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732 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 2, 2012 8:50 AM by justamaniac RSS
DannyII Rookie 2 posts since
Nov 2, 2012
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Nov 2, 2012 6:19 AM

NEED HELP!!!  Hit a Training Wall

I need some advice. First, some quick background:

1.  I'm  a male, age 44, and have never, ever been a runner, or an athlete of any sort, but relatively fit and active.

2. I started a walking program, and got down from 225# to 215# earlier this year.

3. Since starting c25k in late August, I've gone down to 201# , and have gone from 25% body fat to 20.7%.  My clothes fit a lot looser, and I feel a lot better! 

3.  When I started c25k back in late August, and with the exception of a week off after a Level 2 right calf pull, I have been steadily progressing in the program, all the way through completion of the 25 minute run for week 6, w/o 3.  I was very pround of myself for that!  So, flush with confidence, 2 weeks ago, I signed up for BOTH a 4-miler Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, and my first ever 5k on the Saturday after Thansgiving.  Figuring I could walk some of the 4-miler if I needed, focusing on running the whole 5k.

 

Here's the problem - due to very heavy work demands, I skipped my c25k week 7 workout last week.  So, I decided to do week 6 over.  W/O 6-1 was on Saturday, and I made it, but it was a real struggle!  I tried w/o 6-2 Tuesday, and couldn't make it through without walking about 1/2 of the final 10 minute jog, and again last night, same thing.  Last night, I developed sharp pains in my inner thighs.  Figuring it was probably groin-related, I stretched, and used "The Stick" on my legs. 

 

Here's my question - Do I go back and repeat week 5 to try to rebuild my "running base", or keep trying to do week 6 until I can do it?  I want to be able to do the races, and they're only 3 weeks away!

  • justamaniac Pro 179 posts since
    May 30, 2007
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    1. Nov 2, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to DannyII)
    NEED HELP!!! Hit a Training Wall

    I too started running later in life;  I was 52 when I started and same as you, reasonably fit and active, but never a runner.

    I'm not a doctor, but I'm going to guess that the pains in your thighs are your muscles telling you that you are working them good. If the pains are not the sharp, ice pick in the muscle kind of pain, and if it isn't joint related, you will probably not harm yourself by continuing to run/work out.  Obviously, listen to your body.  If it feels weird, it probably is, and you should back off. 

     

    Sometimes if I've not run for several days (for work, weather, or other reasons), my legs start to almost spasm and feel weird. I'll get pain twinges in my hamstring and calves and the only way to relieve them is to get blood flowing through them - so I'll do steps (staircases and stairwells) or run around the house/office.

     

    To answer your question re repeating week 5 - the point of your routine is to be able to run/walk a 4-miler on T-day and a 5K that weekend.  With three weeks to go, your goal should be to build up the endurance to do the event.  You don't have to run/walk 4 miles before your first event; anything over 3 miles will do (on the day of the event you will find that you will have the energy and enthusiasm to do the full distance - its a crowd thing... pretty cool). Modify your schedule so that between now and Nov 15 or 17 you can complete at least 3 miles (3 1/2 is better, 4 would be awesome!).  In that last week before T-day keep your walk/run distances to 1 to 1 1/2 miles... don't over do it - you want fresh legs for the big day.

     

    Good luck - you are doing a great thing for yourself!  Keep it up!

    -b

     

    http://runningthrutime.blogspot.com

    6/17/2012      AA HM      2:09:01

    6/3/2012       DexAA HM    2:00:31

    3/11/2012          St Pat's 5K          0:25:42

    11/10/2011          A2TT 10K          0:52:27

    10/9/2011          Chicago Marathon        4:49:55

    9/3/2011          Milford 30K      DNF  (cramped out at 14m)

    6/25/2011          Solstice 10M     1:27:15

    6/5/2011          DexAA HM      1:58:53

    5/1/2011          BP10K       0:51:58

    10/17/2010          Detroit HM  2:06:19

    6/6/2010          Dex-AA HM    2:09:30

  • justamaniac Pro 179 posts since
    May 30, 2007
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    3. Nov 2, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to DannyII)
    NEED HELP!!! Hit a Training Wall

    hmmm - it sounds like you may have pulled something, and you might be better served backing off and not stress the injury.  Walking may be ok, but you obviously felt it sharply when you broke into a run, which is a sign of a problem.  I would definitely back off for a few days.

     

    I undestand being bummed - I have been there, in fact I'm sitting on the bench right now nursing archilles tendonitis in one foot and plantar fasciitis on the other. I have had to cancel participating in a number of events.  But I have learned to swallow my disappointment.  It is vitally important to arrive at the starting line as healthy as possible.  Doing an event with an injury can ruin not only that day, but for many days afterwards.  At a minimum, you won't have much fun.  Think of it this way:  you are running the event for fun, it's not a job!  If for some reason you have to bag running the event, go on down to the event anyway and volunteer, or just be there with friends.  Believe me, every experienced runner understands injury.

     

    Hope it all ends well !

    -b

     

    http://runningthrutime.blogspot.com

    6/17/2012      AA HM      2:09:01

    6/3/2012       DexAA HM    2:00:31

    3/11/2012          St Pat's 5K          0:25:42

    11/10/2011          A2TT 10K          0:52:27

    10/9/2011          Chicago Marathon        4:49:55

    9/3/2011          Milford 30K      DNF  (cramped out at 14m)

    6/25/2011          Solstice 10M     1:27:15

    6/5/2011          DexAA HM      1:58:53

    5/1/2011          BP10K       0:51:58

    10/17/2010          Detroit HM  2:06:19

    6/6/2010          Dex-AA HM    2:09:30

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