Standing on the starting line of a race takes guts, and sometimes choosing not to stand on that starting line takes even more guts.
This week’s original plan was to prioritize recovering from the Lexington Half Marathon, while still logging some training for the Kiawah Island Half Marathon in December and using Saturday’s 911 Heroes Run as a tempo run.
We all know what happens to the best laid plans.
|Monday||60 min. Arc Trainer + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Wednesday||6.3 miles + ITB Rehab Routine|
|Friday||60 min. Yoga|
|Saturday||45 min. Arc Trainer|
|Sunday||75 min. Yoga + Volunteering at 911 Heroes Run|
This time last week, I was on top of the world after my half marathon, and today, I’ve been knocked on my bum.
I had some calf pain near my knee early in the week but thought it was soreness from Lexington. I knew it would take me a few days to recover from that race because I was only 90 seconds slower than my PR (after being sick) and on a tougher course. My runs early in the week were easy, including Wednesday night’s track meetup.
When my calf hurt after Thursday’s run, I realized it wasn’t simply post-race soreness, so I shut my training down for a few days, opting for yoga and the Arc Trainer. I’m hoping I only need a few days off, not weeks, but I’m prepared for the worst and hoping for the best. You don’t escape #TeamJanky that easily.
Ironically, I had an injured knee this weekend last year (thanks for the reminder, Timehop). The month of November is cursed for me, and it’s the worst time to not run. We have a short racing/running season here because the weather is hot. November and December have great running weather, but they also have holidays, parties, and family dinners with tons of delicious food and stretchy pants.
Even though workouts were nonexistent this week, yoga was nice! In fact, yoga was the highlight of my week. On Friday night, I went to the Soul Yoga and Wellness one year anniversary party. We had a 60 minute flow class followed by wine and refreshments, including these super cute cookies. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to eat my favorite yoga pose or my least favorite yoga pose.
Sunday morning, I skipped Church of the Sunday Group Run for a 75 minute flow class. My calf cooperated with both classes, and some of the stretches seemed to help a bit. In the spirit of this week and thankfulness, I am grateful that I did two yoga classes. I realized how much I miss practicing in studios with others vs. at home yoga.
Anyway, I hope I’ll be off #TeamJanky sooner rather than later, and hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Good luck with Turkey Trots!