Recent Workouts (April 24th-May 3rd)

Since I’m not training for anything these days, I thought I would just post my workouts since my last check-in (which was when I talked about my race recovery).

Thursday 4/24: 3.71 miles easy and Runner’s Core DVD

Friday 4/25: 3 miles on treadmill, Body Pump (Sometimes its just easier to do a little run on the treadmill before and after the class, even though I will always prefer running outside)

Saturday 4/26: 6.44 miles and Runner’s Core DVD. I was planning to do 8 but just wasn’t feeling it, so I figured there was no reason to keep going.

IMG_2433[1]Sunday 4/27: 30 minutes easy reflexion yoga

Monday 4/28: 4.1 miles in the AM, Body Pump in the PM

Tuesday 4/29: 3.5 miles, Runner’s Core DVD and 60 minutes hot vinyasa in PM

Wednesday 4/30:  25 minutes elliptical, body pump, cx works

Thursday 5/1: 5.11 miles

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Friday 5/2: 3.35 miles on treadmill, Body Pump, 75 minute vinyasa yoga in PM

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  Saturday 5/3:  10 miles and Runner’s Core DVD

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I am also doing PT moves that my chiropractor has shown me 5 times a day. The goal is 20 repetitions each time, for a total of 100 a day. It’s tough to get it in that often but I have been trying my best. I usually do it once before my morning workout and once right after, and then as soon as I get home from work, and twice in the evening. He also wants me doing single leg balances for 15 seconds at a time for a total of about 10 minutes a day…some of them with my eyes closed.

I tried to take pictures to demonstrate…it was really difficult:

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You lift your knee slightly above your hip, slightly bend your standing leg, lean forward slightly and squeeze your abs and standing glute. This is really hard for me to do with my eyes closed!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

What kind of workouts have you been doing lately?

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Race Recovery and Running Plans

It’s been 10 days since the marathon, and I have “felt” recovered for the past 7. However, even though I don’t feel “sore” it is likely that my body is still recovering from the race, so I have been taking it easy. After a few days off and a few days of cross training, I started adding some easy, short runs back into my routine. Since I don’t have any races planned at this point, there is no pressure to get back into training so I feel like I can really take it slow and make sure I am feeling good.

This is how the week and a half after the race has looked:

Monday 4/14: REST…we few back to Baltimore and my legs were definitely sore. I wore compression tights under my jeans for the flight and I think they helped a lot.

Tuesday 4/15: REST (and a really easy 20 minutes of yoga that evening) I was still a little sore but MUCH better than Monday. I wanted to do something to start loosening up my muscles so I pulled up short yoga routine from Reflexion Yoga and followed it up with some foam rolling. This was also the first day I started adding in my glute exercises again…I do them everyday but I don’t make a note of it in my recaps.

Wednesday 4/16: 30 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes CX works class (a core class at my gym through Les Mills) I didn’t feel any soreness anymore by this point.

Thursday 4/17: 50 minutes elliptical

Friday 4/18: 20 minutes elliptical, Body Pump, 30 minutes run/walk on the treadmill

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Saturday 4/19: 30 minutes elliptical (at my parent’s house, they just bought one!), 3 mile hill run, T25, and a circuit workout. I was at my parents with my family and in-laws, and this workout just kind of came together. After I had done the elliptical and run my sister and sister-in-law talked me into trying T25 with them. After we did it they wanted to do a little more so we put together a circuit that took us about 20 minutes. I guess instead of a long run, this will do!

hillsNo hills in Baltimore city, but plenty in Howard County! 

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Sunday 4/20: 60 minute elliptical with strength circuits mixed in

Monday 4/21: 3.55 miles easy

Tuesday 4/22: 4 miles easy in AM, 30 minutes yoga in PM

harborsunriseTuesday’s sunrise run 

Wednesday 4/23: 20 minutes elliptical, Body Pump, CX works

I have been trying to include more strength training and cross training since I am not running as much. Unfortunately, I feel like spin classes aggravate my quad so I haven’t been doing that. Our gym pool opens May 1st, so maybe once it gets warm enough I will add swimming into my routine. (I am a terrible swimmer!)

So, what’s next?

