Damn, I was looking forward to this week. It was supposed to be my highest mileage of this training cycle, my longest run, the second time in months I managed 4 runs in one week, which meant the majority of those runs would be shorter, easy runs.
Instead, shortly after I posted last week’s wrap my throat felt scratchy. The next morning it still felt scratchy, and I was tired, had mild muscle aches, and I began losing my voice. So much for more frequent, shorter, easier runs.
I listened to my inner coach, though, and took several extra rest days. Thank you, brother, for sharing so generously.
- Monday: Short Dogwalks x 2, PT Exercises x 2
- Tuesday: Dogwalk x 2, PT Stretches x 2
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, PT Stretches x 2
- Thursday: Dogwalk, PT Stretches x 2
- Friday: Dogwalk, 5 mile easy run, PT Stretches x 2
- Saturday: Dogwalk, Abs, PT Stretches x 2
- Sunday: 1 mile solo WU, then 9 with Denise, PT Stretches x 2
Mileage: 20 (-1)
TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
Running didn’t go too badly, despite not feeling well this week.
After taking a couple of extra rest days, I planned to go out for an easy 4 miles. And then I thought: why not 5, 5 on Friday, and 10 miles Sunday?
I didn’t watch my watch for that first run back. And yes, it was basically the slowest run of the whole year so far (not counting some trail running which included ice and steep stairs).
Then I was freaking out because of the weather forecast for Sunday: a high of 50 and 90% chance of rain. And I’m supposed to do 10 miles in that after just being sick?
Friday’s run felt easier and was faster (without me actually trying to be faster). My knee had tightened up a bit after Wednesday’s run, so I sucked it up and taped it up. It really annoyed me as I haven’t been having knee problems since last summer! No doubt my body was telling me that just running and PT is not enough to keep it happy. But the taping worked — Saturday morning it felt fine.
I actually added in just the tiniest amount of strength training, finally, Saturday — including some exercises aimed at keeping my knees happy.
Sunday’s forecast was correct, although not quite the washout predicted. It rained, stopped, rained some more . . . I tested out my compression toe socks and my Peek-a-Boo tee, a contender for my race, except for the fact that I hadn’t yet worn it. No chafing.
I’m undecided about the toe socks. They got pretty wet, and one toe was hurting a little towards the end, but that turned out to be a sharp corner on the nail cutting into the toe (did you know it’s a good idea to clip your toenails at least a week before a race — otherwise you can end up with that exact situation).
The main reason I’m undecided is that my ankle felt just a tiny bit irritated afterwards. And if it’s a warm day (doubtful, but always possible), I may not want them either. Bottom line is one run isn’t enough data!
I warmed up by myself for a mile, then met up with my friend Denise. What a difference running with a friend always makes! A little on the slow side, but frankly, I wasn’t looking to break any speed records today — I’d much rather have a great race than a great training run! I was pleased that my speed and endurance seemed to come back quickly.
Now I just have to continue to get better.
Favorites of the Week
Mr. Judy brought me some flowers.
Matzo brei. The first batch stuck to the pan, just a little, but the second and third batches (yes, I ate it 3 times) were perfect.
These goslings seen during my warmup mile (which you probably can’t make out).
And a long run with a good friend. Denise made a chilly, raw, 10 miles go by quickly. I’d totally forgotten that we’d grown up in the same town (she’s just 4 years older than me). Don’t ask me how I forgot that. I was talking about some of the places I’d worked, and not only did she know them, she’d even worked at IBM Poughkeepsie one summer just like me — although I guess since she’s older, I worked there just like her!
And that’s a wrap!
Tell me your comeback stories from illnesses or injuries or nagging pains