This week was 50 miles of running and 10,000 yards of swimming -- training log is here.
This week was a slight cutback week, at the recommendation of my PT. I saw him on Monday for a status update (plus some dry needling), and we were both happy with where I was. He did have one caution for me. Though I was feeling pretty confident after a few weeks of consistent albeit conservative training under my belt, he thought I was only at the halfway point. Basically, I've been out for so long that I really need to have racked up about 10-12 weeks without a major setback before he'll be comfortable that I'm out of the woods.
And to that point, since I had had several good weeks, he thought it made sense for me to take a week where I cut back on the pounding a bit instead of continuing to ramp up. I didn't need to skip workouts, and I could still race if I wanted to (though I decided I didn't feel like it). Just cut back my overall mileage and the duration of the long run for a week or so while increasing the cross training as a way to give my still healing tissues an extra chance to recover.
So that's what I tried to do, though looking at my total mileage for the week, I could have done a better job. *insert whistling icon here*. On Sunday, instead of doing a progressive long run I did an easy 10, followed by a swimming workout. Wednesday's normally a running day for me, but I decided to just swim that day instead (the facts that I had to be up in MD near a pool anyway and it was raining also factored into this choice).
I was supposed to do my first hill workout of the summer with my team on Tuesday (and my PT was actually very happy about this - he thought the uphill running would be good for me, as long as I focused on good form rather than speed and was careful on the downhills). But, my hammy ended up being a bit tight from Monday's dry needling, so I reluctantly decided to skip it. It's really funny how, even after all the injuries I've had the past year, it still takes a LOT of willpower (and a supportive teammate) to skip a workout when things don't feel right.