Yoga, running, fitness and life
Yoga, running, fitness and life
I've got a little bit of a cutback going on this week, by about 5 miles or so. Got out both Sunday and Monday and even got to see my PT. The word on my post-tib tendon: it should be A-OK to run on for this Sunday's training HM in Prospect Park (Brooklyn). My guy gave me some exercises and it's been feeling good for running. Today saw an easy-paced 9.25 miles, albeit on a TM, but I'm feeling just fine.
Yesterday though, phew, my back was all fired up. The difference between yesterday and today is quite remarkable. I was in so much pain from the Bertolotti Syndrome that I was questioning whether or not I'd be able to run today. More and more I'm coming to the conclusion that I need to do LESS yoga. That's not great seeing as I'm a full-time yoga instructor, but there it is. Today, no yoga, just some general stretching and foam rolling and I'm almost good as new (almost).
Tomorrow's run is another easy one, about 5 miles. Looking to wrap up somewhere around 38-40 miles this week. Easy peasy.
Last Sunday kicked off the week strong; I ran the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon in Central Park. It was only part of my training, so it wasn't fast, but it went well.
The weather was just about perfect: Sunny skies, little wind, temps in the low 40's. However, I typically mess up these training runs... this particular run was too fast to be an effective LR, but not fast enough to be a strong HM pace. I like to run them for the variety in my training, and also (especially in Central Park) for the elevation change. The run included two turns on Harlem Hill and that's always challenging for me.
Lap 5 & Lap 9 are where Harlem Hill hit. Both times are respectable for the climb, particularly Lap 9... I'm pleased with that.
The running remained strong all week...it's been good.
Wednesday was a nice 10 mile tempo run with 6 miles run at MP... and then yesterday I ran 17.3 miles in 2 runs of 9.11 and 8.19. Unfortunately, I started feeling some off-and-on issues with my post-tib. Just this one spot right next to my ankle... I'd slow down, it would disappear...only to come back a mile or two later. I finished the last 2 miles at a solid MP - with no pain. But, I didn't get out to run today. After some thought, I decided to give the foot a little rest just in case. So like a good girl, I popped some Ibuprofen and have been icing the spot. Fingers crossed I can get in a few miles tomorrow morning.
Well, it's a good thing I still have another 3 months before marathon day. Getting in the miles has proven tough! The weather hasn't been cooperative (it snowed about a foot of snow last Thursday and temps were in the single digits for about a week!) and I've been relying on treadmills. Blech.
I know treadmill running isn't optimal, but I AM trying to get it done nonetheless. Last week I ran an 11 mile LR on the TM, yesterday I ran a 13 mile LR. I've been streaming Netflix so that keeps my mind off the time.
Next weekend is my first HM training run of the cycle. That'll be in Central Park, the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon. Fingers crossed the weather is reasonable (read: I really don't want to run in single digits or rain!).
As I said, my mileage is on the low side. It's been in the 30+mpw range, but it needs to climb into the high 40's-low 50's. Also, my back is giving me problems again. I had some flare-ups of the Bertolotti Syndrome and general low-back tension and ran for a massage after yesterday's LR. It's improved some today with the help of Advil and rolling out my TFL's using a lacrosse ball.
Back at it tomorrow for about 7-8 miles in the park.