4 more weeks until race day. I’m thinking my body is going to give me trouble so I may not be getting the time I hoped for but that’s life for a runner. Things happen, we adjust and keep moving.
Tuesday: Easy run today, 4 miles at average pace of 10:50. I know under 11 minutes, its crazy talk. Well this morning was pretty cool and I wasn’t struggling to breathe like I have been so that was nice. By the time I got home from work my left hip was beyond stiff and I was walking really stupid. I spent extra time stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses to keep up with the quad and work out the hip. I used ice/heat and the torture devices to try and work it out. Pain pain and more pain. I skipped pop pilates today to give my hip a break. To say I am beyond annoyed with these muscle issues is an understatement.
Wednesday: My hip is still super tight so I decided not to run today. More foam rolling / heat / torture devices / bio freeze / alieve to work on inflammation. I put a call in to my doctor to refill my prescription anti-inflammatory and made an appointment for next weekend with an acupuncturist. I’m going to do as much as I can to get this fixed.
Thursday: Scheduled rest day today and I’m taking full advantage by doing more ice/heat therapy, more foam rolling and more torture devices. The things runners do to get our bodies back at it!
Friday: Recovery run and honestly a test run to see how my body is feeling. Its one thing to walk around and feel ok, its something entirely different to run. Hip is still pretty stiff and was an annoyance the whole run but it wasn’t so bad I had to stop. Ended with 3 miles at 11:22 pace which I was happy with. More heat therapy and torture tools that night to work out as much as I can before tomorrows long run.
Saturday: Half an english muffin with almond butter and banana then it was out the door. My whole body was stiff today which made for a slower pace but I was able to get 10 miles in. I took a gel at mile 5 and listened to some fun podcasts to keep me going. Thank goodness Joe had to work today, he brought me more water at mile 7 and I had almost run out. I felt tight and not great the whole run but finished with 10 miles at 11:52 pace, its a lot slower than what was on tap but I figured slow it down get the time in and it will be fine. I did end the run 8 minutes short because I had made it to my street and once I see my house my brain is done. I didn’t get to do my detox bath because I needed to get to french lessons but I did do about 20 minutes of stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses / heat therapy that night to make up for it.
Sunday: Scheduled rest day and it felt so good to sleep in!!! I put heat off and on to the hip then at the end of the night I did my yoga poses / foam rolling / stretching. It hurt but in the “this is going to feel good later” kind of way 🙂 Oh and we are installing a media center in out living room so today was also spent “supervising” that project…while watching Harry Potter weekend.
Monday: Scheduled rest day! I was going to start POP pilates for September today but we had friends over so I decided to push it back. It was so nice to have 2 days off in a row that I didn’t have to go to work. My body needed the rest for sure.
CHIME IN!!! How did your workouts go this week? Whats more important to you, hitting the distance or the pace? What has been your longest run lately?