I have nothing on my race calendar at this point, although I am trying to come up with some race plans. I would like to do 2-3 more half marathons this year, one more marathon (try to get that sub-4!), and several shorter distances. My priority is staying healthy, so I haven been trying to make sure my leg is 100% before signing up for anything and then pressuring myself into running more than I should.

It’s hard to tell if my leg is better, because I have been running so little. I think as I start to add some more running in I will have a better idea of how its going. I do have a few races on the horizon:

Marathon:

I think I am going to plan to run the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23rd. This was my first marathon in 2011, and it is a great course at a great time of the year. Rob already signed up for it, so if I do a fall marathon, this will be it. The price goes up after April 30th, so I hope to decide by then.

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Philadelphia Marathon, 2011- having way too much fun running 26.2 miles! 

Half-marathons:

For the past two years I have run in the Maryland Half Marathon, which is really close to where my parents live. Its a very hill course, and each time I cross the finish line I swear I will never run it again. This year its on May 10th, which is the day before Mother’s Day, so I will probably be at my parent’s that weekend anyway. I won’t particularly “train” for it, but I will use it as a great way to practice running on hills. I will probably wait until it gets closer to sign up, since I don’t need to make travel plans or anything.

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Maryland Half Marathon, 2012

I will also probably suck it up and run in the Baltimore Half Marathon on October 18th. I have done this race twice (plus when I ran in the full it covered most of the half course) and its another hilly one. It also comes at a good time if I run the Philadelphia Marathon in November. I also live super close to the course which makes it really convenient.

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Baltimore Half Marathon, 2011 

Other shorter distances:

I don’t feel like I am at a point where I could PR at a 5k or 10k any time soon. I would like to do some shorter races just for fun, especially over the summer when its too hot for longer races. I am also eyeing the Charles St 12 on August 9th. Last year was the inaugural race and I missed it because I was on vacation. I’m sure it will be really hot, but it will be an automatic PR since I have never run a 12 mile race before!

The overall goal is, more importantly, to get stronger and stay healthy.

I am also excited to attend the RCCA training in June and then turn my focus to helping others run better!

How do you usually recover from a race? Do you wait a certain number of days before running again?

How far in advance do you sign up for races?

Also- if you are thinking about planning some of your own future races, you should check out Megan’s blog post!: How To Choose Your Next Race

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 15 and Pre-Race Anxiety

How is this race only one week away?! I don’t know where the last few weeks have gone. The first 12 weeks seemed to drag (probably because it felt like the winter would never end) and now time is passing too quickly!

Week of 3/30-4/5:

Sunday 3/30: Quick Strength for Runners Week 8 (Part 1)

Monday 3/31: 9 miles with 2 x 2 miles at HMP (8:45 pace overall), PM-Body Pump

Tuesday 4/1: 5 miles easy (9:58 pace), Quick Strength for Runners Week 8 (Part 2), PM: 30 mins yoga

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Wednesday 4/2: Rest

Thursday 4/3: 6.12 miles with 4 at MPG (9:01 pace overall), core work

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Friday 4/4: Rest, 45 minutes yoga

Saturday 4/5: 8 miles (8:28 pace), core work

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Total: 28.12 miles

This week I have been pretty good about listening to my body and not overdoing it. I know that at this point it is more important to feel recovered than to squeeze in X number of miles. I have strayed pretty far from the training plan, between last week when I took 5 days off and this week (the plan had me running 34 miles). I switched things up because on Friday I felt like I needed a rest day. Also, the plan had been doing an 8 mile workout next Tuesday (400s), and this week it only had me running 4 miles on Saturday. I knew I didn’t want to do speed work 6 days before the race (even though the 800s were only at 7:45 pace, but still). So I did 8 on Saturday and next week will all be 3-4 mile runs. (Sorry if that paragraph was confusing- my point is that I am trying to focus on what will work for me and following a less-is-better approach).

Earlier today I posted my running plan for the next 7 days on Instagram:

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The way things have been going lately, it may not look like this at all. This is the most I will run…I may run less if I feel I need to cut back.

