When you’re training for a race, a lot can change in a week.
Four weeks ago, I had a promising 16 mile long run that made me think my running and racing goals were possible. Three weeks ago, I ran one of my worst races in a while. Two weeks ago, I had a 16 mile “race-out” that made me thankful I kept the dream alive. One week ago, I did a cutback week long run on the Cooper River Bridge- and subsequently injured my left knee.
I hesitate to call this a training log, but here we go.
|Monday||No workout- Ortho Appointment|
|Tuesday||No workout- Sports Massage|
|Thursday||30 min. Arc Trainer, 30 min. cycle at Planet Fitness
|Friday||ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||6.2 miles including Old Village Harbor 5K (21:41)|
|Sunday||2.1 miles, 30 min. cycle, 30 min. rowing, ITB Rehab Routine|
|Total||14.3 miles. Whomp whomp.|
When I woke up on Monday, I decided to take a few days completely off. No running, no cross training. Just living the #NARPLife (NARP – Non Athletic Regular Person).
Since I’m paranoid and have good insurance, I immediately called my ortho, who worked me in for X-rays that afternoon. He told me none of the bones near my knee were broken, prescribed me an NSAID to take each day, and suggested icing my knee. He said that even though the pain wasn’t in the typical area of Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS), it was most likely IT band related because it hurt when walking down stairs and bending my knee.
I was pain free on Tuesday and got a sports massage. Tuesday was a crazy busy day with three meetings at work, the sports massage, and the Yelp’s Ballot Bash party that night. The party was great and took my mind off not running.
By Wednesday, I was going stir-crazy. Wednesday was a rough day in general due to the election results, and I was sad and scared for America (I still am). I helped a coworker out with tickets to keep my mind off of the election results.
I decided to go for a test run on Wednesday night because I already had the track session scheduled. I figured the track was the safest place to run since I would be surrounded by friends and could stop anytime. A few people had to leave early and didn’t make the picture.
I wish I could say the run felt amazing. It didn’t feel bad, but I could feel the niggle-y knee on the cooldown. I was signed up for Saturday’s Run Hard Lexington Half Marathon, and I decided to defer. I look forward to running in 2017 because it seems like a great race and the proceeds benefit a Columbia running club.
Deferring wasn’t a hard decision- in fact, it was an easy decision. I’ve run enough half marathons to know how badly they beat up a healthy runner. I don’t want to find out what running a hilly half marathon with a hurt knee feels like. Racing hurts bad enough when you start pain-free.
I cross trained on Thursday and rested completely on Friday except for the rehab exercises. I was pain free on Friday.
Saturday, I ran the Old Village Harbor 5K in Mt. Pleasant. My friend Lorcan of Lucey Mortgage Corporation offered me a bib so I said why not. The warmup felt fine, so I gave the race a shot. It was my slowest 5K since the summer, but not much slower than my last 5K, at least.
My race was pain free, but I felt the knee a little during my cooldown, just like on Wednesday. I placed in my age group, but mostly I was glad to spend the morning with friends and run.
Saturday afternoon was spent watching football then going out for sushi with Clay! We went with a group of friends and tried a new-to-us place that was close to home (this is a better “after” pic of my hair, too).
On Sunday, I attempted a run from the house. I didn’t meet up with the group because I wanted to feel free to stop if the knee hurt. This turned out to be a good decision, because I only logged 2 miles- at least I was close to home. I called it a day and hit the gym to cross train, which is probably what I should have done to begin with.
I don’t see myself running 6 days a week for awhile. I don’t see myself running at all next week.
Sometimes your race dreams become dreams deferred. Literally. Maybe I can salvage a winter half, but I’m not even keeping my hopes up for that right now.