Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Veterans Marathon Training: Week 12

This week was the game changer.

After running for nearly a month with some sort of pain, my hip decided to get with the program. There was no nagging, no irritation, no tightness. I wasn't hobbling after a run or worrying that if I didn't stretch for 20 minutes that I was going to regret it an hour later. While still feeling decidedly out of shape, I hit some higher mid-week mileage and sub-9 miles. I'm feeling the urge (but resisting) to add some intensity and tackle my training plan as is.

It's a wonderful feeling and a relieving one, as well. I'm incredibly grateful that I wasn't sidelined long and have been able to run throughout this process.

Of course, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. My physical therapist is happy with my progress but there's still some things to work on. My glutes still aren't firing the way they should, and I have some mobility + strength issues to work on in my gluteus medius and hamstrings. She's switched up my exercises to hopefully improve the situation and recommended that I take a yoga class on my rest days.

If only I could a prescription for that!

The week, in training:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Piloxing + Ripped (taught both)
Wednesday: 7.85-mile run + 4-mile bike ride
Thursday: 5.13-mile run + Ripped (taught)
Friday: Stretching
Saturday: Fort4Fitness half
Sunday: 5-mile run


  1. Great news! Now, as you approach your race day, remember: DNS. (Do Nothing Stupid!)

  2. I'm glad your hip is cooperating!

  3. I'm sooo happy your hip is being cooperative!!

  4. So glad to hear your hip is cooperating!! You had a great week! :0)

  5. Yay! So happy your hips is behaving and you are getting those pace runs in! When do you plan to do yoga this week?

    1. Umm, about that yoga ... I need to find a class that works for me.