I bet you wondering, on the edge of your seat... Did I do it? Did I finish my training? Did I, Ashley Thayer, run the Delaware Half Marathon, again? Well, let me tell you about weeks 14, 15, and race week (16) first.
Coming off of a strong week 13, week 14 was even stronger! Monday, I had a great cross training day, with a 30 min Spin class, followed by 5-4-3-2-1, and 15 minutes on the cybex machine. Tuesday I had a great speed work run at Glasgow Park, and did the big hill 3 times! Wednesday and Thursday are my yoga days... However they weren't easy, a tough yogilates class and the Body Flow (release 60) is still no joke! I had a nice long 9 mile run on Friday! Saturday was a much needed rest day from working out, but I deep cleaned my house from top to bottom, so there was no real rest! After an inspirational church service on sunday, I met the BGR ladies at the riverfront for a practice run on the DE marathon course. We ran part of the 4-person relay course, a total of 6.3 miles, and at a solid pace. It was nice to get out on a beautiful day with these awesome women! I had a great 21 mile week, except... Uh-Oh, what to my wondering eye should appear... Shin splints that hurt like a ripped ear!
After an over trained week 14, I started to question if I should participate this year... My shins were on fire with every step. On Monday, I rested... With ice rotations. Tuesday I tried to run on the treadmill before swim lesson, and holy mother of goodness... What pain I felt. After swim I headed right over to Delaware Running Company for some support, literally & figuratively. I bought a brace for each leg, and got some sound advice on what to do. On Wednesday, I tried a warm up run with braces before yogilates, right foot, left foot, right... I switched to a walk! After school, my athletic Mia, begged to ride her bike, so I went along for another walk. It wasn't so bad. But I continued my ice rotation. Thursday, all I kept thinking was RICE, Rest Ice Compression Elevation, and my shins were doing ok... I did another warm up walk before Body flow. Then after school the girls and I hit Glasgow trail for a 2.6 mile walk. Friday, I swapped my 10 mile run for RICE! Saturday, the entire family did yard work all day. Sunday, I woke up feeling great! I woke up extra early and headed to Glasgow park for a trial run with my shins, and what do you know... They felt great! I ran 3.3 miles, plus the hill at an awesome pace! Even though I only logged 9 miles this week, I was starting to feel a little more confident in my shins and my ability to run next Sunday.
Race week, week 16... Agghhhh! Monday was a RICE day, all day! Tuesday was Jordan's Mother's Day Tea, so I had to squeeze in a quick run before swim, but it felt good. Wednesday brought a butt-kicking yogilates class with awesome weight training integrated in. Body flow on Thursday, I found my calm before Sunday's storm, Ooommm. On Friday, was Mia's muffins for mom in the morning, but that afternoon, she, D and I went for a great walk-run at Glasgow park. The weather was awesome! Saturday was Delaware Marathon's packet pick-up and the Family Run 1 4 Fun Race... this was D'reardon, Jordan, and Mia's race debut!
Stay tuned to see what happened on Mother's Day... Or Race Day for me and 3000 other runners!