November 7, 2013 by saltdogsducttape
We do a pretty fair amount of training. Between CrossFit and running we seldom have a day where we are completely “off.” Some days are considerably lighter than others, but everyday has running, or CrossFit, or both. Now that we have started our 5K training those lighter days are going to be limited for a couple of weeks.
About halfway through my half marathon training I ended up having to skip a couple of days due to achilles pain. CrossFit was one of the reasons that I was able to hit my goal in the half. When I couldn’t run I could still row, squat, and lift. This allowed me to keep my conditioning up while resting my achilles and correcting the issue. While that worked out well, I’d like to avoid any complications this time. Especially with such a short timeframe.
Since ramping up our running intensity my legs have been tired to say the least. That’s nothing new really, but not having a deload day is a little daunting, there is not a lot of room for error. To avoid overtraining (and injury) I’m paying a lot more attention to the small stuff, the stuff that’s not exciting but important.
So far I’ve increased my post workout mobility work, which wasn’t hard to do because it didn’t really exist before. While I’m always glad for time on the foam roller, after the fact, frankly it’s not fun and usually kind of painful. It’s not fun, but you gotta do it. I’ve also been able to get eight hours of sleep a couple of times this week. During sleep is when your body releases growth hormone which is crucial for recovery. Since starting our training plan I have been hungry, almost constantly. I have no problem embracing this; work hard, eat big.
It’s not fun, but it’s usually the things that no one can see that make you better.