I haven't posted nearly as much in the last week as I wanted. I kept saying to myself "I have to blog this" it was the step between thinking and typing that malfunctioned. Lol. My job is busy right now getting my choirs ready for choral festival and getting grades in for this last week of the quarter! Yikes. Life!!!
So what's been happening?....
New stuff from my trainer. I'm cross training 3 days a week in addition to my 3 days of runs. My cross training right now consists of riding my bike and swimming (or water running and other water exercises for my legs). I also strength train along side my cross training two days a week. I have a running specific strength circuit that is new that I really like.
I have time goals for all of my runs right now. I am really pushing my pace on my tempo runs and working hard on my 400m repeats. Right now my 400m repeat time goal is less than 3:25 for the quarter mile. I did 3:05 and 3:11 last week. Very pleased. Wanted to do four. Was very sore from cross training and only did two. Then my 4 mile run on Thursday went great. My last two 4 mile training runs were 1:05 and 1:11. This 4 mile training run was 58". Yay I knocked 7 min off of my previous time. My pace goal was 14:22. My pace ended up being 14:34. Very close. When I ran 9 miles a few Saturdays ago I did not even get winded. Pushing that pace got me winded and it felt great!!!
I've been having knee pain in my right knee. It started after the 9 mile run and I can't quite get it back to normal. I utilized the free physical therapy assessment at my gym (I'm becoming a regular in this training process lol). Anyhow the PT there determined that my ligaments are too limber and allow my knee to shift around too much causing wear and tear on my meniscus. My 4 mile run still aggitated it pretty good so I'm headed into my regular MD (sports medicine specialist) on Thursday to get his thoughts. They already have an x ray planned. We will go from there I guess. I have to stay on top of aches and pains more than normal because I'm not just training for me but also for Run2Walk. I can't hurt myself and not be able to run my race. I'm ahead of schedule in my training for that exact reason. To allow for rest if needed.
So that is my running update.
I've been weighing often again and I truly think I do better with frequent weigh ins. At least for now. That leads into my next post about Biggest Loser in the Salmon house! Coming soon. Soon for real this time!
Picture of my sad face at physical therapy for my knee assessment after work.