I was fitted for new orthotics a few weeks ago by Babs and they came in last week. If you've never worn orthotics, you can't just stick them in your shoes and start running. You have to break them in and that usually means walking around in them for a few hours a day until you can wear them for a full 8 hours. That usually takes about two weeks. THEN you can run in them. And even then you can only run short distances at a time. So the plan that Babs gave me is to keep all my runs short. No more than 5 to 6km at a time so I can really focus on my form without fatigue altering anything. Once I start to integrate my orthotics in, I'll probably run a few more times a week, alternating between 5km and 2km a day. He only wants me to run 2km in them to start and then slowly work up to running 5km in them. After that I may be able to start to increase my mileage, depending of course on how my body takes to the orthotics. If things get worse, it's back to the drawing board. If I'm ok then I'll gradually start to build up. It's nice to actually have some kind of plan in regards to my running. It's actually kind of in line with what I was thinking anyway. Except of course, I would have thrown a long run in there on Saturdays. Eventually that will come but for now, I'll take the 5km.
In other news, I went for my first ride on Freewill (the new wheels) on Saturday. We went out to Durham Forest which is about an hour outside of Toronto. There was actually snow on the trails which made me a bit apprehensive but once I got going, it was awesome. G took me on a bit of single track again and I managed for the most part, but had to get off and walk a bit in some spots as the turns were just too tight for my confidence level. But I'm getting better. Towards the end of the ride I was bombing down a path towards the car and I actually jumped a root. I landed, yelled WOOHOO and started laughing hysterically. We got back out to the parking lot and I said to G, "Can we go back and do a bit more?". I think this bike wins as the best Christmas present I've ever gotten.
|I don't think that grin left my face...except for when I was on single track.|
|Me & G - we clean up alright sometimes!|
|My and my favourite partner in crime, Sue.|
I had planned on an easier week of training and I guess that kind of happened as my intensity level was a bit lower even though my time was still kind of up there. I went back to physio and she gave me even more things to do. This time around, she has me doing a lot of standing work which is much more functional in terms of translating to running.
The numbers for the week:
Tuesday: 60 minutes of strength & mobility work + a 7km run in a.m. Pilates in p.m.
Wednesday: 2350m swim in a.m., 45 minute ride in p.m.
Thursday: 60 minute strength & mobility, 5km run in a.m.
Friday: 2400m swim
Saturday: 16.2km mountain bike ride
Sunday: 6.19km run
Total time: 8h 23 minutes
That was a pretty decent week!
How was your week of workouts? Who else ran off a hangover this weekend?