I can’t explain how happy I am about this week. I finally feel back on track after what was February then my not-so-great half marathon recovery. I had 4 really great runs this week, my hip pain is almost gone with my stretching routine, and my ITB pain is slowly improving.
Monday: 5.14 miles – I was getting some more blisters about 2 miles in, so I switched sneakers and that seemed to help. I figured it out that I was wearing size medium socks and they were simply too big. This was easily my best run since the race and I felt really great about it. Hip stretches + rolling with “the stick”.
Tuesday: Zumba class (1 hr), yoga/pilates class (1 hr). Hip stretches, rolled, and rolled my feet.
Wednesday: 3.1 miles – We had a nice spring afternoon so I may have ducked out of my internship a little early to enjoy it. No shame. Hip stretches and rolling with “the stick”.
Thursday: 4 miles – 4×400 @ goal 5K pace, 1 mi WU + CD. This was my first speed workout since February 10th, and dang did it feel good! My left hip bothered me a little bit (likely related to my ITB issues) but it wasn’t horrible and I was able to get it done. Hip stretches and rolled ITBs.
Saturday: 8 miles. This was a physically easy run, but was hard mentally in the second half. My 4th mile (all uphill) was a minute slower than it was the last time I ran this route and it really got to me. I ended up walking three times in the last 4 miles. I haven’t walked during a run in almost two months. Obviously I’m not happy with it. BUT I’m happy my hip felt fine and ITB was probably a 3/10 pain-wise despite a downhill mile 5.
Sunday: Rest, hip stretches and rolling with “the stick”.
Weekly miles: 20.24! I was aiming for 18 this week so I am thrilled. I haven’t hit 20 miles/week since early July. This time last year when I was holding steady around 23 mi/week I felt great and ran two great half marathons. At this time my ITB issues dissipated and I really felt like a runner. I’m hopeful that I can gradually improve on keeping my weekly mileage here, and hopefully to where I’m consistently averaging 25/week.
I can’t believe my next half marathon is already 12 days away. I’m ready to hit the ground hard this week then have an easy week to hopefully have a shot at a PR (or close to it) in Burlington!
Today I’m linking up with Tricia at Miss Sippy PiddlinMisssippi Pidlin and Holly at HoHo Runs for the Weekly Wrap, and Megan at Run Megan Run for the Weekly Workout Recap. Head over to their pages to check out some other great posts! Thanks for hosting, Ladies!