I was debating about even writing this post at all, because this particular week of training didn’t end on the best note. But, I decided to still share, because all runners have bad days–or even weeks. I wanted to show that, despite this injury, I’m going to give this race my all and not let this setback ruin me. If I have to go back and modify my goal for this race I will, but I’m definitely not going to give up.
I’m excited to share these posts with you guys, because not only does it hold me accountable, it also helps me to recognize areas to improve upon and provides a great visual to see how I’m progressing. Here’s a summary of week 9:
Monday: 30 minutes elliptical plus lower body and core strength training. I focused on doing exercises like leg lifts, deadlifts, and clamshells to strengthen my legs and hips. My knee was feeling fine this day.
Tuesday: 5 mile easy run. I was so happy to be outside! I forgot to take my phone with me to take pics, but I ran along the Capitol and Navy Yard area along the water. My knee felt pretty good, but I definitely felt it when I had to stop for traffic and then start back up again. Looking back, this should’ve been the day I decided to rest and call my PT. But I’m a Taurus and I’m stubborn, what can I say.
Wednesday: 45 minute tempo run. I love speed work! Unfortunately, my knee didn’t. I could feel the naggi-ness of it (I know that’s not a word, but I wasn’t feeling actual pain) but felt it more so when I stopped. However, I still had a great run and covered just under 5 miles. Overall average pace 9:09/mile. I also squeezed in upper body/core strength training.
Thursday: 5 miles at GHMP. Again, I never felt pain so intense that I couldn’t move or anything like that, but more of a dull annoyance on the inside of my knee. I still successfully completed my run, but as I’m typing this up, I’m pretending to hit my head–I mean hello my body is repeatedly trying to tell me something is wrong and I refuse to listen. I gotta get it together! Average pace for this run was 9:09/mile.
FYI my shoes are snazzy.
Friday: Rest day. I foam rolled and iced several times to try and work out knots around my knee/hamstring.
Saturday: Long run day. I had an 11 miler on my agenda, but stopped at ten. However, the positives from this run were: the weather, the sights, I figured out my fueling, and I felt strong during the first 5-6 miles before my knee decided to act up. Again, I could still run on it for sure, but it felt like I couldn’t get a full range of motion in my left leg. Rather than let my stubbornness win, I told myself enough was enough and called it quits at mile ten. My overall pace was around a 9:40ish mile.
Sunday: I knew better than to attempt an easy run and had a second rest day for the week. I can’t even tell you how much I beat myself up about missing a training run, but I know it was necessary. However, I remembered what Courtney said when she had knee pain–missing a few training runs won’t ruin my race but an untreated injury definitely could. I iced, foam rolled, stretched, and scheduled a PT appointment for the following week!
Reflections from Week 9:
- Obviously I’m bummed and feeling discouraged. However, I had really great success with my PT during my first half marathon when I suffered from tendonitis in my foot due to super tight calves. They used the Graston technique and it worked like a charm, so I’m really hoping it will work again for my hamstring/knee.
- I was still able to run Saturday, even if it was cut short by a mile. This gives me more hope that with the help of PT and some extra rest days, I’ll be able to run the race.
- It’s ok to adjust race goals. Yes I want to run a sub 2:00 half so bad, but being able to complete 13.1 miles is a feat in itself, and I need to remember that.