Vermont City Marathon Training – Week 8:
I got new shoes. It’s the same style that I’ve been wearing for years (Asics GT-21 series), so it’s not terribly exciting. I like the turquoise laces though.
Not a big week training-wise:
Monday, February 20: About 1 hour and 45 min snowshoe….with a cookie break.
Tuesday, February 21: Swimming class – more breaststroke.
Wednesday, February 22: Rest.
Thursday, February 23: 3 mile run + swimming class. Last day of breaststroke.
Friday, February 24: In Boston. Super rainy. We went out for drinks.
I got a dirty martini.
Saturday, February 25: In Boston. Super windy. We went out for cupcakes.
Sunday, February 26: Liz and I ran about 3.5 miles and then went for pedi/manicures. Pampering trumped running.
Total mileage: 6.5 miles
I would feel bad about the extremely low mileage week, but I rarely work out when I travel (there’s so many other things I’d rather be doing) and this week I felt some IT band tightness on my left leg.
I had some trouble with my left IT band during the marathon last May, despite having zero signs during training. I went to PT, took off from running for most of the summer, then ran two half-marathons in the fall with no pain. I thought the IT band issue “went away.”
Ignorance on my part – combined with a long run, running mainly on the indoor track, breaststroke kicking drills (which have this wicked whip kick), and not doing my IT band exercises any longer – put a lot of tension on my IT bands. I figured an easy week plus LOTS of stretching would be best for now.
I think I caught it early, so hopefully with diligent stretches and exercises, I’ll be okay.
For now, I’m foam rolling like crazy. And throwing in some one-leg squats.
*Foam rolling: Make sure you don’t roll past your knee.
**One-Leg Squats: Make sure your knee doesn’t go over your toes. Start with shallow squats. Best done in front of a mirror.
***All you could want to know about IT band, foam rolling, and squats from the professionals.