Monday workout: 6 mile run and 30 min of cardio strength
Tuesday workout: 2.6 miles… and then IT happened…
All through my training I have been working hard, staying injury free and really enjoying myself about 90% of the time. I thought I was training smart.
The last 4 weeks of this plan have been hard. My body wasn’t getting stronger anymore and workouts were harder both mentally and physically. My strength training was the first thing to fall by the wayside. I should have caught myself then and really pulled it in–but I didn’t.
2 Sundays ago when I ran 20 miles I think I may have overdone it. At mile 16 or so the outside of my left knee started KILLING me. I’d never had this pain before, so I just figured it was my body being pissed off for making it run so far. I thought rest would take care of the issue.
A week later I was still hurting and hurting BAD. I am not someone who likes to “run through the pain”. I always envision myself doing something like that, tearing some horrible ligament and being off my feet for 6+ months. Hopefully my paranoia keeps me healthy (you all think I’m crazy??? Oh well…)
After reading, googling and crying I realized that my IT band is hurting (I didn’t even know what it was until last night). Luckily, Phil’s sister is a Doctor of Physical Therapy so I will be calling her later to figure out the best course of action. She already advised me to ice (I did!) and I found some stretches online that are helping OMG so much. I may have looked like a weirdo stretching at work, but I don’t care.
My concern is that I have been tapering TOO much and that I am going to lose some of my fitness. The added stress from my constant calories in vs. calories out mindset has been a challenge, but I am determined to be healthy for this marathon even if that means I have to aqua jog for the next week and a half.
This week isn’t about me though:
Phil is more than halfway through a 72-hour test that is the first step towards completing his PhD. He has been furiously working away since Monday morning and I have to say, the man is a smarty pants.
More dedication miles, as the marathon is just over a week away!
Mile 15- Mario. I have been friends with M since 3rd grade. He has always inspired me to do everything with a smile, try my hardest and never stop being myself. He knows me better than almost anyone, and met me before I shaved my legs. That fact alone should tell you that he is a real friend. We encourage each other in all things, shared the same major in college and he taught me that it’s healthy to question my values and ideals and really explore what matters to me.(M if you read this and still have awesome 3rd grade gate program photos around… send them to meeee) ❤
Mile 16- Andrea. I just met A. a few months ago when I started my new job and we hit it off right away. She is a fitness and health nut like I am and our lives have so many parallels it’s creepy. I know that if I’m feeling fat from a carb refeed that A will understand. She is that one friend who will listen to you ramble on about your last run and actually care. I love how dedicated to Paleo, dance and being fit that she is. She is also an incredibly kind person and took P and I in this year for Thanksgiving since we wouldn’t be able to make it home to our own families. Good friends are rare and I always do my best to treasure mine.