"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" -Pres. Thomas S. Monson
Rough week. Not really what I was expecting, but I rolled with it. I had a really fun run, a great run, a run that I quit, and the toughest run of my training thus far. Mixed bag, eh?! I'm grateful that I have been able to keep a positive attitude through the multitude of challenges I've had this training cycle, and I see no reason why that is going to change.
If anything, I've sure learned to roll with the punches this year.
Monday AM: Cycling- 13.4 miles in 45 minutes (17.9 mph)
Monday PM: 3.34 miles @ 9:48 pace/mile. I ran with friends to encourage. IT WAS SO FUN. My favorite run of the week, by far! There were 4 of us that just ran a hill by my house, and it was perfect in every way.
Tuesday: 10 miles @ 8:00 pace/mile. This was my tempo run for the week. It felt super tough and I was so, so, so grateful for my last cool down mile when it came. I saw Mindy drive past right before I was done, and I'm telling you, if she would have pulled over I probably would have hopped in her car and asked her to take me home!
Wednesday: Yasso's x5- sets were 3:14, 3:11, 3:20, 3:16, 3:18. I was supposed to do 10 sets, but by my second set I could feel my left IT Band really tightening, and by my 5th set I knew if I kept going then I was going to have real trouble on my hands. I quit, jogged home, and rolled on my foam roller for 20 minutes.
Friday: Cycling, 13.4 miles in 45 minutes (17.9 mph), ITBS Rehab Routine. I also was able to get in to see my Physical Therapist. Since I've dealt with this injury a lot, I knew that if I just got in early to get it taken care of, then I could get myself recovered and ready for Ogden with no problems. So for an hour and a half he beat me up and left me with this souvenir:
My PT gave me the go ahead for my planned 15 mile run on Saturday, so I did...
Saturday: 15 miles @8:15 pace/mile. My leg ached when I wasn't running, so I knew I was probably in for it- but I was feeling positive! I felt really great until I hit some slight downhill. With IT, any sort of downhill really aggravates the injury. I stopped and stretched a couple of times, and decided that instead of quitting at mile 7, that I would just slow the pace and zig zag the flat streets in front of my house. I dropped Jami off at mile 10, and when I started running again it was so painful!!! I decided to just go home, but then I kind of went numb again and told myself to finish. I was glad I did, but it was hard to keep moving forward. The only thing that got me through was a 5 mile prayer to my Father in Heaven. Thankfully my IT Band didn't bother me much for the rest of the day- usually it's the other way around and doesn't hurt as much while running, but then it bothers me for days following. I take this as a good sign because I was on my feet for nearly the entire day after my run (5:30 AM until I left work at 10:30 PM)- coaching soccer, walking around Salt Lake, cheering on runners, and then waiting tables at night.
Today I'm feeling really good. I will definitely be seeing my PT again this week for another treatment, and hoping to still run 20-22 miles on Friday at my planned 8:15/mile pace. I'm not worried about the injury because I know it will heal quickly and I will be able to run the marathon. Experience matters sometimes! I'm glad I've been through this before so I know I don't need to freak out.
The highlight of the weekend was watching my son score his very first soccer goal, and seeing my sister-in-law Leslee complete her first marathon!
2 new Nike running shirts: $47.85 (one of these is my shirt that I'm saving for Ogden!)
Nike Running shoes: $63.95 (I ran across these Nike's at TJ Maxx for a screaming deal and am saving them for when my other shoes need to be retired- they are a $110 pair of shoes!)
Physical Therapist- $50
RUNNING total: $819.68
Kill. Me. Now.
What was the highlight of your weekend?How much do you think you've spent on running this year?