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TSFM Half Marathon Training Begins, and How I Injured Myself: The Truth

Happy Friday runners!

I am just over half way through my first week of training for The San Francisco Marathon! I will be running the First Half of the race this year, and this will be my FIRST race since last July! After injuring myself in October, I took a long hiatus from running. I have to say, after much rest, patience, PT and strength training-IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE BACK!

SFBernalHeights

View from the top of Bernal Heights #seenonmyrun

To prepare for this race, I am using a fairly traditional plan for training: Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Half Marathon training program. I am running 4 times a week, combined with 2-3 classes at Burn Pilates in SF. Burn is a fusion workout studio that combines Pilates, weight training and HIIT drills in one, 55 minute workout. I have to say, my cardio is ON POINT right now, which I will credit to the high intensity training. So, don’t neglect your cross-training!

SFSutroTower

Spring has been lovely to us in SF!

I don’t have any concrete goals for this race just yet, besides STAYING HEALTHY. That means getting plenty of rest, proper nutrition, general maintenance (warming-up, foam rolling, icing, and the works), and listening to my body. The truth is, the real reason I injured myself so badly, is that I pushed through an emerging injury. I had noticed an unusual pain in my right foot while running, and I did rest for a week. When I tried to run again, the pain returned and I rested from running again. However, I took a jiu-jitsu class and during the warmup, I ran barefooted around the room. During that first jog around the mats, I felt a shooting pain through my foot and up my leg. The stubborn marathoner in me took over, and I simply pushed through the pain! It was my first time taking jiu-jitsu, and my pride took over and I didn’t want to remove myself from the class. I regrettably kept training for an hour and a half in pain, and after that one class I could barely walk and needed months of rest!

We endurance athletes are taught to push through all kinds of uncomfortable situations, but there is a great difference between being tough and being stupidly stubborn. Lesson learned! Or, so I hope 😀

-J