Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Training log - Week ending 4/6/2014

This week was 28 miles of running and 8,000 yards of swimming  -- training log is here. 

And... what the running gods give, they also taketh.    Early in the week, I experienced the highs of a good track workout that followed on the heels of a successful race.   Yay.  Cherry Blossom, my favorite rate of the year was on Sunday, and it was looking like I’d hold up for it.
And then the next day, both calves got tight – the left worse than the right – and so I cut my run short to be careful.  A previously scheduled massage on Wednesday didn’t quite take care of the issue, so I just swam on Thursday, and managed to get in for a dry needling session focused on my left hip and leg.  Ran easy on Friday, which felt fine, and but afterwards the right calf was tight.

(seriously – my body is one big game of whack-a-mole).

I managed to get in for a quick session of ART on my right hip and calf (stuff felt like it was referring downward).  And felt OK, but not 100%.  Crap.  Cherry Blossom was going to be perfect weather, so I decided to at least show up, and see how I felt during the warm-up. 

During the warm-up, I felt slightly stiff, but no pain anywhere, so decided to give it a shot, mentally prepping myself to withdraw if I felt any pain (my apologies to those whom I vented to on the starting line – I’ve realized in retrospect it wasn’t the most helpful thing to mention to you as you focused on your own races).   

First mile felt good, and I was really happy I gave the race a try.  But after that, my right heel started burning, and so I shut it down. It was the right choice.  But it really sucked.

Ah well.  Had I continued running, it would have made stuff much worse.  So I’m going to take 3-4 days off, and then see how I feel.


Monday:   In the morning, a yoga class and 3.5 miles easy running , plus upper body strengthwork.  Foam rolling at night.

Tuesday:  In the morning, injury rehab work and 9 miles running, including a track workout of 6x 800, (splits were 3:03, 2:57, 2:57, 2:55, 2:56, 2:54), followed by 2000 yards of easy swimming.  Foam rolling at night.

Wednesday:   Yoga, 3.5 miles easy (8:41 pace), and 2500 yards of swimming.  Massage at night.

Thursday:   Yoga and 2000 yards of easy swimming.  Dry needling of left calf in afternoon.  Foam rolling at night

Friday:  In the morning, 8 miles easy.  Foam rolling in the afternoon.

Saturday:   In the morning, 1500 yards of easy swimming, followed by ART on right calf.   Foam-rolling in the afternoon.

Sunday:   In the morning, 2 mile warm-up, and then the first two miles of Cherry Blossom (7:03, 6:43).  Sulking at night.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear about the latest pain, and that you weren't able to complete the Cherry Blossom race. I hear you about the "Whack-a-Mole" problem; I twisted my leg this morning and strained a tendon. Agh, what's next?

    Well, I'm sure I'll see you at the pool soon.