Monday, May 11, 2009

It's Monday...and I couldn't be happier!

Well, i'm super pumped! After last sunday's long run, I finished feeling depressed as I knew my leg was bad enough that I needed to take the whole week off from running to see if that would help. I couldn't pinpoint the pain but I felt like it was IT band hip was sore and achy and it radiated down the side indicating IT issues. I also had a tight upper calf and that hurt around the side of my knee and also behind my knee.

I've not been good with recovery since Boston as for some reason I just always want to get back at it as soon as possible after a race. My own fault...lesson learned!! Anyhow, my body told me to bugger off and I finally did! I took 5 days off from running, did a bit of light crosstraining, some weights and some climbing...then saturday evening I went out with a friend for a 10km run...i felt awkward at first...not running in 5 days just felt so weird. I did have to stop halfway just to stretch out my hip and IT band as they were tight...but not painful...just needing a good stretch and a good session on the foam roller after.

Sunday I woke up with no pain wahoo! I knew I wanted to do at least 32km but more around the 35km range. Well it ended up being 38km!!! This was unplanned as I ended up taking some detours and reroutes in an area i've never run before. But it was fantastic and I finished with a big smile and a great feeling of satisfaction. nice to do a long run again virtually pain free. I think I just might be able to do my first 50km in 4 weeks afterall. We'll see how the Calgary half goes first...3 weeks till that race. I've got to try and work in some speedwork as I haven't done any since before Boston. I still think it'll be a great race and I'm really looking forward to it.

I'm such a happy girl when I can run! :)


  1. It's always such a great feeling when running makes you happy. Great job and I hope your training goes well for your first 50k.

  2. Woo hoo!!!! Yay for a pain free run!!

    By the way, congratulations on figuring out your first tri!

  3. 38k???!!!You should be running the Cal marathon NOT the half.You could probably go top ten women there!!!SERIOUSLY!!!
    Good to see you feeling better & uninjured.Enjoy the running!Later,Cam.

  4. Glad you took some time off. I'm the same way - I want to get back to 'my schedule.' Sometimes, the body has other ideas.

  5. 'ended up being 38km' holy hannah! i'm tired just reading that haha. glad to hear the leg is doing better. it can be so hard to take the time off, but in the end it's usually worth it. oh, and i have a miracle worker of an accupuncturist if ever you need one. she totally helped me with the IT issues i had. :)