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Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Summary

February kinda sucked. I had a few good runs, actually a few very good runs. TMR Saturday runs are the best. But my stupid achilles thing has really messed up my training this month as well as my overall enjoyment of running.

Here are the numbers for February

Total Miles: 111.52
Total Time: 16:54:07
Average Daily Distance: 4.0 miles
Average Pace: 9:06

Much worse than January. My plan for the year was to ramp up mileage each month as I train for the WHW, but things are going in the wrong direction. Early in the month I told myself (and a few other people) that if I wasn't 100% pain free by the end of the month that I didn't think I would have any reasonable chance of training for and running the WHW the way I want to, and would therefore not do it. I only ran once in the last week of February and it wasn't pain-free.

9 comments:

vja said...

I looked back at your January and saw that it was the first time you kept track of your mileage in detail (VERY atypical for a runner). Maybe you should revert to not paying attention. Somehow seems healthier than obsessing over each mile like most of us do.

vja said...

I looked back at your January and saw that it was the first time you kept track of your mileage in detail (VERY atypical for a runner). Maybe you should revert to not paying attention. Somehow seems healthier than obsessing over each mile like most of us do.

vja said...

Oops! Sorry.

Jamie said...

Still plenty of time, Ian. Plenty.

middle.professor said...

Atypical? I thought everyone logged their mileage! Isn't that the way we're supposed to be able to go back and see what worked and what didn't? That said, I'm skeptical that we can actually figure out what works from a running log. Still, I obsess over it. I think its the numbers. Val - I'm surprised you're not in love with the numbers!

vja said...

Jeff, you got me all wrong. I said it was atypical that he didn't keep track. No. I am all about my numbers. I was proud that I could let myself off with 17.2 and not run the driveway till I had the 18 my schedule called for. But thought that maybe it was better for Ian to do what he'd always done. Let his body tell him what to do any not his training plan (heresy for me!).

pb said...

Hi Ian,
Very sorry to hear you aren't getting the miles in. Have you bought flights to Scotland? It would be great to see you both. But the WHW should be given respect and you wouldn't want to turn a small injury into a major one. Hope March is better.

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dirtbag@welikedirt.com said...

Hey,

I have been checking out your blog for the last year or so.

I have noticed your comments about your achilles. I know that you used to run in Cascadias like myself, and switched to the inov-8's also like myself. Have you thought about switching to a trail shoe that has a slightly higher heel and do more runs with lower mileage? I know your using the roc 315's but even something higher still.

The reason I say this is that your achilles probably has a form of tendonitus right now and generally having a low heel in your shoe works your achilles alot more than a shoe that lifts it. This is something that is usually done with people who have tendonitus until they heal.

Also running more frequently in smaller doses will help keep your cardiovascular strength up, but limit the strain on your leg. Plus your running will feel less ad-hoc.

Last year I f'd my leg up pretty bad and had to start by doing 3 milers 5 days a week instead of 3 x 6 to 10 milers.

Just a few thoughts.