Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Slacker

Determined to start building up my mileage again, I ran my standard easy 5 mile “recovery” route this morning. Nothing special. I was pretty tight over the first three miles, particularly in my shoulders. My hamstrings complained a little, but the calves and feet didn’t give me any trouble. I was able to pick up the pace on the last two miles although I deliberately left my HR monitor at home, so I haven’t a clue how hard I was working. At least the last two miles felt fluid. I should be able to get in 5 days of running this week and start to get back on track.

February was just pathetic. I was still in marathon recovery mode the first week and down with an injury the next two and on the road during the last part of the month (whine, whine, whine). It all totaled to 37 miles, FOR THE MONTH. March will be better.

Here’s to a great month of March for all of you.

14 comments:

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

I wouldn't beat yourself up too much. 37 miles with a difficult injury and marathon recovery is probably the most you should have done. Better to get your self 100% healthy and then pile the mileage back on than get hurt all over again.

At least the weather is on your side right now.

Love2Run said...

Now your buildup and Dec is very impressive. And so are the pretty colors! Good luck March'ing on.

Sub said...

It's good that you got in some down time after the marathon. A lot of us make the mistake of rushing back into training without recovering mentally or physically.

December was quite a month for you - it hardly has any green!

Ewen said...

Thanks Phil. If we can stay injury-free I'm sure it'll be great for all of us!

Looks like another building month ahead - you'll get there.

Thomas said...

It never occurred to me to create a graph as detailed as this - admit it, you're an Excel freak!

I wouldn't worry about the 37 miles. The one time when it is not only acceptable but downright beneficial to slacken is right after a marathon.

J~Mom said...

Loved your graph! Sorry the mileage was low this month but it was worth it to save your calf. March will be better!

olga said...

It WILL get better...from 37 miles:) Yes, don't worry much, just be healthy.

Faithful Soles said...

Phil, I'm dealing with a really bad left shin splint, and although I did the Austin Marathon with it a couple of weeks ago, it's had me sidelined for basically all of 2007. Hang in there and you and I both will come back stronger than ever. I see your posts on a lot of the blogs I visit. I hope you have had a chance to go to my main web site, Faithful Soles. I have a categorized and searchable Blog Database on there and would appreciate it if you would link your blog to it. Good luck in your recovery, and I hope you have a good March as well.

Michael said...

I like the pictures from the Arizona desert, coming from a wet west coast, the contrast in incredible. The sunshine and heat must be comforting. Best of luck with March!

Rose said...

Glad to see there's someone who's mileage I beat! Somehow I think you'll be way ahead of me by the end of March though.

Feminist Runner said...

Nothing feels better than a comeback! Sorry your mileage was so low, but it's better to recover then to be out of the game.

Josh said...

Great spreadsheet! Looks like you need to get some more hill work in there...

Good luck with March but don't over reach.

miss petite america said...

oooh fancy graph you got there.

i'm hoping march will be a good running month for me too!!

Dusty said...

Don't beat up February - Recovery is a good thing and will pay off! Especially with your injuries. You'll be rockin' in March!!