Back At It (+ OC Half Marathon Training Plan)


Training for the OC Half Marathon has officially begun.


T-minus two months!

Yikes. Time sure flies, huh?

We had some amazing weather this weekend, and I had planned to do my first long run for OC on Saturday, giving me nine-ish weeks to train. I’ve had some pain in my lower leg (muscle between my calf and shin, whatever that’s called), though, so last week was a whole lot of… well, not running. Turns out the running shoes I wore for the Surf City half and trained in for about eight weeks prior — my beloved Nike Structures — were actually sabotaging me. Not to be dramatic or anything. ūüėČ

I have sworn by Nike  for YEARS, but the latest iteration of their Structure shoe  apparently offers more stability than in the past, which is more stability than my little feet actually need. Super.

See, last week I paid a visit to Road Runner, an awesome running store here in southern California, to complain about the leg pain I’d started having ¬†and look for some new shoes. Well, one unexpected gait/foot analysis ¬†by a fantastic salesman later, and I left the store with new running shoes (Asics G-2000!) and a heck of a lot more knowledge about my feet than I’d walked in with.¬†IMG_1378

But the leg pain? Ugh. Still lingering, despite a severe lack of running on my part for the past couple of weeks.

I was feeling pretty discouraged on Saturday, but after a little pep talk and a good night’s rest, I felt ¬†more positive and less in pain… enough so that I decided to head to Mission Bay to try and do the prescribed long run on my training schedule — six miles.


IMG_1374I ended up cutting it short at five, but it was certainly better than nothing! And, thanks to my running partner, it was a pretty good clip. Well, slow for him, but great for me, considering my sporadic and sparse runs since Surf City a month ago.

In case you’re interested, here is the modified training plan I’m using to prepare for OC:oc plan image

Anyways, my leg actually felt alright when I set out, but it was definitely sore afterwards. Okay, fine… and during. Not terrible, but certainly not normal.

I’m typing this with my leg on top of an ice pack, sooooo guess we’ll cross our fingers, eh?

Time to get to work. Enjoy your Monday!


How was your weekend? Anyone else training for a spring/early summer race?

2 Comments on Back At It (+ OC Half Marathon Training Plan)

  1. Jenna
    March 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM (4 years ago)

    I’ve been using Brooks PureCadence for the last few years, and love them. My IT band has been acting up though for the last year‚Ķ not sure if it’s related to the shoes, or more intense training.

    Anywho, I’m looking forward to signing up for some races in SD.. the only race I’ve done since I left DC in May of 2013 is a 10k here in Paso Robles. I’m ready for my next half! Good luck training!

    • joelle
      March 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks! Have fun picking out a new half to do!


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