Thursday, April 05, 2012

ToT Training Week 1

It's been one week since I signed up for the runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler.  I'm still not sure if I really have my head wrapped around this one, but I did start training - sort of.  I've been looking into training apps since I think they really helped me prepare for a 5k when I first started running.  Trouble is, I'm cheap frugal.  I have no problem paying for an app, but I like to be able to try it out first.  

Of course, nothing is made for 10 miles, so I've been looking at the half-marathon apps.  Nothing has impressed me so far.  I did download the Map My Run training app.  The problem is that this app doesn't allow you to make any input, such as miles or custom training.  It's fine for tracking, but not really for training.  I guess I'll keep looking.

So what have I done?  Well, I have increased my distance.  The week before last I ran a total of 3 days for 5.80 miles. Last week I ran the same number of days for 7.31 miles.  Ok, it's only 1.51 more miles, but I was out of town to the Masters for four days so I feel pretty good about being able to increase a little.  

Now for the downside.  I think the combination of increasing miles and the addition of walking up hills at the golf course gave my calves an overdose.  I was pretty sore for a couple of days.  Today is much better and I think that is due to my running 2.5 miles last night.  It doesn't hurt to run, so I don't think I have an injury - just good old fashioned muscle fatigue. 

Wouldn't you know that I get an email this morning from about running injury prevention?  I think someone is trying to tell me something. You can check out the article here.  I also found a great video about some stretches to prevent injury.  You can see it here.

So what's next?  I'm going to come up with a real plan.  One that I can stick to and one that will also address other issues such as fuel and hydration.  Plus, I'm still going to search for a better app, but I may just do this the long way - on paper.  A good training journal will be just as well.  I can continue to use my GPS watch and Nike Run app.  I spent a lot of time coming up with a good running music list, so this way I can still keep it.  I hope to have a better report for you next week.

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