Monday, October 22, 2012

TrainingTruths: Ups & Downs

If you think running is easy, think again. Even after running relatively consistently for the last two years, I still have daily struggles. This week I kept my focus on the preparing for the hilly course of my next half marathon, while at the same time trying to stay injury free. 

#TrainingTruth: I like using a virtual race as motivation to get in a good run.

After running in sub freezing temps on Saturday, this Monday afternoon run was a return to the humid warmer fall temperatures. Fearing I would lack some motivation, I decided to run Jess' Cupcake Classic 5K

#TrainingTruth: Some runs go from bad to worse before you know it.

My tight butt muscle/knot progressed down to my calf on this one. About two miles into this planned six mile run, I had to stop and stretch/massage/punch...and then turn around cutting the run short. I felt better on the way back, but then my running partner rolled her ankle. It was an ugly run. 

#TrainingTruth: Running down the hill forces you to run back up it.

After using my favorite Yoga for Runners app, I was feeling ready to take on my normal Saturday long run and some hills. Running 4 miles from my driveway through the center of town means going down a hill that drops over 100 feet in a .5 mile which then requires going back up it to get home. It worked.  

What ups & downs are you facing in your training right now?

#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. timetimetime is my down.

  2. Your timing is perfect - I just had some literal & metaphorical ups & downs at the RW Half this weekend. The first 8 miles were just uphill after uphill; total climb on the course was ~1,000 feet. I honestly considered a DNF by mile 5! And I was a little down to have my slowest half time ever (2:04), BUT was glad to be part of the inaugural run, which was one big party the whole way. I hope your butt/leg/calf works itself out!

  3. I love virtual runs too! They are such great motivation to get my butt out of the house and run!


  5. I'm glad you had fun even if you were sad about your's still a great finish!

  6. What? Yoga for Runners app? Downloaded right now. Thank you!!!! Right now I don't really have a plan. Well, I have goals in mind and what I want to work with - but I haven't actually gotten around to finding a plan or writing one down. I'm kind of in limbo.

  7. Hate those ugly runs! Luckily most of my runs and training has been on the up lately (knock on wood), but I have had my fair share of ugly earlier this year between recurring injury and other things just consistently making it hard to stick with. Hope things turn back around for you soon!

  8. #TrainingTruth 1 rest day rocks. 56 Rest days drives you stir crazy.


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