This week is the last week of running before I take my MUCH NEEDED extended break! That’s right, Im taking a month off from running and Im not sad about it at all. Instead Im going to work on my core strength and built those muscles and get nice and lean for my October and November vacations.
Tuesday: Rest day! Its leading up to race day so there are a few extra rest days thrown in here. I also saw the chiropractor today and found out I have a pinched nerve in my leg which was causing a lot of the issues. I got laserd, poked and jerked back into place so hopefully things will be on the up and up soon!
Wednesday: 4 mile easy run today and I took photographic proof that I was able to complete the run at almost the requested pace (11min). I felt pretty solid, still having some lingering pain but nothing to make me stop….but the day progressed. Friends…on a scale of 1 to 10 my leg became a 12 and I contemplated (although not seriously) cutting my leg off. By the time I got home at 6pm my entire left leg from ankle to back was vibrating with pain even when at rest. W…T…F. I put my pain cream (prescription) on my calf, took 2 alieve, put bio freeze on my leg, iced 10min on 10 minutes off for an hour and elevated my leg. I AM SO OVER THIS CRAP!!!
Thursday: Rest day from running and back to the chiropractor. He thinks my issues might be back related and I might agree with that. We did a little work but his main goal was to just get me to a place where I can run Saturday and then we can adjust the treatment next week. The leg feels WAY better today so thats a plus. Just gotta keep these good vibes going until Saturday.
Friday: Rest day again but did 15 minutes stretching / foam rolling / yoga poses so loosen things up and give the muscles some TLC. The leg is still feeling good but I put some KT tape on the calf just to be on the safe side.
Saturday: Houston Rodeo Run 10k day (recap coming soon)! Today’s goal was to run a sub hour 10k but with all the leg issues I want to get as close to that mark as possible. Luckily my friend Amy agreed to be my bunny pacer and helped me so much during this race. There were about 8 inclines which my body was not prepared for. I think that coupled with the injury led to my 1:03:21 time. Its not a bad time by any means, just not what I really wanted. Oh well back to the drawing board to find a fall race to finally tackle that sub hour 10k! THANKS AMY for being a great friend and encouragement during the race. Your Disney adventures definitely kept my mind mostly off the pain I was going through. You are AWESOME!!
Sunday: And the hobbling begins. Last night my leg got progressively more painful and by the end of the night it was tough to walk. Boo hiss. Its a different pain than previous so my leg is just all sorts of over it. Good thing I go see Dr. Stephan again Thursday. I WILL CONQUER THIS PAIN. Enjoy a picture of Cowboys in Downtown Houston…Let’s RODEO!
Monday: 3 ab blogilaties videos today plus a 20 minute yoga video. Almost no work on the calf so these videos were perfect for me today. I really need to get back my core strength so that’s what Im going to be focusing on the next month or longer (depending on how long it takes my leg to heal).
CHIME IN!!! Have you been to the Houston Rodeo? What’s your favorite thing to crosstrain? How was your week?