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.