Monday, October 15, 2012

TrainingTruths: Beating the Hurdles

Two weeks ago I signed up for Half Marathon #6, the Manchester City Half Marathon. The priority for my training is beating the hills, but this week I faced some other hurdles as well.

#TrainingTruth: Too much running = cranky knee.

After running four days in a row, my 3 mile trail run was accompanied by an unwelcome stabbing pain in my left knee. So after enjoying a post run soccer game, I took a rest day. Goodbye pain.

#TrainingTruth: I have a strong aversion to headwinds.

I'll tell you why. Headwinds on an out & back run should become tailwinds, but they never do. The winds usually shift, so I find myself facing headwinds again. Only thing to do, is power though.

#TrainingTruth: I can tackle hills with my eyes closed.

Seriously, if I keep my eyes down and avoid looking up to see how much further until I reach the top, then my uphill runs turn out much better. Then I reward my legs with the foam roller. 

How do you overcome the hurdles you encounter during your runs?

#TrainingTruths is not just about me. We all like to see what everyone else is doing and use that information to assess ourselves. It's not judgement. It's a way to share and learn and make changes when necessary.

To participate all you have to do is share your #TrainingTruths:
  1. Tag a Twitter post with the hashtag #TrainingTruths
  2. Comment on the Running Escapades Facebook page 
  3. Leave a link to your own blog post in the comments
I look forward to reading your #TrainingTruths!


  1. Im not a runner but hurdles in general? I POWER THROUGH AND FORWARD :-)

  2. The Machester Half/Full Marathon scares me with all those hills. Good for you in beating those hills!

  3. I cannot tackle hills with my eyes closed (or open) as of yet..but I will someday charge through them! :)

  4. Great post Amy. I hope your knee does not keep acting up! Sometimes I find underfueling pre-run to be a huge training hurdle because I feel like I just can't get moving. There is nothing worse than running on a half empty "tank!" #trainingtruth. It looks like you are on a role with your racing. Keep it up!

  5. haha, some day I'll be able to look at them too!

  6. Thanks! It's not going to be pretty!

  7. Awesome, can I trail behind? Sometimes I need help ;)

  8. I hate hills so much. I try to tell myself I will train them, but I never do! They are the worst.

  9. i really like this and your don't look up when running the hills is exactly what i have done for-ever! hey, your fitness fridays is a version of my fab fridays! like!


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