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Monday, May 13, 2013

Training for Half Craziness #4

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!
Let me tell you, They did awesome!  Mia and I ran the 1.2 miles in about 12 minutes.  My baby ran the entire way, and wanted to keep going!  D & Jordan finished at about 17 minutes.  They came in with a strong sprint at the end!
Even Mickey & Minnie cheered them on!!
That evening, I tried to let loose with the ladies from BGR, a nice stress reliever before the big day... But was I up to it?  Would my legs hold out?  Ibuprofen & RICE had become my new best friends, what was I to do without them on the course?  I laid out my clothes, said a long prayer, and off to sleep I went...

Stay tuned to see what happened on Mother's Day... Or Race Day for me and 3000 other runners!


2 comments:

  1. how cute are your girls?! love that they are into fitness with you.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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    1. Thank you AJ! One is way more into athletic activities than the other, but I'll take any little bit I can. Keeping kids healthy and active is so important, I'm glad my girls understand that.

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