Who do I think I am, jumping back into these harder workouts and long runs? Let me just put this disclaimer out there: Do as I say, not as I do. I would never recommend this type of return to running to anyone else. As a running coach, I am more than familiar with the concept of increasing gradually and adding back speed or distance, not both at the same time. But here I am, happily running double-digit long runs again with a harder mid-week workout without properly building up to this.
Here’s the thing. All along, this injury has been crazy. There was no rhyme or reason to when my foot hurt. My back would randomly hurt out of the blue. It was usually one or the other. So when I finally had a long streak where nothing hurt, I wanted to take advantage of it. Trust me, I know that thinking is not really logical. You are probably rolling your eyes just waiting for me to tell you that I’m hurt again. I have just come to the conclusion that if doing nothing can cause pain, then running a lot isn’t necessarily to blame.
I’ll just keep doing what’s working until it isn’t working anymore.
Monday: Strength training
I decided to move things around this week and strength train on Monday when it was raining. While I don’t mind running in the rain, it was coming down pretty hard and staying inside sounded better.
Tuesday: 5 miles with 3 x 7 minutes hard, 2 minute recoveries
This was a tough run. I did a 1 mile warm up then 3 x 7 minutes hard with 2 minute recoveries on a hilly loop. I ended up running the hard intervals at just under an 8 min/mile pace. Running that pace uphill is what really got me. I finished with a 1 mile cool down.
Wednesday: Strength training
Another solid strength training session- and now I’m halfway through phase 3!
Thursday: 3.4 miles easy
I turned 34 on Thursday and ran 3.4 miles. I don’t like to make a big deal about my birthday but I figured I would run about 3 miles anyway so why not make it 3.4? It was so dark out, but I think park of the problem was my headlamp needed a new battery. When I replaced it it was so much brighter.
Friday: 30 minutes spin bike
This was practically a rest day because I took it reallllly easy on the bike. I guess it was good to get my legs moving. On Thursday I had banged my knee into one of those plastic rolling carts when I was bringing stuff to my car for a training. It bothered me a little after riding the spin bike but felt fine most of the day.
Saturday: 11 miles
It was 61 degrees and 100% humidity when I went out. Since it was still dark, I had my headlamp on for the first 3 miles and I could see that it was really lightly raining. The first part of the run was mostly hilly but I was glad to get that out of the way in the beginning. Luckily, there was no chafing, no blisters, and NO PAIN! Just a really knotty ponytail.
Do you ever do things that you would never tell anyone else to do?
Do you run any special distances on your birthday?
How were your workouts last week?