Last week was a tough week in life but a great week in running. My runs were faster, longer and harder in a good way but life was exhausting. After napping quite a bit on Saturday and a little on Sunday I felt like I’d gained some ground and was almost level again energy wise. Sunday’s run was a little slower than the runs earlier in the week but honestly, I wanted to conserve some of that new-found energy.
Monday…woke up late for work. Barely had time for a shower and breakfast and definitely didn’t have time to do my hair. So I bunned it and did the best I could do. Got through work and headed to the gym. It should have been an easy workout with just walking on the treadmill at an incline but I decided that I would go ahead and do Tuesdays planned workout which included adding an additional minute of run time to each interval and decreasing the walk sections by a minute.
I won’t lie. It was tough. It was the kind of run where you wonder why you do this, why are you torturing yourself. It wasn’t that I was running too fast or that the additional minute was too much. It was that I’ve been pushing too hard. I’m not ready for back to back runs. They take too much out of me right now.
When I got up this morning, after tossing and turning all night and not being able to get comfortable, both my legs hurt. My thighs were tight, my groin was sore and even under my butt check on the pulled goin side was sore. TMI, sorry. Not to mention my ankle. My left ankle has been compensation for my injury and is screaming for relief. It hurts. Rotate my ankle at all and it’s crying.
I know that I pushed myself way too far yesterday and today I’m paying the price. I’m so tired that I didn’t really wake up until 10:45…and I started work at 7am. I’ve drank an entire pot of coffee by myself. And I’m still drinking it now. Normally by this time of day, I’m finishing up my 11k steps for the day but today, I’m not even at 40%. And the last time I had a full rest day with no gym at all was almost 2 weeks ago.
I think it’s time to pull the plug and take a full rest day. Hello Tuesday rest day. Not nearly as fun as Sunday Run day but it’ll do pig, it’ll do.
Yesterday was wear your KT Tape to work day. Did you wear yours? Mine was the ever fashionable KT Pro in Pink, applied last Wednesday. As a side note, I’d like to say that yes I did wear shoes work and yes I walk around my office without them all the time. I will blame my hippy mother for that one. I’d also like to note those muscley calves. Wooo baby!
Intervals have been my go to since I joined the gym to use the treadmill for recovery. 5 minute warm up, 10 minute run/5 minute walk x’s 3 and then 5 minute run/5 minute walk for a total of 60 minutes plus a 2 minute cool down.
My leg is getting stronger and while running still hurts, it’s more of a dull throb as I’m getting stronger. The 10 minute run sections aren’t as hard as they once were and while I’m struggling to get through them it’s more of a mental struggle than a physical struggle. So yesterday I added a minute to each of the run sections and decreased the walk sections by a minute. The idea is to keep doing this as the run sections become less challenging until I’m running the whole time.
My gym membership runs out in the middle of October and I’m hoping by that time I’ll be back running for an hour or more by that time. Goal is to be running a 10 minute mile for distance (or faster, I won’t complain) and possibly be ready for a 5k or at least get back to running outside. I miss outside so much. Running on the treadmill is so not as interesting as running outside. At least the treadmills face the parking lot and I can watch the coming and goings of everyone going to Tractor Supply or the take and bake pizza place next door.
Yesterday’s highlight of the parking lot was a lady in skin-tight sweatpants. I didn’t know you could get sweat pants that tight. It looked uncomfortable. A couple of weeks ago I watched 4 cars all back up at the same time and almost crash into each other. It’s always a good time watching parking lot craziness.
Running Report for last week:
Monday: 4.25 miles @ 12:13 min/mile – total time: 51.57
Wednesday: 5.00 miles @ 12:19 min/mile – total time: 1:01:35
Friday: 5.00 Miles @ 12:04 min/mile – total time: 1:00:22
Sunday: 4.99 miles @ 12:25 min/mile – total time: 1:02:00
My go to right now is intervals but I am starting to find that running for 10 minutes is not as hard as it was a month ago and my pace is always below 11 minutes/mile and mostly below a 10:30 in the run sections.
A couple of weeks ago I was really feeling discouraged and that this injury might be the end of my “career” as a runner. Depressing thought. But I’m glad that I’ve stuck with it because while progress is slow, I can see that progress. And feel it. I’m having a lot less pain when my foot strikes the ground. And that pain isn’t sharp like it was before unless my leg moves to the outside and my body automatically tries to pull it back to the correct position.
Times going down & pain going down, heck yeah. I’ll take it.
Five miles last night at the gym. I know that the average mile says 12:14 but that includes the walking sections after the run. Another week or so of this and I might be ready to change it from 10 min run to 15 min run with 5 min walk in between.
I might not look it here but I’m really happy with how things are coming a long. The hard part right now is admitting to myself that a fall half marathon isn’t going to happen. I’d planned on running Folsom Blues Breakout on October 18th but I don’t think that’s realistic. Right now, running a 5k isn’t realistic for me.
I’d also planned to run an 8 miler in September but I don’t think that’s realistic either. While I’m optimistic about my recovery, I want to be real about this. Running on the treadmill is considerably easier than running outside; no wind resistance, no waiting for lights to change, no pounding on hard black top, cement or dirt, air conditioning, etc. But I can’t wait to get back outside.