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Training Weeks 10 and 11: Cross Training and A Pain in the Butt

I always stress the importance of Cross Training and Strength Training while training. However, I myself tend to slip up and get lazy skip the cross training and strength work. I am always reminded that I need to keep this up when an injury creeps up.

For Training Weeks 10 and 11, I had some issues with piriformis. Which always seems to pop up when I stop my strength exercises and stop cross training. To be honest I stop and back down because I’m lazy and just love running so much that’s all I want to do. But also I get really tired during training and just want to run and sleep. My body thinks its ready for taper time but it’s not quite that time yet! Staying positive helped me to keep getting out the door no matter how tired I was.

Positive Patient PersistentTraining Week 10

Monday – 6 Easy Miles
Tuesday – AM workout – Speedwork 1 mile warmup, 3×2 miles in 15:40 with 400 jog in between and 1 mile cooldown.
Wednesday – AM workout – 6 Miles, PM workout- 2,250 yd swim
Thursday – 1 mile warmup and 9 mile tempo run at an 8 min pace
Friday – 16 miles
Saturday – Rest Day
Sunday – 8 Miles

Total Running Mileage: 54

Training Week 11

Monday – 6.2 Easy Miles
Tuesday – AM workout – Speedwork 1 mile warmup, 2×3 mile in 23:30 with 800 jog in between and 1 mile cooldown.
Wednesday – AM workout – 1hr elliptical – Miles, PM workout- swim 2,500 yd
Thursday – 1 mile warmup and 9 mile tempo run at an 8 min pace
Friday – Rest Day
Saturday – 10 miles at 8:43 Pace – Very Hilly throughout Boston/Somerville/Cambridge

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Sunday – 10 miles at 8:48 Pace – A little flatter of a run through Somerville and Cambridge

IMG_3685Total Running Mileage: 45.2

Literally a pain in my bitt
Literally a pain in my bitt

To “fix” the piriformis I made a visit to my chiropractor who does ART (active release treatment) and Graston. He was able to loosen up my back and butt to get blood flowing back to that area. I also followed up with a massage at Soothe Massage to continue loosening things up. I try and get a massage about every 6 weeks to keep my body from getting too many knots that the foam roller doesn’t get out.

How do you keep up with your cross training? Anyone have any nagging injuries that creep up?

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