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obligatory introduction and question (Read 1957 times)

    welp, i have been lurking around here for a little over a year and figured it was about time to overcome my anxiety and introduce myself (and ask for some advice).  so, "hi!" - after a long hiatus, i have returned to the world of running and have been at it for about 2 years now.  currently, I am getting about 30-35 mpw (my log isn't up on RA, yet) and lately, have been prepping for my first half-marathon on Feb. 6, though i am really more interested in some 5K's that are around the corner.

     

    for about 3 weeks now, I have been battling some (what I think is) minor tendon issues on the inside of my ankles.  it really isn't super-bad and I have found that there is a certain point where it just doesn't get any worse, so I usually run through it and hobble around a little after.  I managed to get a long run of 14 miles in last weekend (at about 8:30 pace) and other than the ankles, felt pretty good.  with the HM 9 days away, I have been taking a few extra days off to try and rest the ankles, but they dont seem to be getting better.  again, not any WORSE, just not better.

     

    so, I guess my question is, how much can I rest over the next week without loosing too much fitness for the HM on the 6th?  if I could get close to 1:45, that would be cool, but really, I just want to DO it.  any thoughts would be appreciated...

      You won't lose two-year's fitness in a week.  Get better.

      "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus


      Prince of Fatness

        You won't lose two-year's fitness in a week.  Get better.

         

        Agree.  It takes a good three months off to lose your fitness.

        Semi-retired.

          whoa - thanks for the quick replies (and confidence).  I guess i am just paranoid from taking this week easy and projecting next week to be the same...

          xor


            whoa - thanks for the quick replies (and confidence).  I guess i am just paranoid from taking this week easy and projecting next week to be the same...

             

            When it comes to running (or anything you do, really), your body is a collection of different systems... and they lose "fitness" at different rates.  A few months for some things, a couple weeks for others.  So... you may not be as "fresh" on 2/6 as you would have been had you been able to approach the next two weeks differently.  BUT it's nothing even kind of like "you will have lost the ability to make the distance".  You will make it fine.  Whether 1:45 is a fair goal still kind of depends on information we don't have.

             

            The thing is, none of that matters so much.  The one and only thing that guarantees "you will have lost the ability to make the distance" is hurting yourself in the next two weeks.  So taking the time to heal is the priority - you are doing what you need to do.

             

            What is your race on 2/6?

             

              yeah, that makes sense.  honestly, 1:45 is nothing i will cry over - i had a long run that i felt like i ran fairly easy and went through in about 1:54, so I just picked i "nice, round number" to focus on.

               

              the race on the 6th is the Tallahassee (half) Marathon.

              xor


                Nice and flat.

                 

                Good luck!

                 

                  and, as I'm sure your lurking here has taught you, don't try to set the world afire in your first race.  Take it at a comfortable pace so you don't injure yourself.  You may surprise yourself anyway.

                  Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

                    indeed!  i think that "conservative" will be my mantra.  thanks for the advice and well-wishes!

                      No real advice, just wanted to say good luck and sweet profile pic! Smile

                      'No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch'

                       

                      "Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"  - Peter Maher

                       

                      "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run."  -Monte Davis

                        A couple short slow runs will be fine. Even take day off before if you need to in your specific case. Start at comfortable pace in the race-not too fast

                        Those who try, fail! Those who do what it takes to succeed, succeed!!

                          No real advice, just wanted to say good luck and sweet profile pic! Smile

                           

                          thanks!  I have another one around here somewhere that I like a little better.  my hand kind of slipped when i reached around with the camera.

                           

                          what chord is THAT?!

                            thanks!  I have another one around here somewhere that I like a little better.  my hand kind of slipped when i reached around with the camera.

                             

                            what chord is THAT?!

                            Haha one couldn't tell anyhow, seeing as the whole fretboard isn't in the photo, so it doesn't really matter.

                            'No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch'

                             

                            "Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"  - Peter Maher

                             

                            "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run."  -Monte Davis

                               

                               

                              the race on the 6th is the Tallahassee (half) Marathon.

                               

                              I'll be running that one (HM) too - but way behind you!   I've run it once before, and it is very flat indeed!

                              "I can do 440 in 220"    Half Fanatic #846    "90% of running is half mental"    If I collapse, please pause my Garmin

                               

                              DoppleBock


                                Welcome out of lurking in the shadows of RA

                                 

                                I do not have any good advice

                                 

                                I get flat really quick

                                 

                                I can avoid some of this by low impact cross training

                                 

                                I tend to ignore injuries until they either go away or get really bad ... They used to go away, now @ 41 YO - THey seem to get really bad and end up taking time off.

                                 

                                Good luck in the 1/2 marathon ... get your log up here soon as most of us like to log stalk.

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                                2013 Goals ~ Mar < 3:00, 5M < 29, 10k < 35  

                                 

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