Last we chatted, my training was starting to go a bit better and instead of running being something else that stressed me out, I was getting back to enjoying running for the sake of running, rather than obsessing over hitting paces or how this run would affect my upcoming race.
Monday: I actually had a great 5-miler. It’s been a bit cooler out, and my “easy” pace is back around a 9:30ish, rather than the 10ish pace it was at before. I didn’t look much at my watch during this run and just enjoyed the views, so I was happy to see my pace get a little better.
Tuesday: yoga. I was in a rough place mentally on Tuesday and needed something soothing
Wednesday: RUH ROH. I set out to do mile repeats…and got 3/4 of a mile in before every single step resulted in a sharp pain in my right knee. I emailed Jess right away, and we decided I’d take a few days off from running to rest my knee before it got worse.
Thursday: rest day
Friday: SoulCycle with Kendra, thanks to a gift certificate I had. I’d never heard of Kendra, but she was adorable and upbeat and had lots of throwback music like N-Sync’s Just Got Paid and This is How We Do It.
Saturday: Even before the knee pain struck, I’d planned on Saturday being a rest day because it was also a beach day and I knew we’d be hitting the road early. I woke up and my calves were incredibly sore from SoulCycle. WTF?!
But hey, the beach was nice. And I totally got a resistance workout by walking in the sand, right?
Jess recommended four laps of the park on my bike in lieu of a long run. It’s 2 miles up and 2 miles back, so I did a total of 28+ miles. I have no idea how long it took…because my (fully-charged) Garmin died about 1.5 hours in.
Laura joined me for my first lap, which was wonderful. I will say this: riding 4 laps of the park was both easier and harder than I expected. Physically, it didn’t feel super-draining or demanding at the time, but I got home and passed out HARD. Mentally, it was a challenge to ride the same loop over and over again. The first lap was fine, because I had Laura to chat with. The second lap, I was still happy I’d gotten to catch up with her a bit. The third lap I just thought “seriously? Two more laps of this?” The fourth lap, I was obviously happy to be almost done.
I still <3 running more, but I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, other than the onslaught of tourists on the east side of the park.
I got an intense sports massage last night to try to work out some of the muscle tightness (in addition to the pain in my knees, I’d just been feeling achy as hell all training cycle, especially in my quads), and I feel a bit better and am going to try for 3 easy miles today.
The massage therapist told me that my outer quad was overdeveloped and my inner quad was underdeveloped, and that it really needed to be strengthened, and so my knee wasn’t tracking correctly. Dear Theodora: stop slacking on strength if you want to run this damn marathon healthily and, oh, have your body not hate you for life. While my knee feels better, and I suspect this is likely just runner’s knee (which I’ve dealt with in the past), I’m going to have a doctor take a look at it as soon as I can just to make sure and so I don’t hurt it further.
What do you do when you are injured or feel an injury coming on?