The last week was slightly crazy in that I, in dramatic fashion, thought I was getting slapped with the dreaded "injured" label.
My general running schedule on my HMR plan is:
Wednesday: Easy Run
Friday: Tempo Run
Saturday: Long Run
This schedule has been working very well. For #runlovechallenge, my partner and I are trying to do core workouts on Sunday, Monday and Thursday (my off days). Last Sunday, I needed an exercise ball for part of my workout so I brought our large ball up from downstairs. I frequently sit on the ball and bounce the kids on it while downstairs. On carpeting. Never once have I fallen off.
Sunday, the kids saw the ball and of course wanted a bounce. So we started bouncing on the ball on hardwood floor. I totally fell off and landed on my right sit bone. HOWL! CRY! DAMN that hurt. I was kind of gimping around after that but figured it would go away. Monday it was slightly sore but nothing big. Did another core workout.
Tuesday was a different story. My inner thigh muscles on my right leg HURT. I did my speed workout (8x800) but it wasn't pain free. So I did what one should never do. I Googled.
Cue frantic-sounding emails to EH, my plan master/coach, and my aunt, a massage therapist. I started foam rolling my inner thigh (thanks to some helpful you tube videos) and icing. I skipped my run on Wednesday and had two days of rest, with foam rolling.
Friday I felt decent - not in pain so I attempted my tempo workout. Felt tight, but not painful.
Saturday was a big day. The plan called for 2 hours of easy running. I was excited to get out the door and I was trying to get out while the temperature was still in double digits. I ended up getting 16.33 miles in the 2 hour time period for an average pace of 7:21! I started this run way too fast though so I need to work on that (still). I also used some compression calf sleeves that my friend Erica sent me. The specific calf sleeves she sent me were CEP compression brand (these in pink!) and I really feel like my legs could tell the difference while running AND they were not as sore as they usually are the day after. I am going to continue using these on my long run (BTW, check out Erica's awesome blog here. Guaranteed you will find some useful information and inspiration, and you might win a prize or two!)
I made up my missed easy run yesterday on the treadmill. Today my leg feels totally fine. PHEW!
Total week 5 miles per plan: 32.75
My total mileage last week: 33.83
I am really trying to stick to the plan and not skip workouts and so far, haven't skipped one! Upon reviewing my last marathon training block (Jan-May of 2015), I was surprised at how many workouts I ended up skipping. I think the Run Streak definitely helped in helping see holes in my schedule and where I could take advantage of morning/night runs.
13 weeks until Boston!