Parsley’s Training 9.2.17, M-11

Started off the week strong, and then had to step back and listen to my body. It can be really hard to find the balance in marathon training- you know when running high mileage and working hard you’re going to feel bad/tired/worn out. That’s putting the necessary work in. There’s also a slight panic when you realize how quickly the race is creeping up on you, and the urge to fit in as much as you can. But there is a fine line between pushing it and pushing it too much and getting injured.

In my attempt to get more quality/workouts in, I ran two workouts on the treadmill this week. That was probably too much, and they were probably too close together, because I did something to my hip on the second one. The rest of my runs that week I felt like I had robot body, kind of like at the end of the marathon and you’re mechanically pushing your way through it. Once I finally figured out it was my hip we were already into the long weekend, so my chiropractor was closed. I tried to do more pool running and avoided another workout until I can go in and get it adjusted, hopefully early this week!

Sunday 8/27: 17 mins in the am w/ the triple. Afternoon workout on the treadmill, 10 miles total. 2 miles (6 min pace), 1.5 miles (5:56 pace), 1 mile (5:52 pace), 3x 800 (5:49, 5:46, 5:42 pace), 7:30 for w/u/d and .5 recovery between.

Monday 8/28: 90 mins on mostly dirty roads; 30 mins aqua jog in the evening.

Tuesday 8/29: 90 mins total, 65 somewhat slow w/ a friend.

Wednesday 8/30: 30 mins w/ triple in the am. Afternoon workout on the treadmill, 8 miles total. 8 x 800 descending from 6 to 5:36 pace, with 1/2 mile recovery.

Thursday 8/31: Woke up with something on the outside of my knee feeling sore – not my hamstring or IT Band. Ran 62 mins easy in Weymouth Woods, did a lot of stick rolling and EMS throughout the day. Did not seem to help.

Friday 9/1: Still had weird soreness. Was planning on an easier long run, but decided to play it safe and just aqua jog  for 60 mins instead. Changed out all my shoes since I honestly don’t keep track and think I have been running in the same pairs since I was pregnant, so they were probably well past their prime.

Saturday 9/2: 90 minutes total, 62 at a really good pace with mixed group. A little uneven as different people tried to push it, but it was fun to run hard with company. Realized on this run the source of my discomfort- my hip. Definitely from Wednesday’s treadmill workout, and what was causing the weird pain in the side of my leg. No wonder nothing I was doing to treat it was working, since that wasn’t the source of the pain. Sadly will have to wait until at least Tuesday to get into the chiro, so will hold off on doing any workouts until it is adjusted. 

I have fun trying to sprint, enjoy long runs in the mountains, and everything in between. Former competitive runner (3 x marathon OTQ & trail marathon national champion) currently working through a lingering injury. I write about trying to stay competitive while raising young kids and moving into a new post-competitive stage.

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  1. Bummer about the hip, hopefully can get that adjusted soon! Great week of running though!

    Side note: I love how different every runner is! I’m soooo OCD about tracking mileage, times, and mileage on shoes and that works for me. Running by time, not tracking as specific etc works for you (clearly!). We all have our runner quirks and ways to reach towards goals and that is what makes it great, there is no one way to do things.

    1. Thanks! Yep- got into the chiro Tuesday afternoon, 2 quick adjustments and I walked out feeling like a new person!

      It is funny how everyone tracks differently. My general rule of thumb regarding my shoes…. when my knees start to hurt, I know it’s time to change them! I don’t necessarily buy into the 300-500 mile rule- I think it was created by a running shoe company so people will buy shoes more often, ha!

      1. Oh I totally agree, all shoes (even same model..) are different and it’s not always the same mileage. Yet, I still track mileage to keep an eye on it and if I know some pairs are getting up there I won’t take them on longer or harder effort stuff. I definitely retire them more based on feel. I think I just enjoy seeing RunningAhead tell me how me $/mile of each shoe I get

  2. I’m impressed how in tune you are with your body! I wouldn’t be able to link a weird random knee pain to a hip issue if it bit me in the ass. (Literally.)

    1. I’ve been fortunate to have very few actual running injuries throughout my career, so normally look for other underlying causes when I do feel something wrong. Also, I’m still breastfeeding and in the postpartum/Relaxin window, so know I’m susceptible for hip/pelvic/core related issues. And finally, after several days of aggressively stretching/rolling/treating the knee pain to no avail, I knew it was a symptom and not the source!