I wish I had kept this up as the week progressed but it has been a busy week so here I go trying to recall! As of last Friday, I had visited the PT and we decided a pinched nerve in my lower back was affecting my leg. Now I don't know if it is the whole story but I can say that concentrating on my lower back has been helping quite a bit.
Friday I did my strength conditioning workouts and did not run. The weather around here has not been cooperating nor has my time. Saturday was a planned birthday outing for a friend. I did not run that morning either, but just planned a day of fun. I was still limping around a bit on Saturday so I was glad I took the time off. Sunday was yet another day of no running. I did, however, get quite a bit of cleaning done over the weekend! This is something I haven't done in quite some time. I planned the family meals, finished my laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and shopped for groceries. Yay me!
Monday I finally got out there and ran. I did a flat 5 mile around both lakes. It was the first day I felt absolutely no pain or tightness in my leg until I started the run! My leg wasn't happy with me for a the first few yards but it warmed up. It was a hard, hot and humid run. The weather is just not cooperating for a comfortable run this past week. I was determined to just get back into the plan and go. I did it late evening and finished after dark. It was still hot and humid. I finished the run with my first real ice bath. I am not taking any chances!
Tuesday I woke up and did my 45 minute strength conditioning exercises. Then after work I did a kick boxing workout and went to yoga. It was so humid outside and was trying to just ease my leg back into running after not running for 4 days. I haven't done the kick boxing workout in years. I was actually surprised I could do it. It was the easiest I have ever done it but I sweat like crazy!
Wednesday I struggled to find decent weather to run and around 9:30 at night I headed to the lake for another hot and humid (just can't seem to escape it) 4 mile run. Now this was fun, no pain, no complaining from my leg at all. I attempted a fartlek run. Now I've done this type of thing before, but not with a name to it. I ran the first mile or so at my normal pace then I started pushing it aiming for a point to run to and trying to sprint. Now this was difficult since it was DARK. I really like my headlamp because I can really see but to be honest, running around the lake and through the woods, part of it in the dark, was scary. At my fastest sprint I ran a 7:26 min/mile. It wasn't for long but it was at around mile 2.5 which was right near the end of the stretch of woods. I'm thinking I just wanted to get out of there! I ended the night with another ice bath, again, preventative, I don't want more issues!
Thursday must have been the peak of the hot humid heat. The weather service issued a heat advisory and I just kept looking for the opportunity to run. My last opportunity was 6 pm before Yoga. I even compromised to run 2-2 mile runs, stopping at home between but by the time I was ready to run the heat index was still 104! I was begged not to go and gave in. I had a great yoga class that night and sweat like I never have before in an air conditioned studio! It was so hot, the studio could not cool off even at 7:30 at night. I guess I was glad I didn't run but I did miss it. :(
Today is Friday. I had set the alarm for 4:45 hoping to finally get in a decent run but no, of course I couldn't. Severe thunderstorm warnings and flood watch all morning. So I hit the doze and slept in. I think the severe heat and humidity has finally stormed away. I'm looking to do a 6 pm run in 80 degree weather with less humidity. I didn't want to run tonight, it's Friday. I hoped to just do my strength conditioning workouts and then relax but I need to run.
Tomorrow I have an early morning run planned with 3 other women. Now that should be interesting, last time I ran with someone it was my slowest pace of the season! Hopefully I learned some lessons and I can run without expending my energy talking too much.
So that's the week. What a disappointment! On a positive note my leg feels better and I can run without pain or tightness. I'm learning how to take ice baths, and next week is the race! I am excited about what's ahead! :)