I am going to talk a little about how I am feeling about the race at this point. My feelings may change as the week goes on, and I hope to be able to check in with a few posts throughout the week. I am thinking with less training I might have a little more time to blog.

I have felt so supported by the blogging community throughout this training cycle. I have felt a connection with so many other runners trying to train through this intense, never-ending winter while walking that fine line between training enough/overtraining/injury. I know that I should be ready for this race. If you look back on my weekly training recaps, I have put in the work and the times are there. But for some reason, I am still lacking confidence.

Taper.001 Taper Is Not The End Of The World, Its The Beginning

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I am so anxious about this race, which is not too unusual for me, but this time its a little different. There is self-doubt and worry that I can usually talk myself out of. I think there are a few things going on that may be leading to this. For one, I I have openly shared my goals with the world. My blog is all about my training, and its all I talk about in “real life” too. Everyone is going to ask about the race, and I’ll be reporting back on the blog with how I did. That’s a lot of pressure!

I also feel like ever since my knee started bothering me, I have felt like I was on the borderline of injury. Not like a diagnosed specific injury, but more of a “my whole left leg is tighter than my right and feels off” type of thing. I know that the best thing for this is rest, stretching, and foam rolling. Hopefully this cutting back will help things to feel great on race day, but my crazy anxious brain is like “what if it feels terrible or worse the whole race?!”

I also feel like every time I run its a test of how my body is progressing towards being ready for the race. This week, I had a couple of great runs, and a couple of really bad runs. Those bad runs have stuck with me and made it hard to feel positive about the race.

I wanted to openly share my feelings leading up to the race, but I am working on getting into a more positive mindset. I know what I would tell someone else who was having these thoughts- so I am trying to tell myself those things. As far as my physical ability to run the marathon, I know I can do it. My chiropractor said he will tape my leg anywhere that is feeling off later this week and he promised it would make me run more efficiently than ever- whether or not that is true I need all the positivity I can get at this point so I am trying to believe him!

 

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I have 7 days to recover, rest, stay hydrated and properly fueled, prep for race day…. and turn this pre-race anxiety into confidence.

How do you overcome self-doubt leading up to a race?

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 14 and Random Running Thoughts and Questions

Week of 3/23/14- 3/29/14

Sunday 3/23: Rest (started to feel knee pain)

Monday 3/24: Body Pump

Tuesday 3/25: Quick Strength for Runners Week 7 Part 1, 30 minutes Yoga

Wednesday 3/26: 60 Minutes Spin Class, CX Works (a 30 minute core class at my gym)

Thursday 3/27:  Quick Strength for Runners Week 7 Part 2

Friday 3/28: 3 miles easy (9:51 pace)

Saturday 3/29: 12 miles (8:36 pace)

Total: 15 miles

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rainy Saturday run

As you can see, I took 5 days off from running last week. Each day my knee felt a little better and by the time I tried running on Friday I had no pain. However, my hip/quad that was tight the day my knee started hurting was bothering my a little. It actually also bothered me after spinning on Wednesday, so I am kind of confused about it. However, it reminds me of how it felt around this time during my last marathon training cycle. What really confused me is it bothered me more during my easy 3 miles than on my harder 12 mile run the next day. I’m wondering if it has to do with my pace at all?

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In fact, I felt really good on Saturday’s run. I’m sure all the time off that week helped alot. By the end my leg felt tight, but nothing that worried me too much.

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I got a massage on Saturday afternoon, which felt amazing. My dad had a gift card to a spa that he got through work, and offered it to me a few weeks ago. Of course I jumped at the chance to get  a pre-marathon massage!

Over the past week as my mileage has gone down and my anxiety is going up, I have been coming up with many random thoughts and questions related to running. I figured I would share them and see if anyone else has thoughts about these topics.

Do you think that most people run better in a fall marathon or a spring marathon? I used to think that spring marathons were a better time of year for a race. However, I was thinking that by training through the summer heat, a fall marathon would feel easier. With a spring marathon you run the risk of training in the cold weather and then having a hot race day. (Or, you can’t train as you would like because of terrible winter weather, as many people have experienced this year).

