Today I had the best run I’ve had in six weeks. It looked like this:
When last I blogged, I was having a pretty tough start to the year. It was probably the poor leadership of President Taft. He really bums me out.
I haven’t blogged in a long time. Get it? HAR HAR. Thanks for still reading.
Last weekend was the Oakland Running Festival. For the second year in a row, I was injured out of the half marathon. Many factors contributed to the minor knee/ITB injury that sidelined me but inconsistent training was primarily my downfall. Turns out you can’t skip midweek runs and then just jump into the long runs and not expect to get stranded halfway through a nine-miler. True story. Shitty story. Doubly-sadly, my wonderful stepbrother and stepsisterinlaw were also injured. They already had travel arrangements to come down from Seattle so we made the best of it and spent some great quality time together. The morning of the race, we took a long walk along the shoreline and ate a big ole Mexican brunch. It was wonderful.
Though it was disappointing not to race (especially when we went to the expo to pick up our shirts. UGH.) it was so lovely to be together and talk about future races. I can’t wait to have a bagillion dollars to build FamilyCompound so we can all hang out and train together every day! That’s not creepy at all, right? Phew.
I carboloaded for our family walk with that little donut and many, many more.
So, this injury. It’s really minor but the last thing I want is to exacerbate it. It first showed up at literally mile 4.5 of a 9 mile run. THAT was a long walk home. I basically felt tension and vibration all the way down the right side of my leg and major instability under my kneecap. Once that initial intensity wore off, what I can only describe as knee “heat” (swelling?) remained. After several days off, I’ve been doing run/walk intervals until I feel any sensation. I’m very slowly building back up to continuous mileage on the treadmill and other soft surfaces. I’ve also been foam rolling every day and lingering over the knots in my quads to the point of tears. I’m getting better and I’m pretty sure that’s why.
Today I ran outside for the first time in probably a month. I went to my beloved Lake Merritt with the intention of running only the soft surfaces. After a lovely walking warmup, I began to run. I felt like I was let out of jail. I had no intention of pushing it but as I trotted along “easily”, I looked down and saw low 9’s on my Garmin.
I have no business running those paces but I felt absolutely fantastic so I just enjoyed it. Who knows what will feel easy next time but I couldn’t care less as long as I keep improving and stay strong.
I wonder why it was so easy? Maybe it’s all the SWIMMING AND CYCLING I’VE BEEN DOING!
How are you doing? DNS any races lately? Eat any adorable donuts?