This week’s mantra: Cross train ‘till ya go insane.
Funny how last week, I considered adding another easy run to my weekly schedule, and this week, I’m hoping I can run the races on my Spring race schedule. For such a repetitive sport, running is truly unpredictable. As always, I’m grateful for every run, even the worst day of running beats the best day of injury or illness.
|Monday||6 miles easy + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||60 min. barre|
|Wednesday||2.1 mile test run + 60 min Arc Trainer|
|Thursday||6.2 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Friday||60 min. Arc Trainer + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Saturday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. yoga|
|Sunday||60 min. Arc Trainer + moving furniture|
|Total||14.3 miles. Whomp whomp.|
On Monday, I woke up feeling congested and tired. I think running into the headwind for 5 miles of Saturday’s long run contributed to this. I did my ITBS PT and went on a 6 mile easy sightseeing run around downtown with some friends. I do love my sightseeing runs and downtown Charleston is a ghost town on Monday nights!
My left ankle hurt a bit after Monday’s easy run, so I proactively took Tuesday off running. I had a stress fracture in my left heel in 2014, so any time something feels off with that ankle, I’m taking the day off. I take a “zero day” from running each week, and after last week’s 49 miles, maybe I needed that day off a little earlier than usual. I went to a barre class that my friend Kelly teaches. Kelly’s always inviting me to barre, so I figured an unplanned day off running was a good time to check it out.
Wednesday, I woke up and ran 2 miles around the neighborhood to test the ankle. It did not feel 100%, so I went to the chiro to have it adjusted and seek advice. He was great and showed me places to roll/massage around my peroneal tendon. It felt better, but I still decided to skip Wednesday night track and cross train on the Arc Trainer instead.
Thursday morning, I broke out a new pair of shoes because my New Balance Zante’s had about 450 miles on them (does anyone else keep extra pairs of shoes in your closet to break out randomly?). The pain got worse over and after my easy 6 miler, so I proactively scheduled an appointment with a podiatrist on Tuesday. It’s hard to get a doctor’s appointment, so when as I think I might need one, I call to get on the list ASAP. If the rest makes the injury go away, I can cancel the appointment. That’s one phone call I’d be thrilled to make…
I headed downtown for Charleston Beer Runners on Thursday night. Everyone (else) ran to Mellow Mushroom Downtown for a big party thrown by Yazoo brewing. Charleston Beer Runners had a huge crowd and Vy and I were trying to peep into the picture from the back.
Yazoo gave out t-shirts to runners, offered specials, and had a pizza eating contest. The contestants tried to eat a small Mellow Mushroom pizza covered in hot sauce in 15 minutes. Two guys accomplished this feat and were handsomely rewarded with prizes and a growler of free beer from Yazoo brewing. It was fun to watch- I tasted one bite of the pizza and it was crazy hot. Plus, those personal pizzas are huge and easily feed two people.
I decided to arc train for the rest of the week, until the ankle feels 100%, or until the doctor says I can run again. I feel like 60 minutes on the Arc Trainer is an equivalent effort to a 60 minute run, so I can keep my cardiovascular fitness up. This machine is no joke and will keep your heart rate elevated much better than the elliptical. Your hamstrings, calves, glutes, and core will feel it.
Here’s to hoping some rest will make my congestion and this ankle “niggle” go away! Have a good week!
I’m linking up with Holly at Hohoruns and Tricia at MississippiPiddlin‘ for their weekly wrap link. Check it out here. I’m also linking up with Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run, DC. You can check those posts out here.