The key to my half marathon training these first few weeks continues to be flexibility. My toe is finally doing better. My knee *might* be okay for a run-walk starting next week, I know I can at least try and find out. But this week, I'm still doing workout substitutions.
I am okay substituting my cycling minutes on the trainer right now for running minutes. I am also okay having Friday marked as an easy day with the idea that it's just some un-prescribed walk. My training plan calls for a long run on Saturdays and last week I tried substituting an hour trainer ride, but ended up bailing on it and doing a 5 mile walk. I was okay with that too.
For this week, I only needed to do a 3 mile run.
Here is the dilemma. Yesterday (my easy day), I did a 45 minutes walk which ended up being 2.6 miles. I could easily count that as my 'easy' day, just like it says in the plan.
Today I did not run, cycle, or walk. But I did work on erecting a field fence (150 linear feet completed today) and boy am I tired! To be honest, I didn't do the bulk of it, but the part that I did wore me out. I'd have no issue counting this as my exercise for the day if it was supposed to be a strength workout at the gym, but it's supposed to be a 3 mile run. I am unsure whether I should count it or not.
You may be thinking that I'm totally over thinking this. You might be correct. However, I'm taking great pleasure in checking off easy prescribed workout as it or a reasonable substitute gets done and I'm not sure if my 3 mile run should get checked off or not and it's making me crazy!
What do you think? Did the fencing work provide a good enough substitute for a 3 mile run in week 2 of my half marathon training? Should I leave it unchecked as *gasp* a missed workout in my half marathon training? Is there something else I should do, like try to fit in a trainer ride Sunday? Am I completely over thinking this?
Update: I am not counting it. My arms are sore, my legs are fine. Fence building was a strength thing, not a cardio thing. Also, my step count was ~9950 steps compared to ~15000 the day before, so clearly I wasn't even doing a lot of walking in the process. I also feel that I should add...I know that the best was to train for a running event is to run. I need to be creative in my training to let both my knee and toe have time to recover. Fingers crossed that I'll be running next week.