April isn’t quite over, but my goal for the month has been to run easy miles over workouts or races. Since November, ITBS and peroneal tendonitis have caused me to lose some of the innocence I had when I was injury-free for two years. I’m now hyper-aware of every niggle, ache, or twinge that I used to train through without any second thoughts.
Hopefully soon, my body- and heart- will be ready to take the chance of training and racing again. Until then, I’m rebuilding and keeping the faith.
|Tuesday||7.3 miles + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||60 min. BodyPump + 5.3 miles (track)|
|Thursday||5.2 miles + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||60 min. Arc Trainer|
|Sunday||7.1 miles + 60 min. yoga|
Monday’s run was an easy Cooper River Bridge run with Steve and Emilie. We ran from downtown to the top of the bridge then back down, rather than running the whole thing. It was my first time on the bridge since the race, so it was nice to take it easy- or as easy as running the bridge is- and enjoy a run with friends.
On Tuesday, I ran around my neighborhood that morning then went to yoga that night. I missed yoga last weekend due to Easter holidays (classes were cancelled for Easter, which is totally understandable) and hated to take two weeks off. It feels good to stretch out, especially as I’m feeling the effects of running each day.
Wednesday, I went to BodyPump that morning, then did a track workout that evening.
Since my peroneal tendon injury was on the left foot, I ran my entire workout in the outer lanes to avoid sharp turns at fast (for me) speeds. I ran 3 x 1200m, which was about .86 miles for each interval in the outer lanes, then recovered with a 200m (half a lap) jog between each.
It rained before our workout, so the inner lanes of the track were slick and the humidity was insane. It felt like 1000% humidity, but even that feels better than an injury.
Thursday was another easy run and more cross training. My mileage isn’t high, but my cross training game has been on point. I even went to the Purple Prison (Planet Fitness) by choice on Friday and arc trainer-ed. I was tired of running my neighborhood, and Planet Fitness was a change of scenery.
On Saturday, I ran the Cooper River Bridge again, but started in Mt. Pleasant (the steeper side) and ran to the top and back down. At 8 AM, it was already 75 degrees and humid, plus the uphill climb on the bridge had an intense headwind. I don’t normally post training paces, but my pace for the 1 mile climb up the bridge was a 9:32. My overall pace for 8 miles was 8:22, so you can do the math and see how bad the winds were.
I concluded the week with 7 miles at the Be the Light for Jimi run at Charles Towne Landing. It was a fundraiser for a local musician who is battling cancer. There were no awards or times- but everyone left with a full heart and dedicated a run to Jimi. Supporting each other is what our sport is about.
Emily and I got some solid mileage in, then refueled with orange slices, coffee, and Cinnabon. Good stuff! I headed to yoga that afternoon to stretch out, strengthen my body, and reflect on the week. I hope everyone has a great week!