One of the hardest things about returning to running after a stress fracture is finding the right balance of rest and running. Right now, the magic number seems to be 4. My body seems to be able to handle running 4 days a week. I would like to be able to move on to 5 soon (and maybe someday 6) but for now I am content. When you only run 4 days a week it is really hard to build up your mileage. Maybe by the time I start marathon training next month I will be able to successfully maintain a 5 day a week schedule.
This week I hit 31.5 miles overall. This is a decent number. For someone in serious training this isn’t much but this is where I am and I cannot compare myself to others or where I would have been if I wouldn’t have had a stress fracture. I am happy with my 31.5.
So here is my workout breakdown for the week:
Monday– 7 miles (9:03 avg.) recovery run after Saturday’s 5K
Tuesday– 7.27 miles easy run (8:25 avg.)
Thursday– 6.75 miles
1 mi. warm-up (9:40 avg.)
4.65 tempo run (6:57 avg. pace)
1.15 mi. cool-down (9:36 avg.)
Saturday- 10.51 miles (8:18 avg.)
So there you have it. My 4 days. 🙂 I’m trying to train, yet still allow my body enough time to recover and feel rested. I need to add a cross training day in and I plan to starting next week. I’ll let you know how that goes…