This week was 38 miles of running, 2 hours on the arc-trainer and 14,000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
Still moving forward. This week I started to test things a bit more, by a) running 2 days in a row; b) adding some gentle hills at easy pace, and c) adding some faster running. I handled the first two pretty well, but the faster running on Friday did leave my hamstring a bit tender. However, I suspect that the tightness had less to do with the pace of the running and more to do with the very cold temperatures that morning (temps in the low teens). Similarly, my hamstring didn’t feel great after Sunday’s run, where the first two and last two miles were on mostly ice – but I suspect that was more the ice (and associated slipping than the hamstring. Especially since the hamstring felt fine the first few miles.
Duly noted – while continuing to rehab this thing, I have to be a bit more careful than I normally would be about weather conditions. Fortunately, the hamstring felt fine during my rehab exercises on Monday morning, so I don’t think Sunday set it back too much. We are supposed to get a decently bad cold snap the first part of this week, so I'll probably end up staying inside to be safe. It's a bit disappointing - I was really looking forward to doing a hill workout this week. But hills+very cold temps+healing hamstring is just too high risk.
This upcoming week will be more running, which means less swimming. In a way, I’m sad to see the swimming get cut back – now that I’ve gotten to the point where flip turns are natural, I enjoy it. But I enjoy running a lot more.