Good morning and a happy Monday to you! Last week was kind of wonky, so my mileage was not as high as I would have liked, but I’m ok with that. Let’s take a look!
And actual runs:
Week #8 Stats:
Injuries/Issues: If anything, this whole experience has been a lesson in listening carefully to my body. Between the numb feet (only happening occasionally now) and some slight knee pain, I’ve been pretty good.
But on Friday, a very easy slow run of 4 miles was one of the more painful I’ve had. For whatever reason, both my calves and Achilles tendons were extremely tight. So tight in fact that I could only stretch them for about 5 seconds at a time without having to switch legs out of pain. They were tender to the touch and no matter what I did – stop, massage, stretch – they remained that way.
J and I went together on Saturday and due to a knee injury on his end and my still-tender calves on mine, we ended up stopping every mile to stretch and rub. Not exactly ideal but it is what it is.
Other notable ramblings: My long run on Sunday was my best yet. I dropped water bottles and had a route similar to the Sassy Swan Half Marathon in mind. It was not too hot out and relatively flat and I absolutely love running downtown. I also am introducing fuel during my longer runs now. This week’s sugar of choice? Strawberry Clif Shot Bloks. They were ok as far as texture and flavor goes but I stopped to eat them when I got to my water bottle so I don’t know how I’d do while running and chewing them up. But they did their job and helped me power through my last 5 miles.
Also, turns out the promise of brunch – the proverbial light at the end of the long run tunnel – is guaranteed to get me moving and I was happy to meet J downtown for Mimosas, chicken & waffles, and Nutella & banana crepes at Cru Bistro.
As for the latter part of the week, I was out-of-town for work from Tuesday through Thursday and due to some late nights, I was unable to get any running while gone. I made up for it (save for the 7 miler) Friday and Saturday which were listed as rest days.
Taking a closer look at my calendar, I had put in a rest day for Saturday as I was toying with the idea of signing up for a half marathon to supplement training. So the Saturday rest day was actually dependent upon that. Sadly I didn’t end up signing up for anything so the Saturday run wasn’t in vain.
So aside from my calf/Achilles issue in the later part of the week, I’m pretty happy with my results. I’m holding off on my long run for right now, I want to give my legs time to feel better and really focus on stretching.
Anyone have lower leg stretches they swear by? I’d love to know!