7 weeks until JAX marathon
But you know what? The events of this week make me care less about any individual race and more about just being glad I can run at all. It may turn out that Tuesday’s accident won’t have much impact on my training cycle, but at this point I am not sure since I am definitely not totally feeling back to baseline again. Either way, I feel confident that eventually I will get there. Here is the most dramatic weekly workout report ever. I am also going to share a pic of my leg at the bottom – if you prefer to avoid, skip this post or don’t scroll down 🙂
M: 10 mi with group, 9:28/mi. I was super excited about 70F weather!
T: Speedwork day and it was even cooler – 60F!!!! This was such an awesome workout for me. 3 mi warmup @ 9:25/mi, then 3 x 4 minutes (0.54-0.55 mi) @ 7:10, 7:21, and 7:12/mi with 3 min jog between each. Then, 8 x 1 min @ 6:38 – 7:05/mi. Overall it was 9.18 mi @ 8:53/mi average. I was so excited about my progress. I followed it up with 20 min strength for runners + 10 min barre, and then this happened.
W: REST for obvious reasons
S: Woke up in less pain and ran 4.18 mi @ 9:47/mi average. This wasn’t a comfortable experience but it just felt like superficial bruises being pounded (ie unpleasant but not unbearable).
S: 7 mi @ 10:15/mi average – honestly felt a little more painful, probably because the day before I had some NSAIDS/acetominophen still on board. Still superficial/soft tissue pain. I also had more back muscle pain that made taking deep breaths in feel more difficult. SOOO, not 100% back – maybe like 60%. Hopefully things will continue to improve.
So there we have it. 30 miles / strength x 1 / a major setback, but one I am grateful wasn’t worse. Hoping for an even more positive report next week but will try not to rush.