Ok- so I have not posted in over a month. Training was going really well until the week after our ski trip (two weeks ago) I ran a short run outside on February 3rd or so, and tweaked my hamstring on my left leg. IT Band/knee issue still in play on right leg, and I think the skiing did not help that. SIGH.
So, learning from past mistakes, I cut my 16 miler during week 11 down to 14 miles, and then did not run for a week. Swam 2M, 2.5M and did work on the Cross-trainer in attempt to not lose too much fitness during week 10.
This week is 9 weeks to go, and I am basically running to my own plan (pun intended). Did 8M yesterday, last 2M at MP (somewhere between 8:30-8:40 at this point in time). Today I swam 1/5 miles, including two 10 length kick sets, which really took it to my legs, in a good way. I have also added the stair climber to my routine. (goal 10-20 minutes 3x a week) in attempt to strengthen my legs. Am also committed to stretching every day at least 10 minutes a day. I figure I have 9 weeks to go, and want to get in as good of shape as possible. Hoping it will be good RUNNING shape.