Don’t you hate when things are going along swimmingly and then BAM! things are not so good.
Last week’s workouts were just that.
Tuesday I felt great. Nice 10 mile hilly run feeling good.
Wednesday I felt great up until the end of the run. Then there was that niggle. That feeling that sent me in a tail spin of “Oh f@ck. Here we got again on the injury train.”
45 minutes bike trainer and Functional Fitness Workout
Easy pace 10 miles. Lori and I tried for a flatter route but there is no such thing as flat in our town. We kept the pace easy and conversational.
I closed out the month of February with 150 miles total. I haven’t tracked my mileage since early 2015 so it was fun to see it up there.
7 miles Hill Repeats
Last time Lori and I tackled the big ass hill in town for hill repeats, it was snowing. Today it was raining. The next sunshine and blue skies? Fingers crossed. I felt really good during the repeats and my time showed – 2:06 was my best time compared to 2:11 one month ago.
1 mile warm up, 9 x hill repeats, approximately 1.5 miles cool down.
By the end of the run, I could tell that something wasn’t feeling right with my right foot (not the usual injured foot). My calf felt tight and there was some pain when I pointed my toes.
When I got home, I iced and rolled and said a thousand Hail Mary’s that I wasn’t injured.
This is what 1,239 feet of elevation gain looks like.
A.M. Sunrise Yoga
Since the kids were off for school vacation and so was Ron, I made it to a sunrise yoga class. I had a planned rest day but I wanted to get in a yoga class to stretch out my calf in hopes my foot would be happier. It did feel pretty good afterwards.
With the day off from work, I couldn’t resist joining a group of new friends for my long run. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to miss out on the brutal cold and wind on Saturday. Best move ever!
I was questioning if I was going to be able to run due to my foot but it felt good on Friday morning when I set out. I told myself that I’d call it if my foot started talking to me. Thankfully, it didn’t. Until I was done, oddly enough.
My plan called for 15 miles with 6 x 3:00 pick ups mid run @ 7:50-7:55 pace, 5:00 recovery.
I ran with the group at an easy pace until mile 7 before starting the workout. A nasty headwind made me feel like I was going at a snail’s pace but my watch let me know that I was right on pace.
I shocked myself how good I felt during the workout. It was a nice confidence booster knowing that I can find some kick mid run.
I was tired for the last 2 miles of the run. I wanted to walk at points because the wind was unrelenting. I turned on the positive self talk and was never so happy to be done.
My foot felt fine during the day but felt tighter and painful as the day went on. Foam rolling, stretching and icing happened as much as I could get in throughout the day. Ugh.
Despite what it looks like in the pic, I’m not wearing a satin jacket.
I also found out that I made it into the Mount Washington lottery again. My reaction was the same as last year. YAY!!!! Oh sh!t.
Recumbent bike, strength training
I put on my smart runner hat and ditched my planned recovery run for 50 minutes on the bike followed up with strength training. And of course, more icing, foam rolling and stretching.
Morning Flow yoga class
I took a rest day except for a morning flow yoga class and a bone chilling walk with Cooper and the kids.
I’m trying not to let my mind lead me down the slippery slope of thinking my marathon goal is shot. I’ve got 10.5 weeks until race day. A lot can happen until then. Being conservative right now is the best. Fingers crossed things work out.
How was your week in workouts?
Have you ever had to take time off from training for a goal race?