Welcome to week eight of my Shamrock Half Marathon Training Recap. Each week, I’ll share how my training went and what the week looked like. I’m doing this because: 1) I love reading about how other folks train and 2) it’s great for me to have a record of what I did each week. Also, honestly, it helps keep me accountable when I know I’ll be writing about it. I also post almost all of my runs on Instagram as well. I wrote about my thoughts on my training plan after one month here, if you want to check that out.
Monday: If you read my recap from last week, you may remember that my knee was hurting so bad on Sunday that I could barely walk. Well, because of that, I made an appointment for my PT for the following week and decided to take most of the week off running. It really pained me not to run but I knew it was the right thing to do. I hit up Pure Barre instead.
Tuesday: Rest day
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: Back to Pure Barre.
Friday: I ran! I started leading a Pure Barre run club and ran two easy miles and then took class. It felt great to get out there again!
Saturday: It was freezing cold but I wanted to attempt my long run since Friday’s run was successful. I taped my knee with KT Tape and hoped for the best. It went really well. My knee pain was definitely present, but not awful and as my knee loosened up during the run, it felt progressively better. I was starting to feel like myself again!
Sunday: Another freezing cold day and I did not really want to run (Sundays are always the hardest for me, motivation-wise) but got out there for three miles with Caitlin. My knee was stiff after Saturday’s run, which I was expecting. It felt much better by the end of the run.
Total mileage for the week: 15.69 miles
Total mileage for the year: 213.69 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 259.8 miles
I’m looking forward to getting back to normal this week, mileage wise. I am going to attempt my strength workout on Tuesday but if I’m unable to hit the paces, I’ll just get in the correct amount of mileage. Of course the rest of this week is contingent on a good report from the PT and my knee continuing to feel stronger. In all, I took five total days off running. I know it was the best thing for me, even though I hated it!
Have you ever had to stop running to nurse an injury?