Running Shenanigans (4/2/17)
Is it just me? Is anyone else having trouble with the realization that we are now in the month of April? WOW! From here, the year just gets busier and busier; I'm thankful for the opportunity to take a moment and reflect on the week, joining my friend Courtney (who set a new 10 mile PR this morning! WOO HOO!), at Eat Pray Run DC, to share a weekly training review.
Monday - A four mile, easy-does-it run to start the week; my hamstring area was feeling near normal through the first three miles and then I noticed some tightness and a little fatigue at around the 3.5 mile mark. It never felt painful, or uncomfortable, so I was encouraged by the progress. After the run, I did the Jasyoga Quick Post-Run Reset and then, in the evening, a 20 minute epsom soak followed by foam rolling.
Tuesday - The same distance as Monday, four miles, but I tried to start off a little slower and ease into a comfortable pace; at this point, it has become difficult to discern what feels best - forcing myself to slow down or trying to run at a somewhat normal-for-me easy pace. Unfortunately, my hamstring tightened up a little sooner on this run and felt achy afterward; I did some band exercises (trying to strengthen outer hip/glute muscles along with the healing hamstring), which seem to help, but I was feeling a little discouraged after this run.
Wednesday - After reporting the results of Tuesday's run, Coach said that I needed to take a full rest day to absorb the work I'd already put in and allow the hamstring to recover. I remembered that I had a free session with a local massage therapist, licensed in clinical bodywork (my MIL has used her for shoulder/neck problems in the past), and asked whether it might be a good time to take advantage of this treat; Coach said to go for it.
My session with Mary was amazing; together, we discovered that, while my left side really wasn't very tight, my right side was all out of whack (so typical - insert eye roll). In addition, I have two ginormous knots at the very top of glute max on both sides; it's all bunched up at my lower back. She spent a lot of time working on these, each side, and provided me with some suggestions. She's going to be out of town, visiting family, until next week but I'm definitely going back ASAP.
Thursday - In order to recover and assess the situation post-massage, I kept Thursday's run to four miles; I did, however, decide to run them in my hilly neighborhood because I'd missed the scenery! Thankfully, the run went really well; I could tell a huge difference after the massage, even though the areas Mary worked were pretty sore. Post-run I did my band exercises, Jasyoga and light stretching, plus my evening routine of soaking and foam rolling.
Friday - Following the success of Friday's run, I really wanted to try tacking on another mile; rather than getting stuck in an out-and-back situation in the pre-dawn darkness, I decided I'd hit the treadmill so that I could manage my pace and have the ability to stop when needed. With four miles completed, I was still feeling pretty good (and really enjoying the episode of The Mindy Project that I was watching) so I kept going. Five miles! YAY!
While I did feel some tightness and fatigue toward the end, this was definitely one of the better runs I've had lately; very encouraging!
Saturday - My training schedule called for 7-8 miles, as a test to the endurance of my hamstring; I seriously considered jumping into a local 10K (my husband was already planning to run it), but then decided the temptation to push too hard and ignore my body's signals would be too great.
Thankfully, the weather was delightful and, after an awkward first mile, I began to get into a comfortable rhythm with no noise from the hamstring; I did notice that my glutes were actually doing some work, nothing short of a miracle, and that was the only area that proved bothersome. I managed to put together a solid eight mile effort and, by the final mile, I was so overjoyed that I felt like I was flying.
Sunday - My coach suggested that I take a full rest day today, with no strength exercises, in order to give my body time to recover fully from the previous three days; never one to say no to a lazy Sunday, I have followed orders perfectly.
With 25 miles in for the week, I feel pretty good today, following yesterday's long-ish run, which is very encouraging; looking forward to what the upcoming week will bring!
Hope you all have a great week and Happy April!