I love the first day of tapering – no anxiety or race nerves, just the blissful joy of no more two hour runs for a couple of weeks. 🙂 It came at just the right time too because the knee that bothered me on last week’s 11 miler acted up again yesterday during my 12 miler. Boo. Even worse, it was still sore this morning, which is concerning. Fingers crossed that it settles down this week! In the meantime, I’ll look into KT tape of a knee. I have KT tape but have never needed to use it before. This is the first time I’ve had any kind of knee issue. It’s hard to know what is the lupus and what is running related, because my hands and elbows are a little flared too. I’m definitely planning to run the Des Moines half marathon in two weeks, but am going to think long and hard about a safe goal. Regardless of how the race goes, I’m really proud of myself for sticking with the training, especially a training plan this intense, in the midst of the new lupus diagnosis. My fall races are definitely a celebration of that stick-to-it-ness more than anything else and it’s definitely a worth celebrating!
Monday 3 miles on the hotel treadmill, with no real knee pain to speak of – very exciting after Saturday’s unpleasant run!
Tuesday I nailed 4 X 1 strength intervals (11:06 pace, 0.25 mile recovery) on the hotel treadmill. These strength workouts are tough, but feel great to get through!
Wednesday Rest day, but I did two 15-minute walks through the airport in Raleigh and in Chicago to get some movement in for the day.
Thursday I was so pooped from traveling that I didn’t wake up early enough for my tempo run. Instead, I switched Thursday and Friday’s planned workouts and did 3 easy miles on the road in the dark. Still no knee pain even though I was back on pavement, which was a relief.
Friday I confess I did my tempo run on the treadmill a little bit to cushion my knee, but mostly to finish the book I’ve been reading. 🙂 I did 0.5 mile warm up, 3 miles at sub-11:20 pace and then 1 mile to cool down. I have loved these tempo runs and seeing that I really can maintain this pace for a while, which I haven’t tried in previous training cycles.
Saturday An easy 4-5 miles on the schedule and I decided to head out to the hilly neighborhood of horse farms across the road from my neighborhood. I even did a little running on the trail! The hills were interesting and new scenery is always fun, so it was a good little Saturday afternoon run all around.
Sunday I ended up running in the afternoon because my stomach was a little off in the morning, with a plan for 12 miles and the middle 4 at race pace. Things went well to start with, including the race pace at miles 4-8 (all below 11:30). At mile 9-ish, I ran down a gravel hill I don’t normally take and I suspect that’s the reason my knee started hurting again at mile 10-ish. It slowed mile 10 by quite a bit, but I wasn’t brought to as much of a stop as I had been the weekend before and I was able to finish out the last mile relatively strongly. The more concerning thing for me is how sore my knee still is this morning. It’s gotten better as the morning has gone on, but I’m going to need to be gentle with it.
Throughout the week, I foam rolled or used the stick every day. I also did planks, clamshells and bridges to try to get back on a little strength training to support things. Tapering has come at a good time. I’m glad that I’ve gotten through this training cycle relatively intact and proud of myself for taking this on!
My good deed this week is paying way too much for baked goods and games, etc at Oliver’s Fall Festival this weekend. It’s all for a good cause, right? I’m grateful for friends who pass on cool new toys:
My NSV is wearing the same skirt to give my lecture in North Carolina this week that I wore when I went out there to speak two years ago. I may have regained a little weight, but my body is essentially the same, which is nice. Even better, I’m proud of myself for not obsessing about food and calories while I was traveling (or while we were celebrating our anniversary this weekend). I made the best choices I could and indulged only when it was truly worthy (i.e. creme brulee and a glass of wine at my anniversary dinner). I stuck to small portions of the richer foods and enjoyed every bite. Yay for balance!
This week, I have short runs and one more tempo run. I have to think about good choices to fuel my muscles smartly. I also apparently have to plan a Magic Mike XXL viewing party at my house for a bunch of ladies at work, which should be an adventure.