Savannah Half Marathon Training – Update

Hello and how’s it going?! I have a lot to update you all on today!

Last we talked, I mentioned to you that I had some sort of virus that had knocked me down.  Well, unfortunately, my symptoms continued into the week, so I went to my primary care doctor.  I found out that I actually had an intestinal bacterial infection and got loaded up with some antibiotics.  After a full week, my fever finally broke and my digestive system got back on track.  That entire week, I did not do ANY workouts because I was feeling so terrible.  The good news is that this gave my piriformis some forced rest which has helped a lot!

I did manage to finally finish my first DIY project in the new house! I took a large frame I got at the thrift store for $9 and turned it into a pinboard for my office!

Frame to Pinboard....an EASY DIY!

Frame to Pinboard….an EASY DIY!

Last weekend, I was signed up to run a 10k with Carrie for her birthday.  I was originally hoping to race it, then I was just going to run it as a training run.  Since my fever had just broken the day before and I was on antibiotics, I decided to just sit it out and cheer her on.  She did AWESOME….hitting a 5 minute PR! What a great birthday present! We enjoyed breakfast together after.  I really enjoyed being able to cheer her and the other runners on!

Carrie killing her 10k!

Carrie killing her 10k!

In other news, we ordered and received this bike from Amazon.  I’m in the process of sitting up a “cardio room” for us and this bike has been a great addition! It is simple but exactly what we need, and it even has a few programs on it, as well.  I have a TV set up in the room with Netflix, making cross training so much more fun.

New Bike

New Bike

This past week, I finally got back into it.  The goal for this week was to ease myself back into training after a couple of weeks off and a body that was frankly, pretty weak after that infection.  The first part of the week was a little rough but it ended with a great run yesterday.  Here’s how it went:

Monday: 30 minutes stationary bike.

Tuesday: 3 mile run @ 10:53 pace.  This run blew me away! I started with a 5 minute warmup on the bike and went out.  I anticipated this run to be hard, and I definitely probably ran it a little faster than I should have…but it felt a lot better than I expected.  My leg felt great.  This was a super encouraging run!  I had a sports massage that evening, which made it clear that my piriformis is still a little angry.

Wednesday: 15 minutes stationary bike.  Work was super crazy, so I didn’t get as much in as I wanted.  But this was better than nothing!

Thursday: 3 mile run @ 11:21 pace.  Great weather and a great run!

Friday: Rest day and Physical Therapy.  My PT did some work on my piriformis and calf, then dry needled my piriformis.  We finished with some light strength exercises.  I couldn’t believe how great it felt during the day later!

Saturday: 6 miles @ 11:35 pace.  I met Carrie down at the river and it was an AMAZING morning! The weather was a little warm (started around 60 degrees) so I had to pull out my shorts and tank.  Seeing the sun rise over the river was such a treat.  And the best part? My leg felt the best it’s felt in probably a month.  That dry needling really did wonders!

Enjoying the river after my run

Enjoying the river after my run

Later in the day, I enjoyed hanging out on the back patio and reading while Skipper snoozed in the sun:

Afternoon nap

Afternoon nap

Today, I plan to do some light cross training and stretching/yoga.  Next week, I will try to ramp up my workouts a bit more and hopefully get in 8-10 miles next weekend.  I only have 3 weeks until Savannah.  At this point, I do not have expectations of a PR at this half.  As long as I’m healthy enough though, I’d still like to run the best race I can and see what happens.  There is still a lot that can happen in the next few weeks, so I’ll just take it day by day for now.  I’m looking forward to our girls weekend in Savannah, though! It’s going to be a great time!

How is your training going?  Any “must-dos” while we are in Savannah???

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Jess

2 Comments

  1. Glad you’re feeling better! Also, love the photo of Skipper laying around in the yard – too cute!

    • Skipper LOVESSSS the yard! We will be fencing it in soon for him to just hang out all day! Hope to see you soon lady!

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