The rehab running is coming along but as I mentioned a little while ago, I've been trying to claw my way out of purgatory. When I was first injured, my PT thought I'd be able to train again after 12 weeks. Well, I'm at 12 weeks and I still have pain after running. It's discouraging. It makes me wonder when I'll be able to run carefree again?
The problem is...I gotta train or I'm going to freak out. So here's the deal:
I'm going to bite off what I HOPE is a more manageable portion...a 10k. I've been deliberating between a 5k and 10k and am going to err on the side of optimism. I am hopeful that taking on the 10k program will be feasible and also provide a safe transition to half marathon training at the end of the year (or sooner?).
There will be no marathon training in my future, not for at least a couple years.
But wait! How can I train when I'm still having pain after running? I'm going to try something a little different.
Nope, I'm NOT giving up on the Furman FIRST / Run Less, Run Faster program. I'm DEFINITELY going to use their 10k training program because I LOVE the workouts, the structure, and the results.
The Furman FIRST program is based on THREE focused runs: a tempo run, intervals, and long run, which are supplemented by TWO or more cross-training days. I really can't take on speed work at this point, so this is where the adulteration takes place:
- Instead of swimming/biking on the two+ cross training days, I will do my easy rehab running. Running will be my cross-training!
- Instead of hitting the track and roads for my running speed work, I'll use my typical cross-training activities for speed. I won't really be able to go by distance, just by time. So, a 10 x 400m track workout with a goal of 1:39 per repeat could become a hard swim effort of 10 x 1:39.
Getting my heart rate up for equivalent run-time periods seems like a good second to running and also gives me a focus to keep from going mad. My hope is that sometime during the 10k program, I'll be able to switch it back to normal and start actually RUNNING the key runs.
If I plan for a 12-week program, the Santa Runs Tacoma 10k on December 17th (recap of the 5k last year) falls within my .
This makes me feel much relieved to have something to focus on. I don't know how it will work out, but I'll give these first three weeks a try and then re-evaluate.