Last September, I finished second among nearly 450 runners at the annual Run Wild 10K at the Detroit Zoo. This is the highest I’ve ever placed in a road race and speaks volumes to the discipline and diligence in my training over the preceding eight weeks.
To train for the 10K, I followed the Nike+ Running Club plan to a T, completing each speed workout as prescribed and taking off-days when needed (few, fortunately, were needed).
About six weeks later, however, I began to experience crushing pain in my right ankle, which was later diagnosed as inflammation of the peroneal tendons.
I missed the half-marathon I was slated to run just three weeks later in mid-November.
For the remainder of 2018, I wouldn’t run more than 10 miles per week.
After nearly four months of physical therapy and steady progress, I have started training for the Detroit Free Press Marathon, held on 20 October 2019 (coincidentally, the birthday of one of my moms).
I plan to follow Nike+ Running Club’s 18-week marathon training plan with some minor modifications:
- I plan to add abdominal/core workouts every week directly following two recovery runs
- I will also complete a series of yoga sequences every other day throughout training
Much of my training, unfortunately, will coincide with my first semester of medical school, which is all but guaranteed to be a source of stress unlike any other I’ve experienced.