What does “vertical oscillation” really mean for running form? I have been using the Garmin Forerunner 620 since November, and one of the things it tracks is vertical oscillation, which is how much up and down motion you have while running. The idea is that the less you move up and down the better you will be at conserving energy to move forward. This is the one area that apparently I am not on target with based on my watch. I have read that as your ground contact time improves that your vertical oscillation improves. As you can see below, I am on target with cadence and ground contact, but not vertical oscillation.

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How do you really improve your resting heart race? I always feel like I wake up and my heart rate is already somewhat high. Even after a couple rest days I don’t see much improvement. I don’t track it with my heart rate monitor or anything, so maybe I should do that before I go assuming anything. During my runs it stays relatively low, so I’m not too worried, but its something I never quite understood.

I had many other thoughts this week, but none of them are coming to me right now! I can’t believe the marathon is in 11 days. It seemed so far away, and then it just snuck up on me! The plan from here on is to do everything I can to stay healthy and rested for race day.

I know I’m a little late, but how was your training last week?

Any thoughts on spring/fall marathons, heart rate, or vertical oscillation?

What do you do to get ready for a marathon?

Core Resources for Runners and Healthier PB Chocolate Chip Cake

Have you heard about the Core and Cake Party?! Check out The Arty Runnerchick’s website, but the idea is that she is going to be writing about core work and cake, and has invited others to join in the fun! I couldn’t resist putting together a post about the core…and I even included a “cake” recipe at the end of the post:)

What is the core?

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The core is made up of more than just the abs. According to this website:

“The truth is that the core refers to essentially everything between the bottom of your pelvis and your ribcage, front and back. That’s right; glutes, hip flexors, transverse abdominis and the spinal musculature are all essential components to a healthy core.”

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I believe that the key to benefiting from core work is learning your own imbalances and how to correct them. Many runners have overworked hip flexors, because we are constantly using our hips to move forward, and most likely we are also keeping them in a flexed position while we sit all day. I touched on this a little when I talked about my weak glutes, but our core muscles are obviously all closely connected. Tight hips usually mean weak glutes. A tight back can mean weak abs. If you aren’t sure about your own imbalances, it may be a good idea to consult with a professional. There are now places that will do a gait analysis and give feedback about how to improve your running.

You can check  this website to find somewhere near you that can do this type of analysis: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/get-a-running-injury-assessment

Core Exercises

Planks: on elbows or hands, alternate lifting feet and legs, walk feet and hands in and out, or push forward and back for an added challenge.

The Only Move You Need to Tone Your Entire Body

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Side planks are another great way to work the abdominal muscles, along with the glute medius and minimus, and and adductors

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Bridges: Lift and lower hips, hold lift for 10 seconds or longer, or try straightening each leg while lifting up and down

Bridge Exercise

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Single leg squat: Any exercise that includes balance is great for the core. Squats work the glutes (along with the quads and hamstrings) and it also forces the abs to engage when balancing on one foot.

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Clamshells: This exercise works the glute medius, which is an abductor and external rotator of the hip. You can do this with or without a band:

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Superman: works the low back and glutes

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Core Routines

Runners Connect

You can download a core routine from this website

Runner’s Core DVD

There are 3 levels of the McMillan Runners Core DVD

Quick Strength for Runners

This book has total body workouts but it is mostly focused on the core

 

Websites with core information and workouts

Kinetic Revolution
Tips for injury prevention, strength workouts, mobility, and much more

Strength Running

Resources including core and strength workouts, along with options to subscribe to information

Runner’s World

Runner’s World is always coming out with new core workouts and information about core strength

Competitor- Injury Prevention

Just type “core” into the search bar and you will find lots of great core workouts

 

“Healthier” Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake

After all that core work, how about some cake to balance things out? I don’t know if this is really a “cake”, but I was looking to bake and use up some old bananas, so I just kind of created this recipe. I tried to keep it a little healthier by using a banana and whole wheat flour, but my husband still approved!

 

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Ingredients:

1 medium or large ripe banana

6 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 eggs

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup chocolate chips

dash of salt, if desired

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cake pan or brownie pan.

Melt butter and mix with peanut butter. Add mashed banana, eggs, syrup, sugar, vanilla, salt (if adding) and baking powder. Combine using a mixer. Stir in flour, then chocolate chips.

