This week continued the uncertain navigation through the rebuilding process. I am hopeful that the functional training that I will start next week will help me fix my issues once and for all so I can really get back to training and going for the big goals.
Monday, May 23, 2016
This run was almost perfect. Both legs felt strong and normal throughout. My stride felt great. I focused on form. In the last 15 minutes I added six 1 minute intervals at a hard pace. I felt the top of my left hammy a little, telling me that it didn’t like the intervals very much. Other than that, this run went really well.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Maybe I did have a breakthrough last week. I used my normal bike and got even farther. I pushed hard and enjoyed the ride. I felt a little bloated; maybe I ate too much Monday? Other than that, this was a really good ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I got some good answers in the evaluation Tuesday and hopefully a plan. Apparently my hips are still weak and glutes aren’t firing well. I’m glad I went. Even though it means spending some money it will be worth it. This tempo run went well. I ended up running the tempo portion a tad slower than I had planned but it is was still a good workout.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
We thought at first that we might be on our own since Ellis was late and his phone, at least, was at home. Thankfully we had our “fearless leader” sans phone. I tried to push hard throughout the exercises. I have to acknowledge though that, like always, I was aware of my left glute. Something about it just feels off. Hopefully the training that I’m going to get at Performance Therapy will help that.
Friday, May 27, 2016
This run went well for the most part. I’ve wanted to add a second speed work session in for a couple weeks now but this sort of work seems to aggravate the left glute. For the next week or two I am going to cut speed work out ask start the functional training and hopefully be able to start speed work up again soon. For the first mile everything felt perfect. I felt strong. My glute didn’t bother me. As I got into the run I could feel it a little but it didn’t interfere, like usual. I am hopeful that this training I’ll be doing at Performance Therapy will help me finally fix my weak hips and “non-firing glutes issue so I can get back to real training.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
This run surprised me. It wasn’t as fast as I normally like but I took a decided step back in that area and just focused on giving a good effort and maintaining good form or at least trying to. At the start of the run I felt a little sluggish like I have the past few weeks but, like usual, after I at a couple Gatorade chews at mile 4, felt much better. The left glute did not speak up at all through the entire run. That made me very happy. My right calf felt a little tight at first and around halfway, the knee didn’t feel that great. That sensation lasted on a short while and didn’t bother me later. I felt pretty good for most of this run and actually enjoyed it. I am looking into getting some Gatorade powder so I can bring some in my handheld so I don’t get dehydrated as easily.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
I woke up with sore legs, tight muscles, not pain. Since I had the time I took my time and stretched and foam rolled extensively. The left leg continues to behave as if there had never been an issue. Occasionally, I am a little concerned about the right knee but it may be mental since I have had issues with it in the past. I took it as easy as I possibly could to give the muscles the time to rest and repair as they should.