This week, I’m back in the lovely North Carolina for a work meeting. I lived here for four years and loved it, but apparently forgot about how to manage my hair in Southern humidity. 🙂 I have very LARGE hair today. Ah well. I had some really fantabulous runs this week and like I mentioned Friday, felt like my lupus meds were kicking in enough that I could cut back on my naproxen. I’m grateful that the medication is kicking in – with less naproxen, I was definitely doing better than I was earlier this summer when this all started. However, I don’t think I’m quite ready to cut back. After two days of decreased doses, I started having knee and elbow pain again. Boo. Ah well, it’s still progress and I’m back on the twice daily naproxen, with hopes that I can try to wean it again in another month or so.
Monday My favorite workout on Monday is the mile I walked with Oliver from his doctor’s office (flu shot done!) to our local hibachi restaurant, where we were meeting Darrell for dinner. I just love that my kiddo likes to be active and will tell me that “walking is good for our muscles.” I also ran 3.1 miles later that night.
Tuesday I was nervous about this run and totally rocked it! It was a “strength” run, with intervals meant to be run 10 seconds below target race pace and a very limited recovery between the intervals. I’ve done a few of these so far and did okay with the 1 mile intervals, but had to take a brief walk break in the 1.5 mile intervals (just a few seconds, but disappointing nonetheless). This time, I nailed both 2 mile chunks at 11:06 pace without any walk breaks and even better, I felt like I could have done more! With a half mile warm up, 0.25 mile recovery and 1 mile cool down, I ended up with 5.75 miles for this run.
Wednesday Rest day, but thanks to my Lovely Ladies Losing It #LLLJedis streak challenge (30 minutes of exercise a day until the premiere of new Star Wars movie), I had to get some workout in. I did “Walk It Out” on the Wii with Darrell for a little over 30 minutes, which was tougher than I was expecting since Darrell only keeps the fast songs in the system!
Thursday Tempo run and thanks to rain, I was stuck doing this on the treadmill. I haven’t done any of these tempo runs, done at race pace per Hanson’s method, on the treadmill. I’ve been using these as real race simulation, with a 3 minute run and 30 second walk pattern that has nailed my sub-11:25 target every time so far. I had to look up the treadmill settings to do this pattern and hit that time (thank goodness for Google) and hit the treadmill to try it. I’m happy to say I came in under target for each mile and again felt like I could go on longer! I suspect part of the reason these two runs went so well is the fact that the treadmill is so much easier on my knees. I did 3 tempo miles, with 0.5 mile warm up and 1 mile cool down, for 4.5 total miles.
Friday 4 miles on the treadmill because it was raining when I woke up (flash-flooding kind of rain) and we had evening plans. I also got in a mile of walking with Oliver after the run. His preschool had a family movie night, where they projected Monsters Inc on a screen in the parking lot. I picked O up at the normal time and we walked up the hill to Chipotle for dinner before walking back down for the movie. I’m so proud of how well behaved my kiddo was at the movie! Lots of kids were up and running wild through the parking lot, but he stayed with us and wasn’t disruptive at all.
Saturday I set myself up for failure on Saturday’s long run (Saturday instead of the usual Sunday because I flew to NC Sunday). Because I was going out of town Sunday and Darrell & I had plans Saturday night, I really wanted to be sure I got some quality time in with O during the day Saturday. Rather than waking up early to run 11 miles and possibly missing the chance for breakfast with O, I decided I would wait for him to get up and go to breakfast with him. Good choice in the overall scheme of life, but I knew that meant I’d be stuck running on a brightly sunny afternoon with temps in the upper 70s/low 80s. I was okay with that and decided that rather than trying to run the middle 5 miles of the 11 at race pace (my original plan), I’d just finish the miles. What I didn’t anticipate was the affect a trip to the Pumpkin Patch would have on my legs:
I blame the heat, the already tired legs and the two days without my nightly naproxen for the outcome of this run. The first 5 miles went reasonably well but somewhere between mile 5 and 6, I suddenly got a sharp knee pain that actually had me limping. That has NEVER happened. I walked for a while, but it didn’t go away, so I decided to just walk home. I was limping enough that I considered calling Darrell to come get me! After about 10 minutes of walking, it was gone so like the stubborn runner I can be, I tried to run again. I was liberal with walk breaks, but got to mile 8 before it started again. Again, I walked and turned for home and again it stopped after 5-10 minutes. I decided to loop around and head home anyway, rather than pushing for 11 miles. I ultimately ended up with 10.66 miles, which was close enough for me. My knee didn’t hurt at all Saturday night, which is good. I’m hoping it was mostly the lack of the naproxen, since knee pain was one of the symptoms I started having when the other lupus things started.
Sunday I was up at 3 am for my flight. Ouch! I did discover a yummy new snack on the plane:
By the time I got through the airport stuff and the first afternoon session of my meeting, I had 7000+ steps when I gave up and hit my room at the end of the day. I confess: I was tempted to call that enough workout for the day, but I was supposed to do 3 miles for recovery from the long run. Given my knee pain on Saturday and how tired I was, I decided to walk the 3 miles rather than run them. I’m glad I got them in, along with some hotel room yoga, before bed.
I’ve got 3-4 miles on the plan for today and planning to try an easy run on the hotel treadmill to see how my knee feels. Fingers crossed!
One thing notably missing this week was strength training. Bad Jessica! I also haven’t been as good about foam rolling lately. I brought my Stick with me to North Carolina, so I’ll be sure to work on that more the next couple of nights since my lack of maintenance of legs may also be playing a role in my knee pain.
This week, my NSV has been how well my clothes are fitting again. I’m back down to my upper-170s range I was in at the beginning of the summer, which is good, but beyond that, I’m noticing that things that were snug earlier in the summer are fitting much better now. Yay for body composition changes!
My good deed was ordering from our baby sitter’s son’s school fundraiser flyer. I didn’t need any of that stuff, but know how hard (and annoying) it can be to round up people to participate in those things so your kid doesn’t end up empty handed.
This is the last tough week of training before taper time! I have 4 X 1 mile strength intervals tomorrow, another 3 mile tempo run and a 12 mile long run on deck. I’m also going to work on not letting the stress of networking at this meeting for poor little introverted me drive me to poor food choices on the road. 🙂
Anybody else get a little relieved when your bad run happens before race day? I confess, my other runs this week had gone well enough this week that I was actually getting a little worried at how easy things felt. I was worried I’d get lulled into lofty expectations that my body just may not be up to right now. I always prefer to get my “bad” run out of the way in training rather than race day. Nuts? Maybe 🙂