Good morning! I know you usually expect to come here and see Saturday Shares on the weekend. I decided to try something a bit different this weekend since I still have some training to recap from the week. Then, I promise to have lots of link love coming your way tomorrow morning. Deal? Deal!
So, training this week? Started off great. Ended in pure frustration and, not gonna lie, a fair amount of tears. Let me fill you in now.
Monday 12/10: Hot Yoga Class
I still cannot get enough! Every Monday, I look forward to this class. The instructor at my new gym knows her stuff and I always leave so rejuvenated. The class features a lot of flow movements with traditional sun salutation series and many of my favorite poses – from triangle to crescent lunges. My tight hamstrings and calves always feel nicely stretched out, as well as my hips opened and lower back relieved by the end. Find a good instructor and class and I have no doubt you could be yoga hooked too. If you aren’t already, that is.
Tuesday 12:11: Upper Body DVD
This is a fairly new to me Cathe DVD. Somehow, I still find myself buying her DVDs even though I don’t do solely at home workouts like I used to when I originally stock piled all her DVDs. I know her workouts never fail me, though, so I keep coming back for more. I love love love this DVD! I did the upper body workout for more recovery time for my legs post-race this week and definitely felt the burn. The DVD also had a lower body option, which is especially fun.
Wednesday 12/12: 4 mile recovery run
I normally take my recovery runs on the treadmill, but knew I wanted to get outdoors for this one. I still managed to keep my pace down and really took it easy. I started off feeling pretty stiff still following the race, but loosened up quite nicely by the end.
Thursday 12/13: Spin Class + Gentle Yoga
My plan originally called for strength plus spin, but I could tell my legs still felt fairly tired and could use a good stretch. So I opted to hit a yoga class at the gym alongside my regular cross training session with spin. Unfortunately, the schedule meant taking yoga first which isn’t what I would have preferred, but it still felt great to stretch myself out.
Friday 12/14: 6 Mile Run – aka when things got ugly
I had six miles of maintenance intervals on tap for Friday from the coach (aka Heather). The plan called for a 2 mile easy warm-up, then 3 sets of short intervals. Each set included a 3/4 mile interval at 8:00-8:18 minute per mile pace followed with 1/4 mile recovery at around 10:00-10:50 pace. All finished up with a mile cool down. It all sounds very doable, right? I ran 13 miles less than a week ago without any real pain and have taken it easy on the running since then.
Well, the first two miles went fine. I felt fairly stiff and had heavy legs during the first interval but nothing bad. Then as soon as I started ramping up for the second, BAM! Bad pain in my right ankle/calf AND even worse in my left IT Band. I immediately slowed it down to finish out the run. I finished with my ankle feeling better after I slowed, but my ITB progressively feeling worse again by the end.
Then, I was walking with a limp a couple hours later.
I can’t even begin to express the frustration. After spending so much of this year dealing with injury on some level, I have really tried to apply the lessons I learned over that time to my training now.
I have a very smart coach to keep me from doing too much. I took time to build back up a good base of 20-30 miles per week before doing races again. I have listened to my body and scaled back to the half marathon instead of a full and with it decreased my overall mileage and running days dramatically. I take care of my body with foam rolling, supplemental strength training, proper nutrition, adequate rest, and more.
Quite frankly, I’m pretty pissed at my body right now. I also know I will do what needs to be done to honor it. I have a rest day today and will foam roll a lot over the weekend. Then, I’ll see what Heather recommends and follow her guidance. I also already have a regular visit with my sports chiropractor in a couple days. And if pain continues? Then I will listen and honor my body and whatever reason it keeps getting pissed at me. I just hope it was residual from the half and all clears up sooner rather than later. Until I figure it out, I plan to enjoy a weekend with quite a few friends and my family and try to keep it off my mind.
And to end on a positive note, here’s a little #theweekendcounts message to motivate ya!