I won’t call this a “weekly rundown” when I’m not running.
For over two years, I was injury free. I had the occasional aches, pains, and niggles that come from training hard- but nothing that a sports massage and a few days off running wouldn’t fix. I ran 5-6 days a week, did yoga, strength trained, “listened to my body”, and focused on recovery. I improved my PRs substantially in 5K-half marathon and set out to train for a marathon.
When I started running in 2010, I ran a 5K in 31-33 minutes. My last 5K was a 21:23, after a week of hard training. When anyone asked me what my secret to improving was, I told them it was consistent training.
In the past three months, I’ve had two injuries (ITBS and now peroneal tendonitis), five weeks of actual training, and one surprise half marathon PR. I’ve spent more money on treating my ITBS and peroneal tendonitis than race registrations. I’ve deferred a race, DNSed a race, and am about to DNS another.
My training has been anything but consistent. I trained smart, but sometimes, shit happens. I feel like a fraud.
|Monday||60 min. stationary bike + ankle/heel PT|
|Tuesday||Sports Massage + 1 mile walk + ankle/heel PT|
|Wednesday||60 min. arc trainer + ITBS Rehab Routine + ankle/heel PT|
|Thursday||15 min. stair climber + 45 min. elliptical + 60 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||60 min. elliptical + ankle/heel PT|
|Saturday||60 min. BodyPump + yardwork (raking is legit cardio)|
|Sunday||60 min. elliptical + 3.1 mile test run + ankle/heel PT|
I won’t recap my activities this week. Cross training is cross training. It’s what injured runners do so they don’t lose too much fitness gain too much weight.
Tuesday morning, I got a sports massage on my heel, ankle, and lower legs. I went to a new massage therapist that a friend recommended to me, and she did a great job. Frances was able to squeeze me into her schedule really quickly, which is a big deal when you’re injured! She told me to walk that afternoon and focus on NOT landing on the side of my foot and showed me a few other exercises to help strengthen my foot muscles.
Wednesday, I went to The Foot Store in Mt. Pleasant and got a heel wedge orthotic for my left foot. Carolyn was super helpful, and if you are an injured runner in Charleston, I highly recommend going there for any inserts, orthotics, or shoes you may need- they even do custom orthotics in the store. Here’s my heel wedge- it goes under the sock liner of my left shoe.
By Thursday, my ankle pain was decreasing a lot, thanks to the massage, pain medicine, and the orthotics. It still hurts when I wake up in the mornings, which makes it hard to decide to run, even though the pain decreases later in the day.
On Sunday, I could only stand 60 minutes on the elliptical. I’d planned for 90, since I’m trying to get in at least one long endurance session each week to make long runs a bit easier when I start running again. Since I quit early and didn’t have any issues, I decided to test out my foot with a 3.1 mile run from home. I conveniently timed it around my pain medicine.
I ran at a slower pace but the run was anything but easy. My ankle hurt a bit during and after the run. Mostly, I felt fat and out of shape. The risk just wasn’t worth the reward (or lack thereof), especially when I know I can get a good workout on the cardio machines at the gym without risking injury.
I think I’ll skip running for a few more days and keep cross training until I go insane…
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.