Monday, April 29, 2013
Good news is I ran 3 miles this evening with no real pain and just the hint of soreness in my left glute muscle. I didn't push speed, but ran comfortably at about 9 and a half minute per mile pace.
The not so good news is that my running coach says this type of injury is very slow healing. I suggested after my race on May 11th that perhaps I should take some months off. She said she didn't think it would heal any faster if I didn't run. What she recommended is after the race take off one week totally, do two weeks of cross training only, and then resume running. However, she said to avoid hills and incline on the treadmill, and don't push speed until healed. I am to use the foam roller daily.
So I expect to run the Mayfaire 5K, but I don't expect a stellar performance. But to be able to run is a great joy. And even taking off a few days has helped me to appreciate it even more!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I've accomplished several tasks that I probably would not have gotten finished had I done my usually run yesterday and all my training this week. For Christmas I was given a big collage frame that holds 25 pictures. Yesterday I got it all the way I wanted and hubby helped hang it! Feels good to get that done.
Another project I started on is cleaning out our 38 gallon aquarium. For several years we had beautiful fish and really enjoyed them. Then our 10 gallon aquarium, which had been producing such a good supply of baby guppies that I was constantly looking for good homes for them, sprung a leak and we quickly had to get all our fish in one tank. Well, that upset the balance and the guppies seemed okay but would not reproduce in the big tank. Then things got worse and we had a big die off. One expert told DH that we had overcleaned the tank and killed off the good bacteria. Could be so, although he did make a sale of $15 for good bacteria. But we never used it. I was sad and in no mood to replace fish. It has been several years now and I think I would like some fish again. Got a start on the tank, but we need some new equipment before we really get into it again.
So I'm hoping when I try running tomorrow eve that my muscles will be well enough that I can embrace my training plan fully. We'll see.
I think this time of rest showed me that I do give up some things when I prioritize running and cross training. I'm hoping to have the discipline and planning skills to get more accomplished even after I'm back running four days a week, cycling one, and swimming one, keeping the grandkids 4-6 days per week, plus keeping house and cooking for DH and I, as well as cooking for extended family at least 3 meals a week. I want it all!!!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Decided with my coach to continue to rest (not run) until Monday evening when I'll run under her supervision. Although she said I could swim, my sinuses are acting up, too, so I think my activity for today will be housecleaning. My house needs it and it is one thing I can do right now that will help me feel better about my situation. Getting caught up with laundry is a great way to get ready to pick up the activity, too.
Talking about laundry, if you have never tried dryer balls, I highly recommend them. My daughter got me two several Christmases ago and then I bought 2 more at WalMart. The WM ones are a little stiffer and a little smaller, but the four of them together do a great job of drying with a minimum of wrinkles and static. I like drying without dryer sheets -- less expense and fewer chemicals.
So, I'm feeling more domestic today and less athletic. But I'm a fit old lady just taking a break before getting back to the track, road, and trails!!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I hate to say it, but I'm taking a day of rest. My training schedule has me cycling today, but I'm going to take a pass. Something is just not quite right with my left glute muscle. I'm feeling it now even when I'm not running. May have an issue with the left IT band, too. The IT band feels very sore when I'm using the foam roller, but it doesn't bother me when I'm running or at any other time.
The discomfort started back a couple weeks ago. I may have overdone the hill work. It isn't terrible. I could still exercise. But it isn't getting better fast, so I think a day or two of rest is in order. I don't like the word "injury." I'm thinking mild strain. Hoping a little rest will do it. Time will tell.
So on this day of rest, my focus will be on cleaning up the eating. Haven't done as well as I'd like the last 3 days, so this is the perfect time to weigh and measure proper portions, 100% track, and make very wise selections.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Last evening's Runners Unite for Boston event was moving, which I really did not mean as a pun. That hundreds and hundreds of people showed up for an event that had been publicized only for 48 hours is pretty amazing. People were so touched by the events of the Boston Marathon they wanted to do something, something. My nephew and I sure wanted to. So we ran. Some runners were sad. Some defiant. Some determined that running events will not change. We saw firefighters running in full gear. We saw more than one person running with a heavy American flag. We saw babies in jogging strollers and an old man running with a cane.
We are in this picture below, although I haven't actually found us yet:
We were proud to participate.
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