Monday, 28 May 2012

Seven down, five to go!

Wow, it's hard to believe that it's already more than seven weeks since the doctor gave me the thumbs up to start running after Baby Girl's birth!  Time sure is flying.  I am thrilled to report that I've religeously stuck to my running programme over these seven weeks and that I'm back to comfortably (well, most days anyway) running for (relatively) extended periods of time!

I'm following the "SHAPE 10 km Challenge" programme and would really recommend this programme to anyone wishing to tackle a 10 km run for the first time; or wishing to use it to get back to running after pregnancy or an injury, like I did.  The programme runs over a 12 week period and, from my point of view, is nice and challenging, but still doable.  None of the workouts so far has left me with too much in the tank afterwards, but, on the other hand, it also hasn't left me feeling over-challenged and dejected.

10k header

On the down side, though, I'm not so thrilled to report that my left IT Band is feeling a bit iffy.  (Thanks, slanted streets.)  Thankfully it hasn't progressed to knee pain just yet (and I'm definitely not planning on letting it go that far); so I'm foam rolling and stretching like a mad woman in order to set things straight.  I also find that cross training for a day or two each week, in addition to the three days of running, is helping with strengthening my legs, which in turn also seems to be helping with the ITB issues.

[Side view of the leg, indicating the location of the IT Band.  Source.]

I'm trusting that the SHAPE programme will provide me with a good fitness base with a view to the road racing season scheduled for the latter part of the year; and hope to complete another, more intermediate, 10 km programme before then.  I've already entered one race taking place in September and will tell you all about it in a future post - it's a fun one! 

1 comment:

  1. I hope you get well soon. The cross training helps to prevent injury; it is in my normal routine. Indeed now my plan is 50% swimming and 50% running but I am badly injured.
    Good luck with your 10 km program.


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