Pour mixture into pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes. (Baking time may vary based on pan being used)

pbcake1 Enjoy!

 

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 13…Taper Begins

Well I made it through the hardest physical part of the training…the peak weeks, high mileage, and hardest workouts. Unfortunately I can’t say “I’m feeling great and ready for this race!” but I will get to that later in the post.

Here’s how last week went:

Week of 3/16/14- 3/22/14

Sunday 3/16: 60 minutes reflexion yoga

Monday 3/17: 8 miles easy in the snow (~10:45 pace overall), Pilates for Runners DVD, PM-Body Pump

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Tuesday 3/18: 8.43 miles with 12x400s and 200m recovery (9:05 pace overall), PM- Quick Strength for Runners Week 6 (Part 1), 30 mins yoga

Wednesday 3/19: 8 miles easy (10:31 pace overall)

Thursday 3/20:11.25 miles with 6 x 1 mile at half marathon pace (9:09 pace overall), PM- Quick Strength for Runners Week 6 (Part 2), 2.12 miles easy (9:38 pace)

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Friday 3/21: 5.61 miles easy (10:13 pace)

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Saturday 3/22: 18.5 miles with 12 at marathon goal pace (9:03 pace overall)

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Total: 61.91 miles

Going along with these workouts I have also been doing my glute exercises every day (the ones I talked about in this post along with “level 2” versions that my chiro showed me on Wednesday) and foam rolling for about 15 minutes each evening.

photo 4 (2)New exercise bands and compression socks! 

As I was writing this post it gave me an opportunity to look back on my running this week. I noticed as I was going through it that all of my runs have become slower (I think this has been a gradual thing) over the past few weeks. I’m not pointing that out because I’m upset that I am not running faster- I’ve actually been hitting my goal paces of workout runs pretty well- but more to be aware that maybe my body is probably pretty tired from all these miles. However, I have also noticed that my average heart race is lower with these slower runs, so I don’t think that I am “overtraining” or completely burnt out.

Anyway…let me tell you the story of the past few days and why I am concerned. In general, I have been feeling good. I’ve had random tightness in my hips that I have worked on with my foam roller and gotten some ART by my chiro. My long run on Saturday went really well. At times my hip would feel a little tight but it would go away. I also noticed a little tightness in my right ankle/inside calf area. Neither of these were red flags and only bothered my for a few minutes during the entire 2 hour and 45 minute run.

When I got back from my long run I rolled and stretched, and drank chocolate milk. I took an ice bath followed by a nice warm shower, put on compression socks and compression shorts, and relaxed for the rest of the day. I foam rolled a few more times that afternoon to keep things loose.

Everything felt fine throughout the day and night on Saturday. I walked to church and dinner….and relaxed with some wine.

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On Sunday I woke up with a weird feeling in my right knee. I had slept in my compression socks and at first it almost felt like they had just dug into my leg in a weird way. I took them off but the pain continued throughout the day. By Sunday evening I was pretty concerned. The only thing keeping me from having a meltdown over this was knowing that I still have 3 weeks until the race and it is time to taper now anyway.

On Monday it felt significantly better, but not 100%. I think it’s really helped to work on rolling out muscles around the knee, like my quad, inner thigh, hamstring, and calf. I have been using KT tape to support it also and have been icing it a few times a day. For now I am sticking with strength training and core work. I don’t really want to risk aggravating it with cross training. However, if I still can’t run by later in the week I may try cycling to see how that feels and to keep up with some cardio.

I also feel a little cheated, because its not like it bothered me while I was running or I ran through pain. That is why I feel like it must be a result of something else- tight muscles either caused me to change my gait or are just pulling on my knee. I know that some time off from running can’t hurt- in fact, it may give everything else a chance to recover a bit before the race. However, if you are a runner you most likely know how I feel! The part of my brain telling me that its no big deal is battling with the part of my brain that wants to run! I’ll keep crossing my fingers that this gets better quickly and won’t impact me as I get closer to the race. Tapering is hard enough without the added stress of an injury!

Have you ever had an injury that it felt like came out of nowhere?

