Monday: Monday was scheduled for a tempo workout, which I combined with the missed speed workout from the previous week. I did these on the trainer since it was already dark by the time I had a chance to train that day. I made sure to push hard on the tempo and speed intervals and felt really good! They were tough to complete, but I forced myself to maintain the intensity and not drop off at the end. By the time I was done, I had completed 16 miles in 53 minutes, which ends up being an 18.1 mph average pace! A marked improvement from previous trainer workouts!
Tuesday: Rest day! Not only did I have a minor medical thing done in the morning that requires 24 hours of no exercise, Tuesday was also caucus day here in Colorado.
Oh. My. God. It was INSANE.
I waited in line for an hour and a half. The line wrapped around the school and athletic fields and onto the track. By the time everyone made it inside, precincts had already voted and we missed the whole thing. We were PISSED. Fortunately, my precinct captains tallied the latecomers votes as well, and added them in. But MAN, that was some horribly run caucusing. Even if I had been able to train, I wouldn’t have made it home or to the gym in time. By the time I got home it was late and I was totally wiped out.
Wednesday: Speed day! My boyfriend and I went over to the indoor track later in the evening so I could get my speed workout in while he played some basketball. (I do not partake, as I hardcore suck at basketball.) I busted my butt for the speed intervals, which got shorter with each round. Somewhere around the middle of the workout, I felt my right hamstring start to get a little tight and uncomfortable. I must have tweaked it at some point earlier in the workout. I managed to finish the intervals, but cut the cool down a little short because by that time, my leg was rather bothersome. Instead, I worked on stretching it out before we headed home. Overall, it was a good workout, and I got the key stuff done, so I was happy with that.
Thursday – Saturday: I had intended to get some runs in these days, but my hamstring continued to plague me whenever I would walk, climb stairs, or really, exist. So I gave myself a couple days to let whatever I did to it go away, and tried to stretch and roll it out as best I could. This proved to be tricky, since it was more my upper hamstring/groin area. I had a hard time getting the foam roller to be effective, but I did the best I could.
Sunday: My guy, my pup, Molly, and I all headed out for a fun afternoon trail run down on the Flatirons Vista trail in South Boulder – one of our favorites. The boys sprinted on ahead – positively bounding down the trail – while Molly and I made our way along behind them. This was not my day. No matter what I did, everything felt like it took 1000 times more effort than it should. I felt like I was positively busting my ass the entire time, and moving so slowly. I was getting super pissed at myself, and fortunately, Molly knows how this goes, so she let me just bitch to myself for a while and vent it out.
Once we were on the long final downhill on our way back to the car, I started to get a bit more rational. Looking at things objectively:
- My hamstring felt okay.
- I ran all the uphills, which I never do. Ever. Even the really long ones!
- My overall pace was 11:35/mi. This is a huge trail pace PB for me. I am usually thrilled if I am in the 12s. And today I was sub-12. By a decent margin. And that included stopping for puppy poop breaks. And the occasional brief walk break.
By the time we reached the car, I had cheered up quite a bit. Yes, I felt like pure crap the entire run, but maybe that’s because I was pushing myself harder than I have in the past?
What worked well this week: I don’t think anything worked particularly well… but I’m really proud of my crappy/not crappy run on Sunday.
What I struggled with: Minor hamstring injury. But hopefully I’ve got that under control now.
What I will do to improve next week: Lots of stretching! Also, more time on trails. I’ve been doing my speedwork indoors since that’s much easier for intervals. But I think all my other runs really need to be on the trails. I feel like that might have also played into my crappy feeling on Sunday.
Total weekly mileage: Not as much as I hoped.