Sub-title: Half Marathon Training Week 13!
Sub-title 2: Time to get my act together!
My superstitious side has hesitated even writing this out, BUT I am relieved to say that I ran 31 miles last week and had no IT Band pain. (I knocked on wood after typing this so my superstitious side feels better, even if I sound nutty!) And I’m not the only one doing better – my husband was able to start swimming this week and he has a lot more fluidity of motion when walking. His physical therapist thinks he will be able to start running again in June. Happy news!
So what did my peak week of training look like? Well, not what was on my training plan.
More important though were those important 2 words in the notes section of my training log: Pain free.
Wednesday I ran at home and something I’ve been dreading happened . . .
I watched the final episode of the last season of Scandal on Netflix. My time with Olivia Pope & Associates has been my absolute favorite and I don’t know how I’m going to replace it. I tried a few not-quite-tempo miles in the middle to see how they felt. My knee felt fine through them and afterward, but I felt like I was working really hard those 3 miles.
Saturday was my long run and it was the first time in awhile that I felt excited for a long run. It was also the first time in awhile that I prepped the night before – laying out my outfit, getting my fuel together, and making sure my watch was charged – instead of realizing the morning of that my battery was nearly dead or I was out of GU. The first 6 miles ticked by quickly and each mile on I was subconsciously holding my breath. Would I start to feel tightness outside on the outside of my knee? Would I need to stop? By the time I got home 7 miles later I felt a huge sense of relief. Here’s hoping that I’m able to successfully keep any further IT band issues at bay. Now I’m off to MYRTL!
What’s your favorite series on Netflix? Any podcast suggestions?