This week went by way too fast. I guess that’s to be expected when you have a four day work week. It was an interesting week, so lets get down to business, shall we?
Saturday – Long Run – 10 Miles! This run was just fantastic in so many ways. Afterwards, not so much. Let’s start with the good. The run was on the NCR Trail – I did my 9 mile run here a few weeks ago, it’s a flat run so I knew I could do it. I started slowish the first mile and picked up the pace from mile 2 on. I typically have taken walk breaks while running. During this run however, I stopped once 40ish minutes in to use the bathroom and take a Gu. I did walk for about 2 minutes at the 5 mile turnaround and then kept running. I stopped a third time to take another Gu and that was it. The third time I stopped I felt my ankles and legs tightening up and getting sore, once I started running they felt better, but it was hard to get started again. Around mile 8.5 I mentally needed a walk break but when I tried to stop, my legs said no. The soreness creeped in and I kept running instead. So I ran about 90% of this run. So immediately afterwards, I felt really proud of myself and thought the run was awesome. I had the typical post run sore legs and took it as easy as I could. My average pace was 12:33/mile.
Sunday – Active Rest – My left knee was not feeling better and it felt like the same overuse issue I had with my right knee back in May. I just did my longest run ever, double digits even, and now you start acting up? Seriously knee?
Monday – Easy Run – I made it 2.4 miles before throwing in the towel. My left knee was killing me. I iced it when I got home and popped some ibuprofen.
Tuesday – Speed Day – The workout was actually canceled due to lightning and thunder activity. I’m glad it was because I was given an extra rest day for my knee.
Wednesday – Cross Train – Did my knee exercises and iced
Thursday – Tempo – Another rest day. When I woke up today, my knee felt much better. There is still a little soreness, but nothing like earlier in the week. Started day 1 of a 30-Day Plank Challenge (more on that in a later post).
Friday – Rest – I tested out a 1.25 mile run this morning. It was much better, but not pain free.
Total Miles Run – 13.71
So – here we are, another long run scheduled for tomorrow. Originally it was supposed to be 11 miles, I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Next weekend was going to be a pullback week anyway, so maybe I take two pullback weeks? We’ll see.
How do you work injury recovery into your training? How long are you running this weekend?