Goal : Weekend long run
- This one took 2 full days of effort – a day of complete rest and a day of moderate strength training. The rest day was tougher – kept the eating super clean.
- I kept a watch on hydration, ensuring that the electrolyte replenishment was on track during these slack days.
- On the strength day, ensured that I paid attention to static stretching the hams and calves as per the advice of my FB friends
- Slept well all week.
- Substituted last night’s meal for a couple of bananas.
- I was in the right frame of mind from the moment I woke up. There are two issues I’m dealing with currently – one with the left knee and the other with the right ankle which is quite sore and I have the tendency to give in to the temptation of not running by rationalize aggravating the injury. And, I have also noticed that the pain usually is gone in a day, notwithstanding the fact that I run or not. So…
- I carried along a bottle of OTC ORS mixed in water.
- A light warm up with dynamic stretched has been my routine.
- During the 1st part, I kept the pace even ensuring I was breathing well. I settled in to an easy rhythm quickly and the body seemed to be relaxed. All along, the run, I tried to maintain this relaxed pace and did not push the pace, though I felt I could run faster on some stretches.
- The breath through the run was good, post the 15 k mark though I experienced a little difficulty momentarily.
- There was a pain in the left knee during the run. The ankle hurt all along.
- Also, around the 16 k mark I experienced a tingling sensation on my left toes – but it went away in a minute.
- Towards the end, around the 18 km, the quads felt tight like it would cramp. Mindful that my posture had changed owing to the fatigue, I changed my stride, lifted the chest and relaxed the legs and that sensation passed away.
- No stretches as there was an urgent family chore that needed attention.
- Post run, meal was 2 bananas – I was famished!
- The energy levels were low through the day – guess the 1st time the body has gone this new distance and hence a longer turn around to recuperate.
- The knee and shins were hurting – ice-pack treatment tomorrow.
- The ankle was slightly less painful post the run.
Tomorrow, we run again – albeit a slower run just to ensure that the muscles are supple and reaping the benefits of the rhythm that any long duration exercise gives you.
I’m excited!!! This is the 1st half-marathon of my life! I’m on track for the race on 15th of Oct.
I’m grateful to my friends on FB and here who have been guiding me with their experience. I hope to improve in the next few weeks while being safe!