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Training Weeks 5 & 6 + Injury Report

I'm a bit behind in my training updates, and there is an unfortunate reason for that: there has not been a lot of training going on. I'll get into that more, but I also had a little event known as Ragnar thrown into the mix, so things have been all over the place. No worries though, I'm slowly getting my life together, and my number one priority is getting el bloggo in tip top shape, because that should always be the number one priority, yes? I'm partially kidding of course, but let's just get into the past 2 weeks of training...

Monday:

Once again, I decided to skip the scheduled 3 miles for an easy treadmill mile at 10:00 pace as a post long run shakeout. I also did some core and upper body work so that was pretty cool!

Tuesday:

Today was hill repeat day which I kind of love, so I did a 1 mile warm up, then 8x hill repeats with jog recovery, and 1 mile cooldown for a total of 6 miles at 9:30 pace. I loved how strong I felt in this workout!

Wednesday:

I really wasn't feeling this run before I headed out, but I was really proud of myself for sticking with my plan of 3 miles and getting them done at a 10:23 pace. My legs were feeling so rough, but I followed through and that meant a lot in the form of mental training for me!

Thursday:

Twelve hour shift equals 1 treadmill mile at 10:00 pace. In my scrubs.

Friday:

Exhaustion reared it's ugly head and I skipped a planned tempo and ended up with 1 treadmill mile at 10:00 pace. This bummed me out pretty bad, but sometimes listening to your body is okay.

Saturday:

I pulled it together for a late 3 mile run at 9:41 pace, although I had hoped to get in that missed tempo run. I think I am scared of tempo runs because I skip them every week (except one).

Sunday:

Long runs have been going super well for me this training cycle, and I busted out 8 miles at 9:36 pace quite easily. These long runs are at least a minute faster per mile then I normally do, but they've been feeling so good so I'm going with it!

Monday:

Mizuno kind of ruined my one mile day by sending me some new Wave Rider 19's so I OBVIOUSLY had to take them out for 3 miles at 9:37 pace. Review of shoes coming soon, I promise.

Tuesday:

This was one of my favorite run days, because I got to run about 3 miles with my baby girls for their school fundraiser! My girls paced themselves well and truly handled themselves like real runners out there, and I was ridiculously proud. Only problem...a sore knee that had been threatening for a while kind of exploded on me. 

Wednesday: 

Because I was leaving for Ragnar the next day, I decided to skip my planned speedwork and stick to a treadmill mile at 10:00 pace. 

Thursday:

After I took the girls to school, I got one mile at 9:33 pace done before we headed to Chattanooga for Ragnar!

Friday: 

Running Ragnar with a bum knee isn't the best move, especially with the hills of Tennessee but I managed to rock out both of my runs on this day. My first leg was 5.1 miles at 10:12 pace which included flights of stairs and a stop at a stoplight. My second leg was 4.2 miles at 9:28 pace which included some killer hills!

Saturday:

For my third leg of Ragnar, I ran at about 3 am on very little sleep. This leg was mostly uphill for 5.2 miles at 10:16 pace.  Luckily that was my last leg, because my knee was not having much more after that!

Sunday:

Back at home after Ragnar, I was pretty wiped, so one treadmill mile at 11:00 pace was all I had in me.

Injury Report:

So throughout this training update, I have talked about my bum knee. The truth is, it's been hurting for a while now. The weird thing is, it doesn't hurt when I run, or it didn't. So I kept going, pushing myself harder than I ever have, because I can handle the pain. But then on the day I ran with the girls at their school, it finally buckled on me. Luckily I was able to make it through Ragnar, which I was super stressed about. With no recovery time between runs, I knew it would be hard, so I brought instant ice packs and plenty of ibuprofen. I survived the trip, but my knee took a hit.

Monday rolled around, and after 10 hours on my feet at work, my knee looked like shit. It was swollen and it felt tight, hot, and sore. I really wanted to end my streak because I'd rather PR my half. Some of my fellow streakers convinced me not to end it quite yet, but to give myself a few days of one milers to let it heal up a bit. So that's where I'm at. I'm limiting my ibuprofen usage because I don't want to mask the swelling, but I also don't think 800 mg a day will hurt me. 

I'm just frustrated because I've made great progress in my running in the past few weeks. I'm hoping this is just a bump in the road for now! As of today, the swelling looks a lot better than it did on Monday. I'm just basically taking it one day at a time right now and focusing on some active recovery!

Check out my previous Training Updates:

How do you deal with potential injuries?

How is your training going?

 

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