Saturday, 28 April 2012

Injury prevention, Boston rant & other plans

After the 10k last week, my right hip & quad area has been a little tight. A muscle beginning with "p" on the inside of the groin in particular is a little tight according to my chiropractor, although he knows the rest of that word.
For my friday tempo, which was due to be a 3x10 minute session, he said to go slightly slower. This is the toughest tempo in my training program. I did the same one last year and the wind blew me all over the place. It was equally windy on friday, and rather than compromise that workout in bad weather and perhaps aggravate my leg trouble, I opted for a bike session instead. Given that my tempo and speed work is all time rather than distance based, no complex math needed thank god/ budda/ allah and all points in between.
It's worked well before - in the 5 weeks between Quebec City half and Harvest Half last year, I did BRT (bike replacement therapy) mid-week and ran my long sunday runs. In Qc by hamstring gave 2k from the end, and I PB'd in the HH. I will do the same over the next 4 weeks if I have to. The drawback though will be the lack of view, as I don't classify guys weightlifting as a view.

While getting a Boston qualifying time might still be the aim, there were a few thousand deferals allowed from this year's race due to the high temperatures. This makes it harder to get a place, though even if I get within 5 minutes of my BQ (so can register slightly earlier), I'm not sure I want to bother. In my (probably minority) view, this race is now slightly tainted. Next year's race requires qualifying times that are 5 minutes faster, so I have to try that much harder than some with slower times given a free pass because they didn't race in the conditions on the day of the BM. For me, Boston is the reward so just enjoy the experience. Some can decide not to start, but given the entry system in place, for me it should not mean being able to defer. End of rant. Maybe I'll apply in September if I qualify - might have got off my high-giraffe by then!

I didn't get my name drawn out of the hat for the New York marathon. Boo. I will probably put my name in the hat for London 2013 on monday, and find out in October if I'm lucky enough. I can just imagine somehow getting an entry to both. That would be awkward. Aside from that, I will most likely do a mud-race in July (what a headcam movie that'll be!), perhaps a night race in August, perhaps too the Banff Winter Start in November and most likely the California International Marathon in December.

The next 4 weeks are about getting plenty of sleep, training smart and listening to my body, especially my pesky right leg.

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