This week was full of cross training and very not full of running (I prefer the opposite), due to the pain in my lower left leg and shin. Big time speed bump in my marathon training that had been going really well up to this point. The crazy thing is I have been just as hungry as I am when I’m running 30-40 miles per week. I have also been more tired than I am when I’m running 30-40 miles per week. Go figure. This week did end on a good note, though.
Monday- Rest day. Iced shin and stretched after Sunday’s long bike ride.
Tuesday- Cross training: approximately 8 mile bike ride with Barry. Made a few observations.
Wednesday- Cross training: core work.
Thursday- Cross training: Swam 2,000 yards at the local YMCA. This was the first time I’ve swam (aside from the ocean and playing around in the pool) in roughly 3.5 years. It felt pretty good. I was happy to find I’m still able to do all four strokes, including butterfly. I was also happy to find I look just as goofy in a swim cap as I always have. But then again, who doesn’t?
|Took the requisite “I went for a swim” selfie.|
One strange thing that happened, that’s never happened to me before, is that my feet kept cramping while I was swimming freestyle. Apparently my feet forgot how to be pointed while kicking. I kept having to dorsiflex my feet which probably looked funny if anyone was watching (anyone being the lifeguard and the five women doing a water aerobics class on the right side of the pool). It didn’t happen when I swam breaststroke, backstroke, or butterfly. It wasn’t painful or anything, though… just annoying.
Friday- Rest day. Wanted to give my leg a complete rest day prior to attempting a long run. Plus my arms didn’t work anymore after Thursday’s swimming.
Saturday- 10 mile long run on the Dora Trail. I met up with Kim and we ran the first 5 miles together in the cold weather (25 degrees!). Then I headed back out on my own for another 5 miles. My leg felt alright. I had some dull pain on and off but nothing that screamed “stop!” I mixed in some walk breaks as well to ease my legs back into the stress of running. The good news? Running 10 miles wasn’t all that taxing on the rest of my body. I felt fatigued during the last 2 miles or so. But other than that I felt like my endurance is still pretty good.
|Mile 8 ‘selfie’|
Sunday- 10 mile long run with Sven (the treadmill). I chose to run on the treadmill knowing it would give me more cushion than the pavement does. I also to run with Sven so that I could stop immediately if my shin did start to hurt (no walk back to the car, etc.). The good news is my leg felt fine! The only time it hurt was when I started back running after taking a bathroom break about halfway through my run. But that went away after about a minute. It’s weird how my shin feels okay as long as I’m running but hurts when I have to take a break. I am happy to report I never got bored the entire 10 miles. I watched Twilight, which kept me entertained the entire time.
|The distance display says 10.00, not 1.000 🙂|
If you remember, our woodstove is in the basement which is also where Sven lives. We fired up our woodstove earlier this week because of the cold temperatures we were having. If it’s 100 degrees in Charlotte, I’ll be ready for it after this run.
This was my first time ever doing back to back long runs on a weekend. It worked out pretty well and I’m glad I was still able to get some miles in. The good news is I still feel like my endurance is in a good place. Both of this weekend’s long runs felt very “doable.” I got fatigued, of course, towards the end of both runs. But overall I finished feeling like I definitely had a lot more in the tank.
Total Miles: 20 (2 days of running)
This week’s schedule*:
Monday: 7 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles w/ 5 @ MP
Friday: 7 miles
Saturday: 14 miles
*This is what my training plan calls for this week. With the onset of this shin pain, everything has kind of been up in the air. I am taking it one day at a time and making a call on what I’ll do each day based on how my leg feels.