After my 12km on Sunday, my legs felt really tired so I gave myself Monday off. But by Tuesday my legs and knees were still sore and I had a moment of “I am tired of feeling tired and sore” – So I sulked and didn’t run Tuesday, or Wednesday. By Thursday I was kinda happy I hadn’t run and decided to break until Sundays race (the Sandton to Soweto 10km).
In the end I have no regrets for taking the week off. My legs were kind to me on Sunday – I had no pain while running (except a niggling knee) and I finished strong and in good time (1hr 16min).
What has this week taught me? Well perhaps I have been over doing my training just a bit.
Most people when they train for a half marathon (at my level of fitness) just focus on running the required Km’s a week – with no strength training. I am not saying that is the right way to go about it. I really do believe my strength training will help my legs in the long run. But what it says is that I perhaps need to slow down and take the required rest days.
- Monday: Rest Day after yesterday’s run
- Tuesday: 8km run; and RPM in the afternoon
- Wednesday: Rest Day
- Thursday: 10km Hills training; and BodyPump
- Friday: Rest Day
- Saturday: 10km Long and Slow Run
- Sunday: Rest Day
I am at this point in my training where I want to be so much more ahead of where I am – I want to be fitter, stronger and faster. But I think the most important thing I can do is stop and listen to my body. As the weeks go by toward my first 21km, the runs will increase in distance so its a good thing I learn this important fact sooner rather than later. I don’t want to burn myself out to the point where I don’t get to run at all.