This is the month I have been waiting for, for over a year!
And no, that was not nearly enough gifs to express how I'm feeling! I flipped that calendar this morning and can see my race, right there in plain sight!
January was a strange month for me, I hit my longest run of 10 miles but my lowest mileage for a month since being injured last summer. With my new runner's knee issues, I had to cut back drastically. Although I don't love missing my 11 & 12 mile runs planned before the race, I think I've handled it better than my last injury. I trained all year for this I KNOW I'm finishing this race and there's no stopping me.
This week I only got in a 2 mile walk with a few running intervals thrown in and then yesterday I ran 5 on the treadmill. It was not pain free (and BOTH the knees are giving me trouble although the right knee is worse) but I was able to run. I taped and wore my braces, although halfway through the run I pulled them off and ran without. They were starting to chafe me and felt better off anyway. I took a 30-60 second walk break each mile and that really helped. I will most likely do that for the race as well.
I'm doing a lot of other things to help my knees and overall health. I have been doing a 10 minute arm workout every morning with some crunches thrown in. I have also made friends with this bad-boy...don't let the pretty color and "pool noodle appearance" fool you, this thing hurts to roll on!
AND, coincidentally, Rey's mom sent him a T.E.N.S unit for his back and he told me to try it until he gets home. I found some info on using EMS machines on your quads to help with knee pain and it definitely has helped. It's bizarre to watch your muscles contract when you aren't doing anything though, I almost have a sick preoccupation with staring at my leg while it contracts. LOL.
Since we're starting a new month, I'm going to do the Team #runDisney Photo-a-Day challenge again. I might not make it through the month (again) but it's fun until I get tired of it. This time I'm only posting them on instagram, so you can follow me there if you want to see them (twoboysnmygirl).
My first photo today, I thought was fitting, so I'll share it here.
There are 3 weeks until the race and this is my plan:
I'm going to continue to go light on the running. I may do a short run mid-week this week but I may not. I have a client that I walk a couple miles and that may end up being my only short distance for the week.
Next weekend I plan to do one more longish run. I'm unsure how far I will go, I wanted to get up to 8 but I don't know how the knees will feel. It looks like we are in for a lot more freezing temps. The treadmill actually seems to aggravate my knees MORE, so I'm not sure 8 on the TM would be wise. The following week I hope to do at least a 5-6, which I think is still plenty of taper before the race. I feel like since I didn't get up in mileage I need to at least keep my cardio ability up until the race. I am definitely playing it by ear though because I would rather be a little under-trained and not injured for the race!
How are you feeling about February?!? Any special goals?