My original plan was to start ramping up around the first of February & maybe even add a spring half marathon to the schedule. Well, then 12/21 came along & plans changed. I only had a basic idea what my treatment plan would be but no idea how quick or slow I would move through the process. I decided to start my ramp up on the last Saturday of the year, 12/31. I put together the below plan & was able to stick to it with the exception of the week post surgery.
|2/25/2017||1.5 (Was 4)||4||Rest||5.3 (was 9)||Rest||4|
After the surgery I did switch to a longer walk interval. Pre-surgery short runs were on a 4 min run / 1 min walk interval & long runs were a 3 min run / 2 min walk interval. The week after the surgery I walked the entire distance. 2 weeks post surgery I did a 4 min walk / 1 min run interval. I had to use an ace bandage to keep the girls from bouncing. For my last long run I did a 4 min walk / 1 min run for 8 miles again with the ace bandage. I felt pretty good until 6 miles then my legs were dead. I believe that was a side effect of doing the 2 week food test. The 2 week test will eventually get it's own blog post. I originally planned to start the test after the Quarter Horse but decided to start it sooner. I wanted to be done prior to starting radiation & since I had already reduced my run volume I didn't think it would hurt too bad.
A March running event is always a toss up weather wise. It could be cold/snowy, wet/windy, sunny/warm or any other combination. The morning started promising. It was partly sunny in the low 40's. My plan was to continue the 4 min walk / 1 min run for as long as I could. The first part of the race is on Huffman Mill Pike but the last 7 miles are within the horse farm. The back half of the course is hilly & of course the wind picked up for the last 3 miles. Thankfully there was no rain but man the wind was brutal. I was also grateful that Audrey & I did the entire race together.
After one last hill to climb I crossed the finish line 3 weeks post lumpectomy surgery. FU cancer!