After almost five weeks off due to somewhat significant, lingering knee pain, I’ve finally started running again. I figured out the issue and am staying on top of it (thank you scraping spoon!), but have not figured out my running.
Since Houston, I’ve continued to contemplate competitive retirement. I still don’t know if I’m done. I look at races and think about races, but now that I’m running again, have not made any actual race plans or become motivated to do any workouts. I think I’ll enter a few low-key, local races, to see if that stokes my competitive drive.
Sunday 2/18: 31 mins total, loops around a grassy field. Want to try to stay on soft surfaces as much as possible.
Monday 2/19: 30 mins partly on a gravel road; 45 mins bike trainer in the afternoon
Tuesday 2/20: 45 mins partly on a gravel road; 30 mins bike trainer in the afternoon
Wednesday 2/21: 61 mins Weymouth Woods
Thursday 2/22: 61 mins Weymouth Woods
Friday 2/23: 15 mins w/ strides. I spent the past three days doing all the yard work I should have done all winter, and needed to do immediately since the weather warmed up and things started blooming. I was tired and sore in weird places, but managed to muster up the energy to go run for 15 minutes at the end of the day!
Saturday 2/24: 60 mins w/ drills; run to my daughter’s basketball game (15 mins each way)
I did not feel great this first week back, although I have been biking a lot. I don’t feel out of shape just feel out of running shape- the strides were hard!
Sunday 2/25: 60 mins Weymouth Woods; 45 minus strength/stretch/core
Monday 2/26: 45 mins bike trainer; 16 mins w/ the triple, 2 miles on the treadmill uphill
Tuesday 2/27: 60 mins total w/ single broken into 20/20/20 with stops; 45 mins strength/stretch/core
Wednesday 2/28: 45 mins bike trainer; 30 mins w/ triple; 31 mins w/ grass hills
Thursday 3/1: 30 mins bike; 45 mins barefoot on the beach
Friday 3/2: 32 mins barefoot on the beach
Saturday 3/3: 45 mins w/ strides
Strides still do not feel great, but I enjoyed running some easy hill repeats. And running barefoot on the beach is my absolute favorite- something so restorative about zoning out to the sound of the ocean.