MONDAY: 5 miles at 8:00 pace or faster. I ran a pretty flat course and was able to finish in 38:24. I felt really good. It was nice because I still wasn't going 100%. It was the start of the confidence booster I needed.
TUESDAY: Speed Workout: 4 mile fartleks. The course I did was pretty flat except for 1 big hill. I used the telephone poles as my markers, and would go about 90% full speed for one set then jog for the next set. Once again I finished feeling really good.
WEDNESDAY: Rest Day: I had all intentions of running this day, but I had to go with Amanda and look at a house we were interested in. Looking at the house was great, but I recieved a call from Stephanie who was on her to Boston and would be passing through the Burgh. She needed to get in a 40 minute run. Stephanie is a person who inspires me and I really wanted to finay meet her, but it just wasn't going to happen. I did give her directions to the riverfront trail so she could run on it and see our beautiful city. Please make sure to wish Stephanie luck while she runs Boston tomorrow. Her Twitter handle is @IRun4MyCrazy.
THURSDAY: I set out of a 6 mile run while there was a brief break in the rain. I had it all figured out I would run a new course and listen to music in hopes to shake up the training. I thought maybe a good run where my mind wasn't all over the place would help get me out of my mental funk. As soon as I started I knew something didn't feel right in my right calf muscle. It felt very tight, but I just figured it would loosen up as I ran. Two mile in and it was still tight. On the third mile coming up a hill I felt the muscle get real tight and it brought me to a sudden stop. Luckily I was only 1 mile away from my car and was able to walk back. When I say walk it was more of a painful limp. This was not the confidence booster I needed. When I got home I checked and didn't see any bruising on my leg, so I foam rolled it and threw my compression socks on for the night.
FRIDAY: With my leg still sore and a half marathon the next day I decided to skip running. It kind of worked out since I was going to the Pirate game that night. One week in and I still hadn't been to a game with our season tickets.
SATURDAY: The Boston Trail Half Marathon: (Review on Thursday) I woke up earlier than normal so I could roll my calf muscle before I left. I still wasn't even sure if I was going to be able to run the race. I got there early so I could pick up my packet and start stretching. I ran into some SCRR members and we were going over the course and discussing strategies. After getting a group photo I went out for a short run to see how the leg felt. It was still sore but I felt I could give it a go. I lined up just before the 2 hour pace group. As I started I felt strong and soon found myself in front of the 1:55 pace group. About mile 4 is when I realized my leg was not getting any better and the pain was getting worse. I made the decision to slow down and not risk injury before Pittsburgh. I took small strides and ran a smart race for the remainder and finished in 2:04. Normally this would be a let down with that time, but actually it was a confidence booster and just what I needed to get out of my mental funk. I didn't give up. I fought through the pain and ran a smart race. Now that it is taper time I will take the next 2 weeks to ice down the leg and get it back to normal for RaceDay.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE RUNNING BOSTON TOMORROW!!!!
How did your week go?
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