Well, there's no way to sugar coat this week. It SUCKED! Other than the awesome Hot Dash 10 Mile on Saturday, everything else was pretty much awful.
Week 5 of training I pushed myself hard in my workouts. Unfortunately, I think that I injured my upper quad muscle during my sprints and tempo run. Therefore, this week my training was next to nothing! *sigh
I am feeling all sorts of emotions about it. It's funny how your mind and body miss routine and OH LORD... how I miss routine. I don't feel complete when I'm not running.
I feel guilty for not running. I feel guilty FOR running. I feel guilty for sleeping in and not doing "other" workouts. I feel totally pissed off that I'm the one that's injured and no-one else. I realize that is completely ridiculous, I know others are dealing with injuries too. Just emotion. You know?
I feel like I'm letting my girls down. I feel like I'm letting my trainer down. I feel like - "hey, it's ok... I have 90 days until Grandma's" - I'll be fine. I try not to hold on to one emotion for too long or it drives me crazy.
I knew something was wrong when on Monday morning's run it took me a good 1/4 mile to warm up. I started with a bit of a limp or hitch in my step on my run and knew that something wasn't quite right. It happened to be hill repeat day and during the uphill, my quad felt pretty good. It really wasn't an awful run. It was warm and a bit rainy - I will take anything besides snow! :) I was happy with the end result of the run. However, afterwards I was pretty sore the rest of the day. Coach Susan ordered a few days off!
Day TWO & THREE:
No working out. I will say the sleeping in was amazing!
Stopped at the gym for some weights - and silly me HAD to jump on the treadmill. God for bid I give myself a bit more time to recover. 3 easy miles on the mill. Leg felt about the same post run as after Monday's workout.
Another rest day.
RACE DAY! Wahoo! I was supposed to have 15 miles on plan today - with 10 miles being race miles and 5 miles for the marathon miles. I decided a few days prior that I'd just run the race instead. The race was so much fun! I've already recapped on the blog - here's the link if you want to read all about it! :)
Long and short of it - I busted out after 3 slow miles. I just couldn't take it anymore, so I took off and paced about 8:20's the last 7 miles. It felt awesome!
Today as I write this I'm nursing general leg soreness, which is OK. I feel my quad... more sore walking up steps which I find sort of weird. It was cold and damp on the run, so my muscles are sore pretty much all over. I've popped quite a few Ibuprofen already today to ease the discomfort and I'm contemplating my week 7 of training. My heart says just run and run slow - maybe take out sprints and tempo and just run. My head is telling me different. What do I do? I don't want to injure myself into a difficult recovery. I feel like this quad "pain-in-my-ass" will go away fairly quickly if I just rest. Maybe a week? But it will kill me.
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