Cue the music!
Last Wednesday, I set the goal to run 13-16 miles this past week. Did I do it? Check it out:
Wednesday, 5/6: Rest.
Thursday, 5/7: 3.61 mile run with Aimee.
We ran a relatively unique route for us, so it was interesting. The route ended up being hillier than usual, leading us to run an average 10:24/mi. pace. It makes me think I’m actually getting slower the more I run.
What’s up with that?
Friday, 5/8: Rest…
…unless you consider driving 5 hours to Eugene, Oregon, to be exercise. It was tough work!
Saturday, 5/9: Rest.
Eh… I was supposed to run at the Oiselle meet-up shakeout run, but I was a late arrival due to my son and husband running the Eugene Marathon Duck Dash and 5K (respectively), so I missed the run.
I was still able to enjoy the meet-up, though.
Sunday, 5/10: 7.9 mile run (Eugene Marathon pacing).
I met my friend and fellow flockmate Marilyn right after the Mile 18 water station and ran with her to the finish. I paced/cheerleaded/distracted/annoyed Marilyn to the best of my abilities, but it was warm day and the race didn’t go as we’d planned. It happens. Marilyn did great, though–she ran all the way to the finish line and passed many pooped runners from Miles 18 to 26.2.
We ended up running an average 10:54/mi. pace for those last 7.9 miles. I decided to enter Hayward Field and cross the finish line because (1) I had paid for my bib and (2) I wanted to. I also decided to sprint after I stepped on the track and ended up running a 5:20 pace to the finish line. It was exhilarating but somewhat unwise, as my right knee started feeling a little tweaky after the race.
Monday, 5/11: Rest.
The area below my right knee felt even more sore on Monday morning, which is when I would normally have run 3-4 miles. I decided not to push it and took a rest day. I started to wonder if it wasn’t just unwise but plain idiotic to sprint the last 200 meters of the marathon.
Tuesday, 5/12: Rest. Again.
My knee still felt a little funny when I woke up in the morning but seemed to have resolved by Tuesday night, which is good because I have another Ruth session on Wednesday morning.
Total Mileage for the Week of 5/5/15-5/12/15: 11.51 miles.
I finished about 1.5 miles short of my weekly mileage goal, which isn’t terrible. I don’t regret resting on Monday and Tuesday because I think it would have been too much, too soon for whatever was going on in my right knee. Let’s hope the right knee tweak is gone for good, and that the rest of this week, month, and upcoming training cycle are tweak-free!
My goals for this coming week are to run 13-15 miles and be more consistent with performing my Myrtl routine. I noticed in some of the marathon photos that my knees are still knocking when I run, which is a tell-tale sign of weak hips. I need to work harder on strengthening my hips so I don’t get injured again.
What was your best workout this week? Did you race last weekend? Are Myrtls part of your exercise regimen?