This was a rather lackluster week of training, not quite what I had hoped for but it’s in the books. I finally got around to communicating with my coach about backing off a little so hopefully this week will be better than the one I’m recapping now. (I also have a weird thing going on my right big toe but I’m hoping that it’s just all in my head.)
Monday easy run
I finally made myself run outside. It was just a mental block that I needed to get over. Now to reestablish the habit. I really enjoyed this run. It wasn’t all roses though. I did have a little bit of tightness in my left hamstring and I was a bit more tired than I expected. Other than that it was a pretty good run.
Tuesday stationary bike + NTC
stationary bike: I was too into The Flash (it’s official. i’m a nerd) to pay attention to the ride. It (the ride) was good. I think. 🙂
NTC: I did not like this one. There were far too many 30 second recovery breaks and some of the exercises were ridiculously complicated. Hopefully the next one I choose will be better.
Wednesday tempo intervals
I’m still not quite ready (or in the mood) for speedwork at pre-marathon levels so instead of a solid 40 minutes of a rolling tempo work, I made them into tempo intervals. I really loved this run. It’s the off-season so I’m not stressing about the downgrade.
Thursday stationary bike
I enjoyed this ride but am baffled as to why I wasn’t able to get farther. I thought I was pushing the pace like I used to but ended up with a shorter distance. Oh well.
Friday short intervals
The prescribed pace for these intervals was too fast. I’m not back there yet. I thought about ditching the intervals but settled for a compromise. I decreased the speed a little on every other interval (yes, I ran on a treadmill) and managed to finish the run.
Saturday long run easy
This was an okay run. Overall I enjoyed it even though I felt a lot faster than I was actually going. I did not look at my Garmin (to see the pace) once during the whole run. (I did look at it to see overall time so I would know when to turn around.) I liked that. What I didn’t like was a weird feeling that I now have on my right big toe. (What is it with the right side of my body?) Here’s the rundown: I have an area that is red, tender, and slightly swollen (bump like) on my right big toe just below the joint connecting it to the metatarsal. It does not hurt with weight bearing activities only when pressure is placed on it like from the top of a shoe while running. (That was the status Saturday. Today, Monday, it look normal.) While I’ve spent much of the rest of the day obsessing about the prospects of a stress fracture, the run itself was fairly okay. I would love for my body to stop falling apart. (That might be a slight exaggeration. :D)
I definitely rested Sunday and tried not to think about the toe.