Monday, August 24, 2015

Are these runs Official?

So, I tried to start my "official" marathon training this month. I have been dabbling with a run/walk for a while but unfortunately the past couple of runs started out being run/walk but ended up being a little more of the walking which has ended up disappointing me. My knee and IT band has been holding up okay but my breathing just stunk!

The following week I decided to try 5 miles. I've seemed to have my breathing under control ( or perhaps it's just that it wasn't90 degrees and humid like it had been the previous week). But things couldn't go that great for me, right? Well, for two runs that week I started to have pain in my calf and ankle. I've never had pain in that part of my leg before. At least with IT band pain I could run through the pain in little spurts because my feet were still working. With this calf and ankle pain it seemed like my whole leg was just dead! Needless to say my planned 5 miles turned into 4. No sense in making it worse just for a training run. This happened on two runs. I had missed 2 weeks of massage appointments because my massage therapist has been injured. I thought perhaps it was just that my calf was tight. When I went to PT later in the week I told him how I was feeling and after a quick exam he said my flexibilty was good and the calf did not seem tight. So now I am wondering
what my problem is?

I did have some redeeming runs this weekend though! Friday I did 4 miles with very little pain and with consistent intervals. Last night my sister and I finally got that 5 miles in and I am surprised at the consistency in my run. I don't know if it was becaause she was keeping me motivated (because she is faaster than me), because it was. A lot cooler because we were running in the dark, or because the last mile and a half I desperately needed to find a restroom? I don't know what it was but it was the best run i've had in a long time. I stretched and foam rolled later
that night but I still woke up sore like I normally do. I guess some things never change!    -M

18 comments:

  1. I sure hope your injuries calm down! I"m starting to panic a little because my PF has decided to flare up. Bad timing.

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  2. I'm glad you had two good runs this past weekend! Here's to hoping that the pain stays away.

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  3. I have found if it's not one thing, it's another. My ITBS is getting better but I feel pangs of other stuff in that knee. Oh well, I'll just keep running. (Just keep running, just keep running)

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  4. Well I am glad you had a good run eventually! :)
    When I first started running again after my injury I had the hamstring trouble, that has never been a problem spot for me ever...it took awhile before it started to feel stronger and not tug. I cut a lot of runs short. It is finally getting better. I think even though we do other things while injured the running motion just causes things to flare up as we return to it. Hang in there! It will get better. I was surprised at how long my hamstrings took.

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  5. Dang you soreness - why you no go away :)
    So good to hear you are getting back in the game slowly but surely. Good having a sister to help give you those pushes to keep at it .

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  6. I'm glad you were able to get in your 5 miler. It sucks having little injuries and soreness that constantly nag you and hold you back.

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  7. Hope your calf doesn't bother you this week. Take it easy if it does no sense making it worse. ( I do that all the time!)

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  8. I love that you included a bathroom break as a motivation for a speedy run. :) All about the real world! I hope your calf feels better this week!

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  9. I hope you are able to figure things out! I hate that feeling where you start to get one body part under control and then something else starts to flare up!

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  10. I'm glad your last runs went well! Some days, our bodies just don't cooperate. Even if I end up doing a lot of walking, or even all walking, I still "count" the mileage. Part of marathon training is the time spent on your feet! Any mileage helps.

    I hope your good runs continue! :)

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  11. It sounds encouraging that you are having some good runs still! I'm sorry to hear you are still having pain, but hopefully the good runs will outweigh the bad ones!

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  12. I hope your injuries get better girl!

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  13. I wish you a speedy recovery with the injuries! Glad to hear that you finally had some good runs!!! It is funny how some runs can be good or bad from day to day with no apparent explanation... but we'll always take the good!

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  14. Injuries really suck, don't they. I feel your frustration, and I hope it improves soon.

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  15. Hmmm. The calf pain is odd since your PT said it wasn't tight. Breathing on hit & humid runs is definitely tough. It's good that you it in some good runs though!

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  16. Hope you can figure out what is going on with your calf and ankle.

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  17. well good news is you got a good run in! I am sure running with your sister helped with that a lot! slow and easy for a bit until you are feeling 100%!

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  18. BOOOOOO about the calf/ankle pain...but WOOOHOOO on a great run! That's awesome! I've learned that there are about a zillion factors that can affect my run, including whether I'm running later in the day, and definitely if I have to find a bathroom...those are always some of my fastest miles, LOL.

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