Monday, February 9, 2009
All things weekend related...
So last Friday, finally feeling a little better I managed to get out a better run at lunch than I had in a while. Not much better, but better. Initially I had planned another 2-a-day with swimming after work, but after an epic-ly yucky day at work I opted for a lil retail therapy instead. Don't judge...
Saturday was the planned "long" run of the week. I use the term long loosely here as really 6 miles is not long. Not by a long shot. As me and the running buddy headed out for a run we had decided to do only 5 as I was still on the mend. Around the 2.1 mile marker the running buddy decided to cash in his chips and stretch while I did the next ~.4miles. Welllllll, as I continued on on my own, I suddenly felt like what the hey, why stop at 2.5 miles when I can do 3? So kept running I did. I made it to the new 1/2 way point and turned around still feeling pretty a-ok. However, as is the nature of all things Katie, by the time I had picked up the running buddy on the way back I was starting to regret that extra mile. Within a mile from home I was starting to bonk. Guess I still wasn't feeling too great. We finished out the run, and while the time wasn't stellar, it wasn't too far off. The run was followed by some serious stretching and a whole lot o' icing of the knee.
Sunday was a pretty low key day. Lots of R&R, elevating and icing of the knee. Late in the afternoon I headed out for a swim. Nothing long or impressive, just a little pool time followed by a little hot tub soakin'.
So today, Monday, mid-day I left my cubicle and the stress of work for another work day run.Wait, back up. I must give credit where credit is due. I got to work to realize that I had packed my running bag and gear....only to forget my running shoes by the back door. Grumble! After a few pitiful pleading text messages the running buddy was convinced to pick up my shoes and bring them to work (on a day he didn't need or plan to come in to the office no less). What a guy! The running buddy saved the run! Woo Woo!! Anywho, having laid low the day before I was feeling well rested and ready for a push. So I headed out on my usual 3.34m loop (and yes the .34 is important, every tenth of a mile matters) I decided to see what I had in me. And you know what I found out? I had a PR in me!!! That's right, for the first time in YEARS I averaged an 8 1/2 mile for a 5k. That hasn't happened since, well, a loooooong time. I was super stoked! Go me!!
So that's my training story for the past few days. There's going to more rest, ice, and training to come this week.