Do you ever feel like your pace gets slower as you get later into your training cycle?

How was your running last week?

Raleigh Marathon Training Week 13…Taper Begins

Well I made it through the hardest physical part of the training…the peak weeks, high mileage, and hardest workouts. Unfortunately I can’t say “I’m feeling great and ready for this race!” but I will get to that later in the post.

Here’s how last week went:

Week of 3/16/14- 3/22/14

Sunday 3/16: 60 minutes reflexion yoga

Monday 3/17: 8 miles easy in the snow (~10:45 pace overall), Pilates for Runners DVD, PM-Body Pump

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Tuesday 3/18: 8.43 miles with 12x400s and 200m recovery (9:05 pace overall), PM- Quick Strength for Runners Week 6 (Part 1), 30 mins yoga

Wednesday 3/19: 8 miles easy (10:31 pace overall)

Thursday 3/20:11.25 miles with 6 x 1 mile at half marathon pace (9:09 pace overall), PM- Quick Strength for Runners Week 6 (Part 2), 2.12 miles easy (9:38 pace)

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Friday 3/21: 5.61 miles easy (10:13 pace)

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Saturday 3/22: 18.5 miles with 12 at marathon goal pace (9:03 pace overall)

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Total: 61.91 miles

Going along with these workouts I have also been doing my glute exercises every day (the ones I talked about in this post along with “level 2” versions that my chiro showed me on Wednesday) and foam rolling for about 15 minutes each evening.

photo 4 (2)New exercise bands and compression socks! 

As I was writing this post it gave me an opportunity to look back on my running this week. I noticed as I was going through it that all of my runs have become slower (I think this has been a gradual thing) over the past few weeks. I’m not pointing that out because I’m upset that I am not running faster- I’ve actually been hitting my goal paces of workout runs pretty well- but more to be aware that maybe my body is probably pretty tired from all these miles. However, I have also noticed that my average heart race is lower with these slower runs, so I don’t think that I am “overtraining” or completely burnt out.

Anyway…let me tell you the story of the past few days and why I am concerned. In general, I have been feeling good. I’ve had random tightness in my hips that I have worked on with my foam roller and gotten some ART by my chiro. My long run on Saturday went really well. At times my hip would feel a little tight but it would go away. I also noticed a little tightness in my right ankle/inside calf area. Neither of these were red flags and only bothered my for a few minutes during the entire 2 hour and 45 minute run.

When I got back from my long run I rolled and stretched, and drank chocolate milk. I took an ice bath followed by a nice warm shower, put on compression socks and compression shorts, and relaxed for the rest of the day. I foam rolled a few more times that afternoon to keep things loose.

Everything felt fine throughout the day and night on Saturday. I walked to church and dinner….and relaxed with some wine.

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On Sunday I woke up with a weird feeling in my right knee. I had slept in my compression socks and at first it almost felt like they had just dug into my leg in a weird way. I took them off but the pain continued throughout the day. By Sunday evening I was pretty concerned. The only thing keeping me from having a meltdown over this was knowing that I still have 3 weeks until the race and it is time to taper now anyway.

On Monday it felt significantly better, but not 100%. I think it’s really helped to work on rolling out muscles around the knee, like my quad, inner thigh, hamstring, and calf. I have been using KT tape to support it also and have been icing it a few times a day. For now I am sticking with strength training and core work. I don’t really want to risk aggravating it with cross training. However, if I still can’t run by later in the week I may try cycling to see how that feels and to keep up with some cardio.

I also feel a little cheated, because its not like it bothered me while I was running or I ran through pain. That is why I feel like it must be a result of something else- tight muscles either caused me to change my gait or are just pulling on my knee. I know that some time off from running can’t hurt- in fact, it may give everything else a chance to recover a bit before the race. However, if you are a runner you most likely know how I feel! The part of my brain telling me that its no big deal is battling with the part of my brain that wants to run! I’ll keep crossing my fingers that this gets better quickly and won’t impact me as I get closer to the race. Tapering is hard enough without the added stress of an injury!

Have you ever had an injury that it felt like came out of nowhere?

Do you ever feel like your pace gets slower as you get later into your training cycle?

How was your running last week?