Rough week last week. I'll be making some phone calls in the morning to try to get into a doctor soon and then I'll have some decisions to make. I absolutely hate giving in on a fight before it knocks me out entirely. I'd rather run on a fractured bone right up until it breaks in two than stop early on. A big part of this is because I've had some very painful injuries in the past that went un-diagnosed and I got tired of people not believing me when I said how bad they were. Once an injury knocks you flat out, there's no denying that it was bad. But, at the same time, I think sometimes you have to swallow your wants and your pride and do what's best for your body. It would be so much easier for me to make a call if I was no longer fit or if I could not complete runs anymore, but every time I get ready to throw in the towel, I go sneak in a solid run. I'm still surprised that after three weeks of no running and then a month and a half of ten to 25 mile weeks I can still walk out and run three miles in sub 6:00 pace. I really, really, really want to hang in there for two more weeks so I can run a relay with some of the ladies in Dallas on December 9th, but I also don't want to jeopardize their record by not going into it fully fit or healthy enough to finish. If people are counting on me, I have to make the most responsible decision I know to make.
Sunday, November 25th
Core + 30' walk in the morning, finished with a half mile jog
4M: 2M easy, 2M of 32", 32" in the afternoon (7:17 AP)
COMMENTS: The pain on this run was pretty significant in the first mile but then eased up a bit in the second, so I decided if I was going to keep running I might as well throw some quality into it. My watch timer was set to beep every 32 seconds, so I started the timer and just alternated hard, easy. Mile splits were 8:43, 7:38, 6:28, 6:22. Definitely all that I needed to do today in terms of my leg, but I'm pleased with that. If I can string together two more weeks of this, that's the same thing I've been doing up until now and it's worked fairly well. No sense in getting greedy!
Monday, November 26th
Rehab exercises + core before work
4M naturally progressive during lunch (7:12 AP)
COMMENTS: I started the run with Jake and then decided to stop after a mile because it was too painful. After going inside to get a core mat and coming back out, I realized the pain had already released significantly so I decided to get in the rest of my run. Waited for Jake to come through his second mile and then jumped back in with him for his last two, finishing my fourth mile solo. Mile splits were 8:15, 7:10, 6:55, 6:30.
Tuesday, November 27th
4M easy with Jake (no Garmin)
COMMENTS: No Garmin or workout today; it was actually an unplanned run. I was supposed to get some groceries during lunch and take today off, but Jake wanted company and I've got to be able to run more than 3 days at a time eventually, right?! It felt like a normal run to me, but Jake said he thought it was one of the best runs we've had together... maybe it was faster than I thought. Who knows!
Wednesday, November 28th
Rest day. Core & rehab exercises only.
Thursday, November 29th
Core workout before work
4M with Jake during lunch (no Garmin)
COMMENTS: Ran on the gravel loop at DBU with Jake. Lots of pain on this run, maybe just because of the unstable surface? We started relatively easy but got to rolling pretty good by the end.
Friday, November 30th
Core workout before work
4.6M with Jake on the streets in Grand Prairie (no Garmin)
COMMENTS: Very good run if it weren't for the bad knee pain. I felt so fresh and strong - probably because I'm running so little these days and I haven't done a quality workout this week since I'm running with Jake on his doubles. I may try to slip in some 30/30's or cut down miles tomorrow. Anyways, not sure the total distance or pace today but we ran just shy of 33 minutes and the last bit was probably sub 6:30 pace for me.
Saturday, December 1st
30' with Jake at Prayer Mountain trails (no Garmin)
COMMENTS: Tolerated the trails much better than I expected... pain really wasn't any different than on a normal run. Only big difference from what I've been doing is the slower pace from frequent turns and watching roots.
**Update: I'm much more confident after this week in the relay! I have no doubts that I'll be able to get in a good warm up and complete ~4+ miles at a good pace. Just have to be tough mentally! :)