My training/recovery over the past week was interesting. There were some high points and some low points. During the high points I felt optimistic that my ankle sprain recovery was going well and that I may actually recover to post some PB’s this year. During the low points I felt like throwing in the towel, giving up on running completely and my Boston goal, and switching to a new sport, perhaps opting instead to train for figure competitions??? (Anyone who’s seen me in a bikini knows that will never happen).
- Being able to run 5k in a running skirt – yay Spring!
- Playing lacrosse on Friday night… pain free!
- A kick butt awesome kettlebell workout with my coach – swinging a kettlebell makes me feel so pwerful (and really helped to sweat out the flu)!
- Covering a total of 15 km this week – the highest amount that I’ve run/walked in a week since the night I sprained my ankle.
- Getting in some much needed retail therapy – hello new outfit!
- Feeling lethargic, tired and yucky all week from the cold/flu nastiness that my 3 year old daughter gave me. Working out took a ton of motivation.
- Feeling like I had no energy and no push off power while running.
- Ankle swelled up like a balloon from standing around at a Fun Fair Saturday with the kids.
- A really horrible attempt at a 5k run Sunday night. Both shins hurt so badly that I had to stop and walk most of it – am I getting shin splints from my summer shoes?
This cold/flu and this injury are putting me on an emotional roller coaster. One day I feel amazing and unstoppable like on Thursday when despite my raging fever, I knocked out a killer kettlebell workout with my coach. Sweating out the fever made me feel amazing afterwards:
Then there was Sunday when I gave up completely on running and walked most of my 5k.
I found the above quote online and it made me think. If I’m going to heal and recover from my injuries and illness then something has to change, so this week I’m going to rest. My body is a mess – I need time to heal. I’ll do my workouts with my coach, but will rest on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Then hopefully I’ll be ready for this on Sunday:
I’ll be running this 10k with my bestie – we’ll be dressed up in tutus, leis etc. to keep it fun. While I would LOVE to wake up Sunday morning with a bounce in my step and ready to set a new PB, I’m doubtful that will happen so I’ll be running for fun with no time goal and no pressure. It’ll be a huge mental change for me as I rarely run for fun – I usually consider racing with myself fun! I plan on leaving the earphones at home, and leaving my phone on silent so that it will record the race, but not provide me with pace and cadence feedback while I run. I really need to just have fun with running in order to get my running confidence back and a fun race with my best running friend (BRF) is an awesome way to do that. Wish me luck!