|The little arrow is to show you where I experience the pain|
Speed work is rough stuff. A lot of folks warned me speed work is how runners get injured. I only half believed it, until now. In the past I've accomplished some decent runs (fast for me lol) and recovered fairly quick, but I've never pushed training this much.
Overall I have cut my mileage back and I guess I thought it would balance out, but not so much. I am making gains trying to break new thresholds each week, but I am also experiencing a little nauseous wave each time I bend my knee tonight.
|I've done physical therapy for several months (in the past) for this band on the inside of my knee and made little progress. I have been fortunate I've been able to adjust to running.|
The last time I blogged (last weekend) I had just finished my slow nine mile run. I woke up Sunday surprisingly sore. Over the past five months I have rarely experienced real soreness or pain after a run. I have had bouts of tired legs, lead legs, feeling fatigued, but rarely actual pain. Sunday I had enough to make me wince. I stretched and tried to go run a slow mile. It hurt, so I walked and started to feel loosened up. I tried again...one more mile...right knee hurting all the way...so I bagged it. Home to ice.
Monday no pain at all, but I still felt a little tired. Run buddy and I are doing the 10K together so we wanted to do a four mile progression run outside after I got off work because it was such a nice day.
So off we went. I was struggling to keep pace so I stopped at a 5K, 28:26 one of my speediest, but I still felt like a flop because I couldn't make it to 4 miles. I just kind of melted down and stopped. This really messed with my head and I started feeling discouraged, worrying that cutting back my mileage I was losing my endurance, etc...
Tuesday I rested...but those little nagging worries about endurance, failure, etc... kept at me.
So Wednesday I ran outside and decided I needed to run my best effort without completely exhausting myself. It worked thankfully :) and it's funny what a difference 20 seconds makes!
I walked for a minute and ran two miles home more relaxed.
My doubt faded after I got this done and Thursday I was back at the gym doing a 5K progression run (maybe I should have skipped this).
9:22 x 2 8:57 bumped to 8:34 for .30
Fast forward to Friday morning, I woke up feeling stiff and shortly after I arrived at work I started aching...bad...on my left knee this time and I couldn't bend it at all.
So here I sit - icing hoping to be able to long run this weekend.
I am not a fan of feeling pain, stiffness, or icing. Truthfully after I run this 10K (heaven help me if I don't PR) I will be glad to go back to running a more relaxed pace and feeling great (hopefully :/) after a run.
I have run a few events where I totally had runner's envy...my first 10K 1:22:41 all I could think was, "How did folks get this done in under an hour."
A year later, 1:01:40 but I still want to be in that under an hour group (just once). I do feel really good about hitting some PR's that I believed were unattainable for me a few short months ago, but truthfully after this experience I think I will be okay to just enjoy the run. I am 47 and really need to take care of my joints. My life goal is to be running when I am really old :)
After this event, I do not plan to set a time goal for any more races this year. I made my 15K goal...just barely...but I did shave 2 minutes off my best recorded time.
My running schedule:
Jan. 19th - 15K 1:29:54
March 29th - 10K
April 6th - 5K Team Soup Run (Campbell's run)
April 12th - 15K
May 10th - Glow Run
June 1st - 4 mi Trail Run
Nov. 15th - Richmond Half
Changing from intervals (once a week) to progression runs took me to a whole new level of fatigued.
How important are PR's to you? Thoughts on speed running causing injury? Am I just adjusting to a new threshold? I keep wondering if I will eventually start to feel more comfortable at this pace or should I bag it (after my race) before I get hurt?
|Sorry, I couldn't resist sharing Tweek (orange) and BooBoo|