I had a little hitch in my training this week as I tweaked my calf and took a couple of days off, but overall I finally feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things. I’m not dreading every run these days, and in fact I actually felt bad when I was missing my scheduled runs.
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Week 3: 1/9-1/15
Rest. (Was supposed to be a strength training day, but I have totally been failing at this.)
3 mile run (32:50)
4 mile run (45:27)
I was supposed to run 3 miles this day (and do some strength training, but you know how that’s going), but ended up working kind of late so decided to postpone it until Friday.
Aaaaand, then I didn’t make up my run.
6 mile run (71:00)
I originally set out to do this run on the treadmill because it was pretty cold outside. However, when we got down to the gym, there was only one available so I let Adam take it so he could watch the UConn game while running. The guys on the other two treadmills had just started, so I decided to go upstairs, change into cold weather gear, and head outside for a run. I told myself I just had to run one mile out, then could turn back around if I wanted to and do my 6 mile run the next day. Once I got to the 1 mile mark, I told myself I could get to 1.5, then turn around. Then that I could get to the 2 mile mark and turn around. I was still feeling good, so I just went to the 3 mile mark (which is the Washington Monument, BTW), then turned around. I ran the WHOLE thing. It was a little slower than I would have liked but it’s the farthest I’ve run in the new shoes and my legs felt pretty good.
Week 4: 1/16-1/22
Rest. (I’m starting to give up on the idea of doing any strength training this time around.)
3 mile run (36:04)
Although my legs felt pretty good after Sunday’s run, I think I must have overworked my muscles a bit, because I tweaked my left calf at work. See, we were moving offices this week, and apparently packing and moving lots of boxes while wearing heels was NOT a good idea. As soon as I started my run, I felt a sharp pain in my left calf. It wasn’t just the soreness and tightness I had been getting a few weeks earlier… it was definitely pain. I ended up walking a lot of this run.
Rest. (Still resting my calf, which continued to hurt all day.)
Adam suggested I wear his compression sleeve on his leg and see if that helped speed up the healing process. I was a little skeptical of this, but I figured it couldn’t hurt, so I wore it overnight.
My leg actually felt better in the morning, so I decided to wear the compression sleeve all day and again overnight to see if I might actually be able to get my long run in on Saturday.
7 miles (86:57)
I alternated between walking a quarter mile, then running a quarter mile, although I ran my quarter miles at a pretty good clip. But my leg felt just fine! I am amazed at how well the compression sleeve helped speed up my recovery. I guess I’ll have to buy a pair of my own.
Spinning. I didn’t love the instructor, but it was a decent workout. I picked up the new schedule and saw that my favorite spinning instructor is back and teaches Tuesdays at 6am and Thursdays at 7pm. I might see if I can fit some of those classes into my schedule.