first half marathon race in 2 years.
I actually ran the same race 2 years ago so it’s good race to [hopefully] start my climb back to marathon fitness.
I’ve been battling ITB soreness for a good 18 months now but the last 3 months haven’t been too bad. I’m now just about able to run 21km before the ITB gets me. Having said that, the last 3 weeks I’ve had some issues with other ITB. UGH.
My training has been good. I’ve done a long 20km+ run every weekend since mid-July, with my weekly mileage ranging from 30-40km. I’ve also been swimming and cycling - cross training for the win.
Anyway, fingers crossed for tomorrow.
My half marathon PB is 1:43:00. Tomorrow I’m hoping for sub-2 hours which is 5:40min/km pace. I’m happy with my fitness at that pace so I plan to run 0-10km at 5:40ish and then try to pick it up to 5:35 for 10-21km. The theory is good at least!
You can see the course map here.
WISH ME LUCK!
My final long run before the Sydney Half Marathon in 3 weeks was testing on my ITB.
I ran 23km but the soreness really kicked badly just before 21km. If I can do that again on race day, I’ll be quite happy.
I was running with my mate Amy who’s doing the marathon so my splits are slower than I plan to run on race day. Still, a long run is a long run.
Nice scenic run this morning! 23km with on and off ITB soreness.
Yes! I’m still alive and running well. I’m regularly doing 20km at the weekend and only getting intermittent ITB soreness.
But…interval training is wreaking havoc with my Achilles. I’ve been recommend to try this. Wearing it to bed is the treatment.
Anyone else used it? Apparently it’s been around for 40 years.
(Finally getting round to posting this).
So I’ve been trying to build up my km’s recently, steadily increasing each week.
Last weekend I thought to myself, what the hell, I’m going to run until the pain stops me or I can’t run any further. Here’s what went down:
As per usual, this part of the run was fine. Started off steadily, paced myself out.
It’s a staple of my runs right now (and for some time) that I get borderline run-stopping soreness in my ITB at 6.5km. It’s consistent and I have no idea why. As per usual, I just ran through it.
Each km for about 100m I felt glimpses of soreness. Again, I just ignored it and continued.
This 5km stretch was like winding back the clock 2 years. I felt great! No soreness, no tightness, just running free. I’d love to have canned that moment.
Ok so things got tight here. At one stage, I felt like I was in shuffle mode. I can thank one of my mates, who was cycling up behind me at the time, for perking me up and getting me back into it. He stayed for 1km and I just picked up the pace and pushed through to half marathon distance.
I’m surprised by this. I’m not going to try running that distance again until the Sydney Half Marathon in September (if I make it) but I’ll keep up the km’s until then.
Question is: what happened to the ITBS? Is it hiding?
And here’s the stats:
conventionalrunner: interesting read for you. How’s it all going?
I went to see my podiatrist on Friday as I’ve had pain in my foot - specifically the second and third toe. He said it could be a developing neuroma so took my orthotics away to put more support in the forefoot area.
He said I’d have them back tomorrow but I just got a call saying it’s going to take a week.
Annoying! But I guess the rest for my foot isn’t a bad thing. I’ll have to do more cycling instead.
Just got back from a great ride today.
Found some new cycle paths, took on some 100m climbs and had a great day out. Here’s the route and stats:
I’ve been sick this week and forgot my goggles for swim laps on Wednesday. Otherwise, very happy with my activity:
Hopefully you can see those links to Strava.
The highlight was the 11.37km slow distance run. No ITB soreness until right at the end - very encouraging.
Swim class (last one until September) and laps, intervals run, cycling and a running race. I haven’t registered yet as I’m trying to decide whether to do the 5km or 10km. The route is pretty scenic! Here it is:
Here are the stats and map for today’s 63.6km ride. New routes were conquered!
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