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.