This week’s mantra: Be grateful for the run you can do, even when it’s not the run you wanted to do.
I added an extra day of running this week- including a race- but did quite a bit of rehab and yoga as well. I sometimes “feel” my knee when running, but the post-run rehab fixes it right up.
Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend. Saturday morning social media is the best when you’re a runner, and my Facebook news feed was full of race results, pictures, PRs, BQs, and awards- I love it!
|Monday||5 miles + ITB Rehab Routine + 45 min. yoga|
|Tuesday||60 min. elliptical + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||5.1 miles (track) + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||3.3 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Friday||ITB Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||5.2 miles including Jingle Bell Run 5K (22:33) + 60 min. yoga|
|Sunday||8.4 miles + 60 min. BodyFlow|
I kicked off the week with a run, the strength/rehab routine, and an ortho appointment. I feel like my appointment was a waste of two hours (mostly travel time to downtown Charleston) and the copay. I came home and had a drink, hoping it would literally be a “recovery beverage”.
Tuesday was spent cross training since I ran on Sunday and Monday and don’t want to overdo it. 60 minutes of elliptical in front of Food Network is the way to go on a recovery day, especially when you do elliptical intervals in “reverse mode”.
On Wednesday, we did a track workout. Since we have a LOT of races lately, everyone ran different workouts. Like last week, I ran 800m intervals. I ran 6 x 800m as well as a warmup and cooldown and it was all pain free. I got to share a run with friends and that was the best part of the night.
We all headed home after track- going out is fun, but holiday shopping + bills + fully funding my Roth IRA are taking my money right now.
On Thursday I just ran 3 miles, since I added in a 5th day of running this week, and I took Friday off except for my PT exercises.
On Saturday, I ran the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 5K. Sure, I could have waited until I was 100% trained to race again, but what’s the fun in that? I knew my finish time would be slower than what I am used to, so I had no expectations besides having fun and finishing pain-free. The Jingle Bell Run was a fun holiday 5K- the proceeds benefited the Arthritis Foundation, the shirt was great, and I earned both a finisher’s medal and a medal for placing.
I’m proud that I had the guts to pin on a race bib. No matter what your ability level is, it takes courage to run a race.
On Sunday, I did a long run of just over 8 miles. I thought about going to Hampton Park to meet the group, but decided to stay close to home in case my knee was painful during the run. It wasn’t the most pleasant feeling run ever, and I miss the days when 8 miles was an easy day rather than a “long run”- but I know I’ll get back there.
After my run, I showered, rolled my legs with my R8 Roll Recovery, then went to Mellow Mushroom for lunch with Clay. We shared a bruschetta app and a Kosmic Karma pizza- my favorite.
Sunday afternoon was spent relaxing and going to BodyFlow to recover from Sunday’s run and mentally reset for the week ahead. It’s a busy week and our last full work week until Christmas, so let’s see how it goes!