S.O.S.

My knee hurts. I wrote in my last training recap that my knee began to felt cranky toward the end of my last long run. It felt fine on Monday. Then Tuesday’s workout rolled around and the pain popped back during a 1.5 mile interval at half marathon pace. “No, no, no, no,” I kept thinking. I “cooled-down” and walked a couple blocks home dejected.

I think I irritated my IT band, and I blame a lazy glute that isn’t pulling it’s share of the work. Raaaaawwwwr. I’m pushing down the occasional bursts of all-out panic and fiercely thinking, “I’m fine. This is fine. It’ll be fine.” The worst case scenario rushing through my brain is starting the race, presumable healthy, and having this knee pain kick in somewhere along the race and derail the goal pace I’ve been training to run for 10+ weeks. Of course, the real worst case scenario is not running the race at all, but I’m definitely not there yet.

But let me think positively – race day is 10 days from now. Not tomorrow. I have a little time. I’m going to rest from running for a couple days and see how it feels – maybe I just irritated it. I have had 9+ great weeks of training and mileage; a couple days off will not undo me. I’m going to use the time to actively take steps that will get me to the start line with a happy knee. And if the worse case scenario does happen, there will be other upcoming races I could turn into a goal race. Life happens.

Yoga does do a stressed out human’s mind and body good.

For the record, I think my knee began hurting because I began to slack on the little things. Not just one particular thing, but one or two smaller things a day.. I got lazy about doing the PT exercises I used to be so diligent about before my run. I sped through my dynamic stretches instead of prioritizing them. I started getting to bed later. I foam rolled every other day, etc., etc.

Thus…the plan:

  • Daily PT exercises (clam shells, bridges, resistance band works, etc.)
  • Daily stretching
  • Fitting in yoga classes when I can – good for the body and the meditation is excellent at calming down the “why meeeee” voice in my head
  • Extra sleep
  • Alternative workouts to keep up my endurance: elliptical, swimming, biking
  • An extra Pure Barre class this week and next – I swear it’s better than a session of physical therapy

Wish me luck. Hoping for a more positive update on Monday!

Owens Corning Half Training Recap: Week 10

Two weeks from race day!!! Highs of the week: running 7.5 miles at half marathon goal pace during Thursday’s workout (a confidence booster before race day) and finishing off Sunday’s long run with my brother Benji. I cut Sunday’s 10-miler a teeny bit short because my right knee was a little cranky, and I didn’t feel another half mile was worth pushing through the discomfort. (I blame slacking on time with my foam roller and no yoga class this week).

My favorite park, Wildwood, was packed on Sunday. It was a beautiful, sunny, 70+ degree day and cars were bumper to bumper in their search for parking. Luckily we followed a rogue car into a smaller, hidden parking lot, and it saved the day. The weather also gave me a chance to test out a possible warm-day, race day outfit (stride shorts + luxie tank), weather permitting.

The lows: three afternoon runs. For a number of different reasons, I couldn’t get outside in the morning so I had to run after work. This mean cutting Tuesday’s workout short (only 5 out of the prescribed 8 intervals) and running on the treadmill Thursday night, but I got it done.

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I told Ben my dream for 2018 is creating a family marathon relay team for the Glass City Marathon 😉
  • Monday: Pure Barre
  • Tuesday: 2 mile warm-up, 5 x (1000m at 10k pace, 200m at marathon pace), 1.2 mile cool-down
  • Wednesday: Pure Barre
  • Thursday: 7 miles on the treadmill (no sideways freezing rain for me, plz)
  • Friday: 2 mile warm-up, 3 x 2.5 miles at goal pace with rest, and a mile cool-down
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: 9.4 miles
  • Weekly mileage = 35 miles

As I write this, I’m laughing at how there was freezing rain on Wednesday and a 70+ degree day on Sunday…

I’m linking up Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC + Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap.

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My Tuesday night pacer: my husband and his penny board.