If you’re just tuning in, things on the running side have been kind of slow, actually non-existent compared to the previous couple of months. ITBS is something I’ve dealt with before so to say I was being cautious is an understatement. If HAVE to be ready to start training for the Pittsburgh Marathon in January, no exceptions. Despite the fact that I couldn’t run (much), I still had plenty of activity this past week. I hardly doubt it was enough to cover the amount of food and wine I consumed over the long weekend though. Wednesday I took off to prepare for Thanksgiving the next day but was still up by 6:00am. I decided to head to the gym, did some strength training and got on an elliptical for a little over 21 minutes. I would really love to know how they calculate the miles covered on those things because it says that I went a little over 6 miles. Really? I’m not particularly fond of the elliptical, but I need to do something if I can’t run (much), so it fills in nicely.
I really wanted to run the Turkey Trot this year, but wasn’t in any condition to race. I still managed to get to the gym before I had to start cooking and again, started on the elliptical. I was on there for about 15 minutes and couldn’t take it anymore. I hopped on the treadmill and decided to run 2 miles, which turned into 3. It was the farthest I had run in over a week and was pleased that I didn’t end up in pain.
Thanksgiving dinner turned out perfectly and I think I already mentioned that I wasn’t shy about eating and drinking my fill.
Friday morning was another early morning. Rich and I took a drive up to Seven Springs for the opening day of skiing. I was anxious to try out my new Blizzard Black Pearl rockers and they didn’t disappoint. I was a little rusty the first few times down the hill, but quickly picked up where I left off last February. We didn’t ski for very long since there weren’t that many lifts open, but it was enough to get started for the year. Hoping for more snow!
Saturday, Madison decided she wanted to join me at hot yoga (Yoga Flow) down in Shadyside. She tried it a few years ago and wasn’t that keen on it, mostly because of the heat…hmmm. She did good though, for someone who’s only tried it twice. She also talked me into lunch afterwards at Mercurio’s which was delicious!
Finally, we come to today. Today was the first time I ran outside in a while. I make it sound like it’s been months. It’s been 2 weeks, I guess, which is a long time for me. I was a little nervous. Even though I was on the treadmill Thursday morning and felt okay, running outside is a little rougher on the joints and muscles, so I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. I decided to pick a route with no hills and settled on running 5 miles. The first two miles I felt so out of shape. I can’t believe how quickly the fitness level drops. Mile one was slow at 9:24 but the pace dropped each mile and I finished mile 5 at an 8:46. I ran pain free which was a great feeling.
I still have some tenderness when I touch the knee in spots, but for the most part, I felt good. By no means would I say I’m completely “back”, but I’m feeling hopeful that I am headed in the right direction.
I’ll continue to keep the miles low this week, stay off the hills for now, and plan on making an appointment for a sports massage to release some of the tension in the legs.
It was a busy holiday weekend, but I feel like I made the most of it, kept busy and will sleep good tonight
Back to work tomorrow.
Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.