This week was bittersweet. I hit both of my workouts and felt great aerobically. Both workouts were better than any other tempo I did in the spring. However, the bitter part was that I’ve been struggling with some IT Band and knee pain. It isn’t injury territory yet and I hope to be able to keep it at bay. I’m back at the chiro and also increasing the amount of strengthening exercises to build up the quads and hip muscles. My half marathon is next Sunday so whatever I do this coming week is not too big of a deal. I can take it easy and hopefully that will help. I’ve never dealt with these issues (I mostly get foot and ankle problems) so send any tips this way!
Monday: 50 minutes easy at night with James and Chris. For a while I was struggling with the night runs, mainly because I struggle to see at night so I get easily frustrated. I went into the run knowing and accepting I would feel this way, which made the sting of the dark not so intense.
Tuesday: 55 minutes with 5 x 7 minutes at 10k pace and 1 minute rest in between each rep. I was on the treadmill for this one and was a bit intimidated at first but was pleasantly surprised when 7:40s felt manageable. My paces were 7:41, 7:41, 7:38, 7:35, and 7:35. I also did upper body strength work after the run.
Wednesday: 60 minutes easy on the treadmill.
Thursday: 50 minutes steady (sub 9s)and lower body strength training.
Friday: 35 minutes easy with James and Chris again at night. I had some intense chiro work done in the morning so I wasn’t sure how I would feel on the run. Surprisingly again it was good.
Saturday: 66 minutes with 6 mile tempo at half marathon pace. James and Chris joined me for this one in the early afternoon, mainly on a bike path with one large climb. James wore the watch so I went entirely by feel, channeling what I want the half marathon to feel like. I averaged 7:59 pace and was so happy with that but the knee pain started around 3.5 miles and I kept contemplating cutting it short so as to not ruin anything. I eventually settled in and the pain was minimal but it scared me at times. I think more strength work will help as well as reducing my mileage a bit after the half marathon. What I liked most about this run is that I struggled with this pace all throughout my spring training cycle. But this workout felt totally in control and manageable. I just think I was so nervous about extending that pace for another 20 miles when in reality, it was a bit of a stretch. But now that I am training more honestly, the confidence is growing.
Sunday: 42 minutes easy. I had 80 minutes planned but cut it in half to play things safe.
Total: 5 hours, 58 minutes of running (this is close to 40 miles)