Welcome to my week of post-race recovery. And Happy Valentine’s Day. Confession: it has not been a fabulous workout week. On Wednesday, my knee started bugging me, so I’ve been keeping my miles low. But let’s get into it.
Sunday – 26.2 with DONNA half marathon.
We started the week with a cold, wet, and windy half. Read the recap here.
Afterwards, we got lunch and then went home for a shower, nap and some relaxation.
Monday – 2.6 miles, walking + core challenge
More of the same weather. Ew. I went for a walk with my new Ember RoadID, and to get the blood moving. I also started a core challenge that asked for 5 crunches, 5 leg lifts, 5 pushups and a 20 second plank.
A had the day off, but we didn’t really do anything. The weather was too gross.
That being said, it was National Pizza Day, so I made a pizza soup that was a family pleaser.
Tuesday – 2.52 miles, walking + core challenge day 2
Again, I took a nice walk. I wasn’t ready to run. I was also not thrilled with the cold, and napped and cleaned quite a bit.
My evening was way overbooked. Mr PugRunner took A to Scouts and I ended up at the online Yelpies. I didn’t win anything, but I am motivated for next year.
Wednesday – 3.1 miles, walking + core challenge day 3
Today I felt great. My walk was good and the core challenge came easily. We increased to six each of the crunches, leg lifts, and pushups, while keeping that 20 second plank.
We laid low for the afternoon. Again, it was rainy and miserable, and I had some work to catch up on.
I also registered for the ZOOMA Women’s Day 5k. You can join me for free!
Thursday – 4. miles, running, 1 mile, walking, + core challenge day 4
And I returned to running with mixed results. For some reason, my knee started bothering me out of literally nowhere. I called it at four miles, walked one to get home and did my core work. Was this devastating and discouraging? Yes! I was so upset.
The rest of the day I tried to figure out what went wrong. I took A and his buddy fishing, and then he cooked dinner (it’s a new thing we are doing where he plans and makes dinner on Thursday nights. He opened with fish tacos, corn and guacamole).
Friday – 2.72 miles, walking + core challenge day 5
Yes, it was straight up hot. Ugh. I walked, and still had some pain. It went away when I wasn’t walking, so it was back to resting that leg. Boo. My core workout increased to 8 crunches, 7 leg lifts and pushups and a 25 second plank.
We visited our friend’s new dessert shop and picked up some goodies.
And then we had an afternoon date at Silkies Chicken and Champagne. Yum.
Saturday – 4.79 miles, walking + core challenge day 6
I felt most ok, tried a little running, and then felt meh again. I don’t know what’s going on, so it’s short walks for now.
But that’s not the important part. The important part was that Meghan was coming!
She arrived before lunch, and we immediately hopped in the car to go pick up a box of goodies I won from Breakable Hearts!
We hung out for the rest of the day and then went for charcuterie and wine near my house. It was so good to have her here.
Goal-getting + Thoughts
So obviously, I am frustrated about my knee. I think I twisted it in my sleep, since everything was fine and then Wednesday night, I couldn’t get comfortable because my hip and hamstring felt tight. I can follow the tension to my knee, and rolling makes it feel better. I will proceed gently, but I think I am ok not to see the doctor right now. The weather is cold and damp and that always exacerbates issues in my right leg.
I am also currently experiencing the end of an a adrenaline rush. I went from Daytona to the DONNA to house guests and a small gathering, and my body is finally letting go of the tension of staying well and healthy for all that. Today, I feel super drained and wrung out. Here I go to walk it off.
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How was your week in training? Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?
I’m so sorry to hear about your knee! Do you think you might have altered your gait to accommodate that ankle? Anyway, I hope a little rest is all it needs.
Looks like a crazy busy week for you, as always! And those treats….yum!
It’s possible, but it seems odd that the pain would start so many days after the race, when I’ve been running all along. I honestly think I twisted it in my sleep (I sleep very bizarrely with my hip turned out because of the ankle, and that’s when I started noticing something.
Well… you had a big race- it’s normal to have a down week. That is mysterious and frustrating about your knee though. It’s hard to set goals and make plans when you don’t know what your body is going to do. The weather has also definitely been “meh.” Hopefully the rest you’re giving it will heal up your knee- and let’s hope for a nice, sunny week.
My body is being ridiculous. I’m feeling a little better, but I am just being patient and replacing running with very gentle walking and strength. It’s not the same.
I am so sorry about the knee! It’s just the worst. You don’t think the core work has anything to do with it (since that was new). I hope it’s just one of those things that goes away quickly!
That was definitely a lot in a short amount of time. Rest now & you’ll be back at it before you know it!
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