Saturday, December 7, 2013

Training Update 12/1- 12/7

Well, I cannot say this week of training has gone exactly how I had hoped. I was a little too adventurous with jumping my miles back up. I didn't do anything crazy, but I intended to do 7-8 mile runs this week with one rest day. All was looking well, until Sundays run hit a cog in my carefully planned works. After two 6, two 7, and one 8 mile run all pain free, I thought I was good to go.

Beautiful sunrise for my last run in snowy, cold  in  Michigan!
Before I started this run, I had a feeling something was wrong, I was unusually nervous, but couldn't pinpoint why. I would go up one major hill on this run, but other than that, it was mostly the same as the other runs. About 3.5 miles in, my instinct was telling me to turn around "just do 7" the voice in my head said. The stubbornness in me ignored that plea, and carried on to the 4 mile mark to turn around. I did....but 800m later I started to feel pain in my leg.....dammit. I tried to run for a little while with no improvement. I was smart enough to realize every step was more damage, so I stopped, stretched, and intended to walk the 3 miles back. For some reason, I felt like I should do some calf raises....so I found a curb....and miraculously the pain disappeared. I started to run......cautiously, but it ended up being fine, and I ran to 7.5 miles, then decided to stop as I was close enough to the car.

Very strange, but enough of a warning to get me worrying about moving along too fast. I took my rest day, and the day after I ran 8 pain free, but the "little voice" was telling me to back off; it was still a little too swollen to be normal. I decided to listen this time; I am going to run up to 6 miles every day this week on flat, soft ground, running no further than 2 miles away from my car at all times (stopping at the first sign of pain). I think straight into 8 mile runs was a little too much for a tear in a muscle that I then proceeded to run a marathon on.

It is frustrating, and right now I face a daily battle against my mind, but at the end of the day, I am grateful that I am able to run at all! I do not want to start my cycle off with an injury that will haunt me for a long time, my leg seems to be okay running, but I just need to take it easy to be sure. Of course this goes along with continuing to implement physical therapy exercises I took out a few weeks before the race, and treating it until it is completely better.

I also have come across a recovery product that has literally worked wonders on the site of my strain. I cannot wait to share a post with you all about it. I was skeptical at first, but I truly believe that it works! If you would like to check it out before then.....introducing Primal Sport Mud....AKA my new best friend :)

How was your week of training?


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12 comments:

  1. At least you didn't push all the way through the run! This week my foot started hurting so I'm forcing myself to take an easy week. It's hard now, but it will be so worth it in the end!

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    1. Thanks Leigha! I am sorry to hear that, but you are so right!!! Train smarter, not harder :)

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  2. That is exactly what happened to me directly after my marathon. Weird little pains came and went. Have you gotten a deep tissue massage? I would highly highly recommend it to work out muscle soreness. I hope it's nothing too serious and it doesn't come back.

    My week was decent, I am finally getting back into running.

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    1. Yeah, I have heard a lot of that from people. I think (fingers crossed) I am on my way to it being gone. This is still leftover from my muscle strain, massaging would aggravate it so I have to stay away.

      So happy you are getting back into it, and excited to run together this week :)

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  3. I have learned to listen to my body and when it's says cut the run short I do. I recently prevented an injury from becoming so much worse by listening and cutting a run short.

    I had a great week! It's about time. Coming back after an injury is painfully slow...as you know.

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    1. Yay! I am so glad to hear that, Jill! You have earned it, and I bet you appreciate it SO MUCH MORE after all you have been through :)

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  4. Those little voices really do have something to say! I'm not the best about listening to them hence my current state of not running. Boo.

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    1. Thanks Angela, I am so sorry to hear that. You will be back, we all have to learn the lesson again and again....I am trying so hard to listen to the little voice....its usually right!

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  5. Good for you on listening to your body. Do you think it's more of a cramp since you mentioned after you did calf raises it helped?

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    1. No, as much as that would be preferable.....it was a muscle strain that I actually did about 3 weeks before the marathon.....and running the marathon on it did not make it a very happy camper!! I *think* I am almost back to normal! Thanks for your support, Jessie :)

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  6. I think that listening to those voices in all aspects of our lives is a lifelong struggle. It is very important ... but very difficult. Good for you listening to your body - because as you said, better cutting short the mileage than to mess up your running cycle!

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    1. You are so right, thank you so much for your support. Like you said, it is a constant battle, but one we must keep fighting!

      Thanks for your support :)

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