Last weeks run began the slow decline leading up to the St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon this Sunday. I wouldn’t say I’m nervous yet, maybe more agitated. I’m trying to focus on nutrition, sleep and those little pains that crop up. My right hamstring is hurting, I think I’m getting shin splints in the left leg and the left knee hurts a little. Can you say ~ overuse. Not bad, but none-the-less they have caused me some issues on my long runs. I am using the foam roller, stretching, icing and trying to keep all things in check. So nervous no, but agitated yes.
My short runs during the week were fairly uneventful. My long run on Saturday was eight miles. I started out sure-footed and into a mile of it my right hamstring started acting up. Not bad, but the pain makes my right leg feel heavy. I found myself having to concentrate more on my form. It was a little easier because I had just taken my first Gu Energy Gel. I was trying to gauge if I really felt that kick of energy. I think I did!
I also ran with compression socks for the first time. Pink compression socks! Every so often I would look down at my calves and sigh. I love you pink socks…eh hem sorry, but it did take my mind of the pain a bit.
Around mile four I actually caught myself yawning. Thank goodness for the skunk on the side of the road. It was a close call. If the stink hadn’t been so bad I might have stopped for a nap and thank goodness it still stunk on the way back too. Really. I’m really glad.
The week unfolded as follows:
Sun ~ rest
Mon ~ 3.33 miles
Tues ~ 1:15 yoga and 3 miles on the elliptical
Wed ~ 1.83 miles (walked)
Thurs ~ Rest
Fri ~ Rest
Sat ~ 8 miles
Total for the week = 16.16. Pain and all…grateful that 10,442.42 remains.