Besides the calf muscle issue, my allergies have been bothering me on a whole new level. It seems like everyone in my neck of the woods is just as miserable as me in that department. The good news is that I ran more miles than last week and I was able to pace a half marathon. The bad news is, my calf still isn’t awesome. It’s showing improvement, but I just have to make it through this week, figure out what I want to do about my marathon, and then go through my recovery period.
- Monday, 10/19 – 4 Mile Recovery Run + Strength/PT + Pole Fitness
- Tuesday, 10/20 – Rest
- Wednesday, 10/21 – Pole Fitness + Vineyasa Yoga
- Thursday, 10/22 – Pole Fitness
- Friday, 10/23– 4 Mile Recovery Run + Pole Fitness
- Saturday, 10/24 – Rest
- Sunday, 10/25 – D&L Half Marathon, 1:45 pacer
Monday’s four miler was bittersweet. It began pain free and I thought I was out of the woods, but by the time I got one mile away from my house my calf felt achy. Like a dumbass, I continued away from my house for another mile, meaning I had no choice but to run back. And I really did have to run or I would have been late for work. It was frustrating and painful. After work I headed right to the gym to try some of my PT exercises, and then to a quick 30 minute massage on my legs. It felt better, but I decided to test the waters again on Friday and not run all week long.
I went to bed Monday night and woke up with gross stuff dripping down my throat from my allergies, but I made it through the day and just came home and tried sleeping it off. By Wednesday, I still felt crappy but made it to pole class anyway. I stayed for the yoga class afterwards and it was really nice – the teacher was good, the class was relaxing and felt really good on my calf. Thursday was also uneventful but by Friday, I’d had enough of feeling like total shit in the morning so I took the day off of work.
I woke up Friday morning and headed to the running store because the shoes I ordered came in. I wanted to take them out on the Bethlehem Towpath to test out the shoes and my calf. I got the Brooks Pure Cadence because they are discontinuing my favorite shoe, the Brooks Pure Connect. I’m bummed because I love the Connect, but seriously how pretty are these:
I started running down the towpath and I felt fine. I wanted to run four miles at the pace I was supposed to do for Sunday’s half (an 8 minute mile), but as I began running I thought, if I get to the two mile point and I’m pain free, I’m going to go an extra half mile to a mile to make it a five or six miler. Well, right around the two mile point my calf started to feel cranky so I turned around. I didn’t know what to do. I was supposed to pace the half and I held the pace no problem on the towpath, but it wasn’t without some discomfort.
I noticed after the run that my calf recovered much more quickly than it did on Monday. It was achy after my run, but it felt better as the day went on. I decided to run the half for two reasons: I made the commitment to do it and had several people relying on me, but ultimately I wanted to see what my calf would do in a half marathon before I drove nine hours away to run a full marathon.
I’ll write a race recap for the race itself, but I successfully paced the 1:45 crew and we crossed the finish in 1:44:47. There was a REALLY big hill in the second mile, but had that not been there I think my calf would have been okay. It was on the hill that I felt it begin to ache and it did bother me for the rest of the race. After the race, it was painful but as the day went on it felt better. I’m sitting here typing this today and it was much achier after my four mile run last Monday morning than it is today. I absolutely felt like I hadn’t run (much) in two weeks during the race but I survived.
I’m torn as to what to do for the marathon. On one had, I want to go. I have two friends going, and it would be such a fun trip and who knows? I could have a great race (you know, a miracle or some shit). On the other hand, I had a decent fall marathon already. While I’d hoped to run another one to try to PR before Boston to better my corral and chances for being in wave 1, I was looking forward to running this race hard. I don’t want to miss out on the trip with my friends, but I can’t justify going if I am not running the race. I’m so torn. One thing I do know: I’m excited for five weeks of cross training, pole fitness, strength training and yoga to reset my system after this marathon.
Pole classes were fun this week. I learned a few new moves and worked on some new combinations. I planned to also go on Saturday but I was looking like a battered woman and couldn’t imagine even climbing a little bit up the pole.
The first two poses are variations of a butterfly. A butterfly was one of the first inversions I learned once I could get upside down. There are several variations that are super challenging to try once you are solid in a traditional butterfly.
One handed butterfly:
No handed butterfly:
My sister in law and I didn’t plan the coordinated outfits so a picture had to happen, of course:
And lastly, an Allegra. My pole instructor actually broke her ribs doing this pose before, so I was scared to try it. I ended up loving it! I need to get a better shot to Instagram where it looks like my ass isn’t eating my shorts, but I loved this one. The grip is on your inner thigh and it feels like you’re getting an Indian sunburn until you are actually in it.
Are these not the cutest Jell-O shots you ever did see?
I made these for a Halloween party that I went to on Friday night and they were a huge hit! There’s actual candy corn in the bottom, but the alcohol dissolved it after they sat overnight. I served them the same day, so the people at the party got to enjoy it before it dissolved. Still tasted great – it was mango and island pineapple Jell-O with a layer of sweetened condensed milk. The dissolved candy corn made the bottom layer the right color, which was cool! I used Pinnacle Whipped Cream vodka because I wanted to use it up (I’m not a big Pinnacle fan) and it actually worked really well in these shots. I might actually keep a bottle on hand because the flavor was really good!
It was nice to just do whatever felt good this week but I’ll enjoy that a lot more after this marathon is behind me. I am desperately looking forward to recovery, rebuilding and beginning again in a few weeks when I feel fresh, rested and uninjured!
Swim: 0 meters ♥ Bike: 0 miles ♥ Run: 21 miles
How was your week? Did you go to any Halloween parties?