It's the weekly wrap again with HoHoRuns and MisSippipiddlin!
So, I feel like over the past few weeks I've finally gotten on a good running schedule. Right now I'm doing Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. I run in the mornings so to beat the heat and humidity ( which on some days it really doesn't matter because it's still so stinking hot by 7am).
I've been running in town on Mondays and Wednesdays so I can practice for a local race that is coming up this fall. I figure if I can run the exact course, why not? These runs are short and are only 3.1 miles but I've been running them non stop.
Which by the way I have no idea why I am so proud of running 3 miles without stopping. I started the Galloway run walk method when I started to have ITBS a few years back. I didn't want to put too much strain on my IT band, so I would give myself a walk break every so often. I know most people think that running non stop is an accomplishment and something to work towards ( which it can be for non injury prone runners), but I need to ask myself am I just being stupid and reckless for even doing this? Am I setting myself up for injury? I usually can make up the speed after my 20 second walk breaks anyway.
I usually try to run all my 5k races and then use the run/walk method for longer distances. I feel like that's a fair compromise for my IT band, but we'll see!
On Fridays I head to the trails for my "Long Run". This Friday my long run was only 5 miles. The run felt pretty good. The Library is right around the corner from the trail so I go there afterwards. As I was walking from my car to the library I had the worst pain on the outside of my left knee. I thought for sure I was feeling a problem come on. I went home and iced it immediately.
On Saturday I did end up running a 5K race that I was having my doubts about but it ended up going well.
So I've been feeling pretty good about how my running has been going lately and hopefully as the weather cools down I'll be able to increase those long runs. I go back to work here in a few weeks so I know my schedule is going to have to change (mostly no runs in the morning), but I am hoping that I can still stick to some consistency -M