This past week seemed to fly by, and here we are with another Marathon Monday recap of my training for Boston. Fortunately the niggle I was having has stayed at bay, unfortunately something else has popped up, more about that later. Here is a break down of my runs:
Total Mileage: 46
Monday – 7 trail miles. I had the day off work, so I was able to go run a little later than the usual 5:30am. I decided to take my 4 legged running buddy and do some trail running. It was nice to be outside on a beautiful crisp morning and all was going well until mile 2 when my watch beeped and I looked down at it for just a split second, long enough for my foot to catch on a rock and the next thing I knew I was falling in slow motion and ended up face planting in the dirt. I popped back up to assess the damage, mostly concerned about my new Brooks running pants that I was wearing. Fortunately, nothing ripped and I wasn’t really hurt at all, other than a little scratched up on my chin. I’m still not sure how my chin took the brunt of the fall, I don’t know why my arms weren’t protecting me when I went down! Luckily no one was around to see the embarrassment except for Maverick, and he has been sworn to secrecy.
Tuesday – 9 miles total on the treadmill with speed work. My plan called for a ladder of 400-800-1200-1600-1200-800-400. It was tough, but I hit all my paces and felt great after.
Wednesday – a much need day of rest, I did absolutely nothing, yet my calves started to feel really sore and tight.
Thursday – 9 miles outside. Thursday was a return of the marathon paced run. I attempted this run last week and had a miserable go of it and was not able to complete it, so I went into Thursday’s run with much apprehension. I wanted to do the run outside instead of on the treadmill because I know I have been depending on the mill too much lately. I find hitting my paces MUCH easier inside on the treadmill and I know that this is not going to adequately prepare me for Boston, so I’m going to push myself to do as many runs as possible outside the next few months. With it getting a little warmer and slowly getting a little lighter early in the mornings this should be more doable. Anyway, I was able to do 7 miles at marathon pace, and while it was challenging, it felt great to accomplish this. The calves were feeling tight during this run, so I added in some extra stretching and foam rolling.
Friday – 7 mile treadmill recovery run. Nice and easy, yet my calves were talking to me, yep this is a precursor of things to come.
Saturday – 14 miles outside. Going into this run my calves had been really sore and tight, so I had been doing extra foam rolling and using the stick on them to loosen them up. They were tight on the start of the run, but I figured they would warm up as I went along. I was running about a minute slower than marathon pace, so nothing too difficult. Unfortunately, they never really warmed up, and after I finished the run, my right calf seized up and became painful to walk on. I am pretty sure I crossed that line of knowing when to stop running or risk some damage.
Sunday – no running, due to the above. Swam and aqua jogged with 2 of my running buddies that are injured. It’s good to have supportive friends, I just wished we were all out running on the trails instead of trying to figure out this aqua jogging thing!
What started out as a great week of running definitely ended on a downer, but I’m going to do all that I can to heal up and not have this turn into a major injury.
Anyone dealt with calf issues before? How about some tips on knowing when to stop running so that a niggle doesn’t turn into something more?