Happy Sunday! Just 5 more weeks until race day. I can’t believe that it’s just over a month away. Although there were a few ups and downs, overall this was a decent week of training. I had the week off from work so I was able to get in some of my runs in the morning. Let’s discuss this week, shall we?
6.5 mile run + PT exercises (15 mins). The cooler temps made this run very enjoyable!
Body Works + Abs class (50 mins) + PT exercises (15 mins). This class was crazy hard and even though I modified some of the movements, it would come back to bite on Thursday’s run…
3 mile run + Boot Camp class (55 mins). This run felt okay but I had a little bit of knee pain. We did a bunch of different circuits which resulted in a super sweaty class.
Have you heard this song from Imagine Dragons? I’m loving it!
5 mile run + PT exercises (15 mins). This was supposed to be a 7.5 tempo run but my knees were killing me (super sore) so I had to cut it short. I think this is the first run I’ve had to cut short during training. I was angry with myself at first, but an extra 2.5 mile isn’t going to really make a difference at this point in my training.
A much needed REST DAY! I iced my knees on and off all day and did a bunch of foam rolling.
I also added up all my miles for August and I was pleasantly surprised with 126.2 running miles and 75.5 spinning miles!
16 mile long run. I was thrilled that I was able to get through this long run due to the issues I had on Thursday.
7 mile run + PT exercises (15 mins). My gym is operating on a holiday schedule which meant no classes today, so no spinning class. I was supposed to do this run tomorrow, but moved it to today since my legs felt pretty good.
This was also my virtual run for the incredible #RunForTexas! So far this virtual run has raised $42,000 for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. You still have until tomorrow to complete your virtual run if you would like to participate. The 5K is $5 and the 10K is $10, with 100% of the proceeds being split between the American Red Cross and the Texas Diaper Bank.
Total Weekly Miles – 37.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 366
Grade – B+
I gave myself a B+ this week because I had to shorten a run and I didn’t get in a spinning class this week.
The knee pain I experienced was totally my fault! During Tuesday’s class the instructor did oh-SO-many lower leg moves (think squats, lunges, walking lunges, etc) – way more than usual. I DID modify the moves, but I really should have just skipped most of them. Then I did boot camp the next day. By Thursday, my knees were very angry with me and I cannot blame them. Luckily I stopped trying to be a hero and cut my run short on Thursday and immediately iced my knees that day and on Friday. I also used epsom salt lotion on them as well. It seemed to do the trick because I was able to complete my long run.
All in all, Saturday’s long run went pretty well. Icing my knees the previous day helped, as well at KT Tape, Biofreeze and Aleve. I felt a little bit of soreness but it was nothing compared to how I felt on Thursday. Also the weather was absolutely perfect so the miles seemed to fly by. The run went a lot better than I anticipated so for that, I was truly thankful! After the run, I re-hydrated with a protein smoothie and then took an ice bath.
I did Monday’s run today and will move my Tuesday workout to Monday. I’ll either have an extra rest day or Tuesday or go to a spinning class. Either way I did this for two reasons. 1 – Tuesday is my first day back to work after vacation and I know it’s going to be crazy. If I have to work late, at least I know I already completed that day’s workout. 2 – I want to give my knees two days off in a row from running. I’m hoping that will help with any leftover soreness.
I have two more weeks of ‘hard’ workouts and then it’s time for the taper. I’m going to do everything that I can to train smart and make sure I get through the next few weeks happy and healthy!
Do you ever feel bad when you have to shorten or skip a workout? How do you deal when old injuries try to come back?