I am about 5 weeks out from my half marathon and I will not lie, the training is starting to wear on me. Running 4-5 times a week is getting old and with the weather getting nice, I want to be spending more time in the saddle.
This week is a taper week for me. The training plan that I am following has a taper week every third week. I am taking this week to think about where I am and where I was last year at this point.
I will say that I am glad you guys are reading this and its not me telling you. If we were sitting across from each other I would be crying. Just so you know I am crying as I write this. On each difference that I am noticing I will first share what is happening this year and then what was happening last year.
First off. This year I love to run, I enjoy every run, even the ones that I have to finish at a walk. Even when the runs don’t go as I planned. When I am slower then I want to be, I am not beating myself up, instead I am looking at how good I am feeling at the end of each run. Last year I had to make myself run every run, at this point I was dreading each and every run. I would push myself so hard last year and knock myself down over and over after each run telling myself how much better I could be doing.
After I run I feel amazing. My left hip and calf are a little sore. I foam roll after almost every run. I am stretching before each run. I can run in the morning and continue with my day. I have a very good recovery time. Last year at the end of my run I was done, depleted, and completely done. I was not foam rolling, and I was not stretching. I was very unproductive after my runs. I would have to take Advil before going to bed so I cold sleep. I had horrible recovery.
Massage and Chiropractic Care
I get a massage every three weeks and it hurts. It hurts oh so much. However the moment I walk out of the office I feel like a brand new woman. We are focusing on my legs and lower back. The results that I am seeing are amazing. I go to the chiropractor every three to four weeks, for maintenance. I am having no huge concerns with either one. Last year I was also getting massages every three weeks during training, however we were working mostly on my back and shoulders. i was going through some huge personal events last year and carrying so much tension. As for seeing the chiropractor. At this point I was seeing Dr. Kiva three times a week for two weeks and then, once a week until just after my race.
The biggest and most rewarding part of this years training is that its for me. I am healthy and happier going into this years training. I am running for me. I already know I can do it. I know that I can run 21 km, I know what I am going to feel like after the race and the next day. I am going to savor every moment of my training and my race. I did the training and ran last year to prove to others that I could do. To show all the naysayers that they were wrong. I was distracted by so many different things during my race, and after. I was so focused on others and not at all on my self.
This year I am so in love with this and even though there are days that I have to drag my feet out the door or onto the treadmill. I am enjoying this and am enjoying watching my times improve, my form improve and most important that I am doing this with very little pain.
Thank you to all who are supporting and cheering me on this year.