Good News/Bad News

The good news – we have all been healthy for the last week (knock on wood!)!! The bad news – we moved from sickness to injuries.

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, my husband injured himself about 2 weeks ago. He was doing a tempo run early one morning and tripped on something. Before he even realized he’d tripped he was down on the ground, landing hard on both knees. He was in a lot of pain, his knee was hugely swollen, and he couldn’t bend his left knee. His MRI showed a partial tear to his Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) and unfortunately it looks like he may be out from running and golfing (his two biggest sports loves) for 3 months or more. It’s been a pretty frustrating experience trying to get in to see an orthopedist, but I’ll spare you my rantings. He finally goes in to the orthopedist tomorrow and I really hope that he gets good news in terms of his recovery time. While my husband’s is the most serious of the injuries, unfortunately it’s not the only one; which I’ll get to in my (spoiler alert) long run recap.

Weekly Recap: April 18 – 24

Monday: Rest -Marathon Monday!
Ahh, the weather. The weather on Monday was perfect weather for spectating – sunny and warm – and really tough weather to run a marathon in. We were cheering at mile 14, which normally people are still feeling good in the marathon at this point, but that was just not the case on Monday – although I did see a guy pull off the course, do a dozen burpees and then keep going, so apparently he felt fine. From the sub-3 hour group on there were a lot of people walking, stretching, grimacing and just generally looking in rough shape. Given that they still had 12.2 miles and the Newton hills to go, I knew it was going to be a long day for a lot of the runners. I missed most of the runners we were tracking, but I did spot a few of the people I was hoping to. The highlight of the race for us was seeing my daughter’s kindergarten teacher who was running her first marathon. She is such an amazing teacher and my daughter could not have been more excited to give her a hug along the way. Best part of the day!

Tuesday: Plan: 3 x 1600m – Actual: 1.5M w/u, 1600 @7:08, 60 RI, .3 @ 7:08, rest at 8:57 – You would think after watching the marathon the day before I would be inspired and crush my speed work, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Halfway through the first repeat I knew I was working way too hard and feeling way too tired to pull of the rest. I decided to switch to 800m repeats, but only made it 600m through before backing off that too. I finished the rest at an easy pace for 5 miles total.

Wednesday: Plan: 6M Easy – Actual: 6.57M @9:08

Thursday: Plan: 1M Easy, 5M MT, 1M Easy – Actual:1M @8:53, 5M MT( 7:59, 7:43, 7:39, 7:52, 7:48), 1M @8:32 – It was hot, I was tired, my paces were super inconsistent, but I got it done.

Friday: Gym – 20 minutes elliptical + stretching – My left calf had been feeling really tired so I worked on stretching and MYRTLs.

Saturday: Rest – I pushed my long run back to Sunday since my leg still felt tired.

Sunday: Plan: 14M – Actual: 13M + 1M walk of shame home – The run where it was fine until it wasn’t . My left calf had been feeling cranky all week and I spent a lot of the run thinking of how happy I was for my upcoming cutback week. Early on I was tired, debated cutting the run short, and had decided not look at my pace or mile splits. As I ran I started feeling better and was thinking how glad I was that I stuck it out. At mile 12 I stopped to refill my water and glanced at my watch to see how much time it cost me. I was shocked to see I was averaging 8:35 pace and was happy at how comfortable it felt. 40 seconds later I was back running and then just as I was about to hit mile 13 my right IT band started to feel tight. Having gone through IT band syndrome during my first marathon I made a mental note of needing to really stretch and be diligent about my MYRTLs. A few steps later and I had to come to a dead stop. It had totally seized up and I couldn’t run through it. Stretching helped and gave me relief for about 10 seconds before it tightened again. At this point I knew I couldn’t run home and debated calling my husband to come get me. Since there was no good place for him to be able to pull over to pick me, I decided to walk which felt like it took an eternity.

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Sad little red blips of where I couldn’t keep running.


Super bummer, but I’m still hopeful that I can successfully rehab it in time to run my half marathon. This week was a planned cutback week which works out well and I plan to do the same as I did when IT band pain hit during my first marathon – switch to the elliptical, get serious about MYRTLs to build my hip strength, and wear an IT Band strap when I do start running again. This is also the point where I look at my long runs and wonder if my faster pace was more a “too much, too soon” than a “hey, look how much fitter you’re getting!” I do know for sure that I’ve gotten lazy in doing strength work and having been down the ITBS road before I should know better.
1) 8:30 2) 8:42 3) 8:48 4) 8:18 5) 8:12 6) 9:11 7) 8:23 8) 8:41 9) 8:22 10) 8:32 11) 8:22 12) 9:08 13) 8:51

Weekly Total: 31.57 miles

Have you had IT band pain before? If so, what helped?
Did you watch or run the Boston Marathon?

 

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9 thoughts on “Good News/Bad News

  1. I felt the same way after marathon Monday! I was expecting a total kick ass workout and it felt meh, okay, but I wanted more from my legs. I hope your IT band feels better this week. That’s one thing I’ve never dealt with thankfully. I’m more of a post tib pain kind of girl… Grr

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    • Right?! I was like “where my post-marathon mojo?” 🙂
      Thank you! Glad that you haven’t dealt with ITB pain, but post tib problems don’t sound very good either. You’ve done a great job with your training to finish out your marathon and now half marathon cycles injury free.

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  2. Uh oh!! Is it actual pain or just extreme tightness? I’ve dealt with the latter in my calf, and I’ve found that putting a heating pad on it while resting really helps. Either way, take it easy. I would back off the speed work this week and do easy runs and some hip work. Hopefully it’s nothing!!

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    • It was pretty painful. I’m happy to say it is already MUCH better today, but I’m going to hold off on trying to run at least another day and focus on cross-training. It’s my left leg that’s really bugging me today – which is probably what caused me to overcompensate with my right leg which is where my IT band flared. Hopefully a few days off from running and then continuing to make sure I’m building strength will help.

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  3. OH NO!!!! I do think that getting on the MYRTLs will absolutely help. Do them everyday. Can you get in for a deep tissue massage? My massage therapist has a magic touch with IT bands. UGH!!! SO sorry to hear this. Sending thoughts for a speedy recovery for both you and your hubby!

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    • I happened to have a massage already scheduled for this past Sunday and she did a lot of work on my IT band. It feels MUCH better today thank goodness. I’m kicking myself for not being better about doing my MYRTLs. You’d think I would have learned my lesson! Thank you for the well wishes!

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  4. I’ve been struggling with “is it too fast vs. i’m in better shape” pacing issues too. I know I’m running faster than I used to but I haven’t quite grasped what my new “easy” pace is.

    I so hope you feel better and that your husband does as well!!! xoxo

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    • It’s hard, isn’t it? On one hand I feel like I really spent a lot of time building up my base with 6 months of steady paced, slower runs. Then I added some speed, then added more speed without upping my mileage significantly. I feel like yelling at my legs “I paid my dues!” 🙂 Your cross-training and strength work will be a huge positive in being able to increase your speed without getting injured. And I think your attitude of being slightly cautious of it will keep you from going crazy with paces, but you should also embrace that you are in fact getting quite speedy!! 🙂

      Thank you for the well wishes!!

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