The idea for this blog, as is often the case, was born on a run. This particular run was in the middle of a week when I couldn't seem to stop (over)analyzing every ache, pain, or sensation I felt in my body. This obsessiveness is fairly common for me, especially when building back my mileage after a layoff. I didn't mention this before, but I started to experience some knee pain towards the end of our Eurotrip. I was able to run through it because it never hurt during the majority of my actual running time. Going up and down stairs, however, made me feel approximately 40 years older than my actual age. In order to combat this, I spent ten days exclusively pool running at the end of July/beginning of August. If there's ever a good time to be stuck training in a pool, it's when you're in Arizona in July!
|Bike support/paparazzi duty during the long run.|
|Jesse V! Always makes me smile and keeps things in perspective.|
The break from land running, plus multiple visits to Melissa, the chiropractor, and acupuncturist helped me heal quickly, and I was extremely grateful to be back on the roads. As my mileage increased, however, so did the craziness level of my thoughts. Just for fun, here's a sample of all the thoughts I had in a single week of running. Some of these actually occurred together during a single run (the beauty of a 20 miler!):
- My hamstring feels tight. Why? Mental note - add hamstring exercises to pre-run routine.
- My glutes are SORE. This must be good. I'm activating the shit out of them while I run.
- My Achilles feels tight. Is this the beginning of tendinitis? I've heard that doesn't go away quickly. Fuck.
- I feel AWESOME. I am so grateful to be running again.
- I'm exhausted. How am I going to keep this up for 10 more weeks?
- Shin tightness? Wtf? Is this the beginning of a tibial stress fracture? Mental note - look up exercises to target shin pain. Add these to your pre-run routine.
- My other knee kind of hurts now. Oh well, it will probably be fine.
- I can really feel the difference in my running since adding plyometrics. I feel like I'm springing off the ground with every step.
- Should I be running every run at a faster pace? Would that make a marathon at 6:10 pace feel easier?
- I should probably slow down. I feel great but can only handle mileage if my intensity is low enough.
- I need to up my mileage. Multiple weeks of 100+ miles will make me strong enough to run an OTQ in Indianapolis.
- I need to get to the starting line healthy. I shouldn't run one step further than Coach John suggests.
- I'm going to run an OTQ in Indianapolis.
I realize the above list makes me resemble an insane person, and I promise that my body is actually feeling really good. I just happen to be a tad hypersensitive. Sometimes it's a blessing - My hypersensitivity often allows me to catch niggles before they become full blown injuries. Other times, it's just excessive. Luckily, I'm gaining more confidence in my strength as I continue to train for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. My runs lately have been more of the "turn my brain off" variety, which I really enjoy.
|Back on Track! Should Dr. Ray and I start carpooling??|
I hope this blog made you feel better if you have a run induced monkey mind like me! Next up, a race recap!