Sorry this post is up a bit late- like most Chicagoans I got wrapped up in the marathon this weekend and was busy busy busy until about 30 minutes ago!
This past training week was an interesting one. After two good and hard weeks of training, my body reminded me that it’s human, can’t go hard every workout, and it appreciates weekly rest days. Noted! My hamstrings were tight, my left knee was swelling up (no pain though), and my knee joint felt loose. I wasn’t in pain but I could feel something was not right. I stretched, foam rolled, iced, and dropped the intensity of my workouts and by the end of the week I was feeling pretty much back to normal.
Tuesday- I was supposed to run 8 miles with 10 x 100 m strides but Tuesday is when I first noticed my knee was bugging me. I ran slowly to the track and then did ”strides” at about my half marathon pace and then jogged slowly home. It wasn’t much of a speed workout but I couldn’t increase my pace too much without bugging my knee. I averaged an 8:07 min/mile.
Wednesday- Recovery 5 miler at a slow pace. My knee had puffed up Tuesday night and I was nervous about running at all. I ended up averaging an 8:30 min/mile and felt okay.
Thursday- After a day/night of very little swelling and lots of icing, I felt ready to run my weekday long run. I still didn’t want to push the pace too much and kept myself around an 8 min/mile.
Friday- Recovery 4 miler. I actually felt good running on Friday and my recovery pace kept creeping up to close to an 8 min/mile. Whoops. I did my best to slow down but after a week of easy runs, my legs were ready to go. I ended up averaging an 8:09 min/mile.
Saturday- With the marathon on Sunday, I knew it would be difficult to run my long run on Sunday so I planned to do my 15 miler Saturday morning. I woke up around 6, snacked on a rice cake with almond butter, chia seeds, and raisins and then was out the door.
Even though I was feeling almost normal, I knew that pushing myself too hard would not be a good idea. I tried my best to keep my pace close to an 8:00 min/mile or slower although sometimes I got lost in my thoughts along the lakeshore path and let my pace creep up into the 7:40′s. Oops.
I did a loop in the city and then hit the path going north around mile 4. I ran another 5 miles north into the wind, turned around, and ran the six miles home. Something weird happened to my Garmin when I crossed the bridge to Navy Pier (mile 6) but I have a feeling given the surrounding miles that I was actually running closer to a 7:50 min/mile.
My legs felt really good until about mile 13 when my knee started to feel loose and strange (descriptive, I know). I slowed my pace and tried not to think about it. It definitely helped that around this time the Chicago Marathon wheelchair racers were out on the path and I got some free entertainment. Awesome.
My Garmin malfunctioned as I headed back into the city too. #storyofmylife.
This was my first run of the year that I hardly broke a sweat- even after 15 miles. When I got home I took a hot shower and then debated making a recovery smoothie. I decided that I was still too cold to enjoy a cold breakfast and ended up making cinnamon raisin protein oats.
Muuuch better than a cold smoothie (although the picture sucks)!
Sunday- OFF / volunteering for the Chicago Marathon.
Total Mileage: 42 miles
While this week wasn’t exactly what I wanted in terms of training, it was a nice reminder to take care of my body. My goal now is to get back to feeling normal before this coming Tuesday because next week is a hard week of training!