Yoga, running, fitness and life
Yoga, running, fitness and life
The time since I've been home from vacation (just about 6 weeks now), I've been using to build up my miles. Again. The vague lower back pain I'd been experiencing since about 2-3 weeks out from last October's marathon began to settle into a really specific place; the SI joint
What I learned when I saw my orthopedic doctor back in the first week of June: it's not my SI joint, but it's in that exact spot, on the right side.
He ordered an MRI that I dragged my feet on scheduling because as it happened, I started feeling better. The weekly mileage went up. Things were looking good for a nice start to marathon training.
And then last week it went to hell. I started experiencing sharper pains upon making certain movements like, standing up, turning around to pick something up... etc. I made the appointment for tomorrow am and the scan will include the right hip and lumbar spine. My physical therapist (he's a sports therapist), is now leaning towards herniated discs, maybe L5, S1.
Interestingly, I've been enjoying pain-free runs -- I even managed a brief (but successful) LT run on Wednesday. It's the rest of my day of moving about that's killing me. On an up side, the Advil is working. The downside, taking Advil continuously is a bad idea. Urgh.
Depending on how I feel tomorrow after the test (and after teaching a yoga class at 10am), I may/may not choose to squeeze in a few easy miles. Although, I can tell you, I'll be treating myself to a massage! They're rarely bad, often really - really - good, and not too expensive where I go. I'd been going for massages 3 weeks in a row after vacation and then stopped for the last 3 weeks. I'm thinking I need to start up again and see what happens.
If all goes well, I'll put in some more easy miles on Saturday am. Miles this week (so far): 19.5... I was aiming for 28-30. Fingers crossed I can still get them in!
Fridays are typically reserved for my long run. Today was the first double-digit mile run since March 31st when I ran 12 miles. Yikes.
However, it went well today. And as I like to do I made it a bunched run; 6 miles before work, 4 more miles at noon. It feels nice to put 10 miles in the books.
I've been reading (and hearing) a lot about really keeping easy miles easy. So today's run was stupidly slow at 11:45mm. My Run S.M.A.R.T. marathon plan from last year had my easy miles run at 11:38-12:48 pace. I think the closest I got was 11:30 pace - and that might have been because I was feeling tired and had to slow it down. We'll see the results either tomorrow for a brief recovery run (3-4 miles) or when I next do some speed work (Monday).
As it's been about a year since I updated the site, I'll have to fill in some blanks.
What happened to last year's marathon? The short answer: I ran it in October, the Steamtown Marathon. For a first marathon effort it went well! This is the Finish Line photo (More to come on that).
I ran a "recovery" half marathon in November, the Falling Leaves HM in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY. it was just "Ok". My body needed time off, so I only ran about 5 miles a week through the end of the year.
I built back up again and ran the NYC Half Marathon this past March (with a 2-min PR!), then a few weeks later I ran the Flushing Meadows Half Marathon in almost 95* weather. It did not go well.
I took time off, took a vacation out west with hubby and worked through some back pain (it's improving).
Yesterday I ran the Firecracker 5k on Governor's Island to celebrate July 4th. While the race was a bust, I had a blast with hubby when we rented some bikes and cruised the island for awhile.
Photo from "The Hill" on Governor's Island.
This is a really condensed update. Most recently, I've been building up the miles and will cap this week at about 26 miles. Official training for this year's TCS New York City Marathon begins in two weeks. In the meantime, I'm shaking off the cobwebs and beginning some speed work to get things going. My 16-week plan should be finalized in the next couple days.
Today's run was in bunches: 1.8 easy (like, 11:30 pace) miles to the gym, 3.5 miles on the treadmill (with 2x 1mi at 9:47 threshold pace w/1 min recovery), then another 1.8 easy miles back home. Total mileage today: 7.1