Remember how tired I said I was last Sunday? Well I got up the next morning and nailed a track workout. So who knows, maybe it’s just a Sunday thing. (Because yeah, I’m tired again.)
Overall, I did have a great week of training. The only real issue is that my left hip is not holding up very well. I already know I need surgery. I also know that running in the short term is very unlikely to do additional damage. My surgeon was very supportive of my crazy plan to squeeze a marathon in between surgeries. So I can keep going! But I do want to be able to lessen the discomfort that seems to grow whenever my mileage does. To help with that, I’ve opted to get a cortisone injection in the hip joint. The injection should lessen the inflammation for the next several months, providing some temporary relief so I can continue with training.
The highlight of my week was a hump day hike with friends in Hatcher’s Pass. My son took an unexpected polar bear plunge into a glacial lake, but other than that, it was a run of the mill Alaskan day. (Because Alaska is awesome at baseline).
Monday – 7.5 miles speed, with 5x 1000m @5k pace. 1.75 mile warm up with drills, then 5x 1000m @4:24 target (7:05 pace) with 400m recovery. Actuals: 4:14, 4:17, 4:17, 4:19, 4:21. I felt much stronger during this workout than I did when I started speed work 3 weeks ago! Was happy to see splits in the 6:xx pace, although I arguably ran those too fast given the targets. I think I might have been a little too eager to prove to myself that I remember how to run faster than marathon pace. 1.5m CD
Tuesday – 6 miles, easy run with a friend. She wore her Stanford track alum tee, and I had on my Salty Running “Get Chicked” t-shirt. We must have been a really intimidating pair running our blazing 9:00 minute miles. Ha! Whatever the case, a moose decided to show us how fast he could run and dashed past us going the opposite direction (in the woods about 20 feet over). He was quite the trail runner, I’ll give him that.
Wednesday – Off. Hiked at Hatcher’s Pass. Gorgeous!
Thursday – 9 miles, tempo. 1.5m WU, 6 mile tempo at GMP, 1.5m CD. Stopped at mile 3 for about a minute. Left hip was very very sore, especially toward the end. Avg HR: 158, Avg cadence: 178. Splits: 7:49, 7:53, 7:44, 7:57, 8:03, 7:59. Slight improvement over last week, though the hip pain put a major damper on things.
Friday – 4 miles easy. Was supposed to be a 7 mile run, but my hip still felt really sore, and I saw no need to push it.
Saturday – 12 miles (8:35 avg). Glad to say my left hip held up for the duration of this run! Beautiful morning to be out there. Encountered a mama moose and two darling twins, which became somewhat of an issue when I needed to get by on the return to pick my son up from soccer. Joined in with a running group and we all crept by together (strength in numbers). The mile AFTER I got by the moose was my fastest. Adrenaline much? Elevation gain about 311 ft, hillier than my normal route. Splits were 8:55, 8:51, 9:02, 8:39, 8:43, 8:23, 8:21, 8:28, 8:32, 8:08, 8:23, 8:25. The hills (and the moose encounter) account for most of the variation. My left hip DID hurt, but by the end of the run, my legs were feeling sore all over (the good kind of sore!) and I stopped thinking about the hip.
Sunday – 6 miles easy. For whatever reason, my HR was really high for most of this run. Sunday seems to be the day I run out of steam. I took it very slow and walked in some spots to bring the HR down.
Total – 44.5 miles running, 3 miles hiking
Week five of Hanson’s is in the books!