Can you believe it is JULY? Part of me still thinks it is April (the post-injury/wishful thinking part) and part of me thinks it is August (the heat intolerant part).
I started this week off with a bit of a setback on the comeback trail. After a 6 hour day at the zoo, my foot flared up. Fortunately, it felt better each day and my Thursday morning, it was a non-issue. Mileage (both weekly and daily) continues to climb.
Monday: Headed back to Columbus Running Company/CRC’s Monday Night Run. Ran 6 of 7 (planned) miles. My foot, my body, my stride, just felt completely awkward. I ended up backing off the pace and beating myself up about it. This run plus my post-zoo flare up made for a foul mood, which (thankfully) reversed itself relatively quickly.
Tuesday: 5 miles easy to and from my last personal training session. Headed to sunset yoga (they offer this in Columbus, Ohio?? Yes. Yes, they do.) after dinner to round out a simply amazing evening of mind and body fitness.
Wednesday: 8 miles with 4 miles at 8:00 pace. My foot was uncooperative for the first 3 miles. Then, suddenly, it felt better! My gait felt mildly asymmetrical but I managed to run right on 8:00 pace.
Thursday: AM- weight class and 30 minute swim; PM- 25 miles Girls with Gears ride. I am LOVING hills on the bike. And while running on a 100 degree day is daunting and uncomfortable, riding on a 100 degree day is pretty enjoyable.
Friday: AM- ran through some sprinklers on a humid 5 miler; PM- spent the day at the pool!
Saturday: Headed to a CRC Saturday run for my first 10 miler since my injury. I went with my pre-injury group of friends/teammates for the first 2-3 miles, but it became evident pretty early on that it was not going to last. After much mental back-and-forth, I backed off, only about 20-30 seconds per mile, but felt SO much better going my own pace. The big “breakthrough” for me here (and the difference from Monday) is that I didn’t beat myself up about it. My body and/or head is/are not ready for group running. It’s a tough pill to swallow. I miss my friends/teammates/training partners, but it is what it is (and it ain’t no more).
Sunday: AM- 5 miles easy and slow
Total- 39 miles. The comeback continues!