I feel like this week went a lot better than usual. I didn’t feel too horrible this week although I did have a bit of a tough time running due to ankle pain.
Sunday I did my weekly 6-miler. I was getting the feeling that I may be pushing too hard on my “easy” runs so I tried to slow down just a bit more on this run. Usually I try and push to stay below 8:30 but above 8:15, but I think that trying to push this pace is burning me out a bit. My average paces hover around 8 minutes so I don’t think an 8:20 is really an easy pace for me (at least not yet). It was easier this time around to slow down on my pace because we got a huge amount of snow fall that Saturday. With about 8 inches of snow on the ground, there were tons of drifts covering the running paths I normally take at night. We also had an unusually warm day Sunday where the temperature reached a high of 50. This caused a lot of melting then refreezing once the sun went down. By the time I went out on my run (8 PM), much of the water had frozen over already. I had quite a few slip scares running which did not make the run enjoyable. I probably should have gone to the gym but I wasn’t liking the idea of running for 50+ minutes on the treadmill. I finished in one piece and was glad to get off those icy paths.
Monday was a scheduled gym day (I try to do weights M/W/F). I completed 2 miles outside and headed to our gym to do 20 minutes on the elliptical. I had a weird twinge of pain on my inner ankle so I didn’t feel comfortable running more than 2 miles that night (I wanted to do 3 originally). I finished some core work then headed home. The run felt good aside from the pain and I promptly went to ice and heat my ankle in hopes that it was just a sore muscle.
Tuesday I went outside once again for my 5K run. The outdoors was just calling out to me so I didn’t even think twice about layering up to go out. It’s been getting difficult for me to convince myself to run outside. I love running outside for the scenery, but I am so over how cold it is outside. I like running in cool weather but not being able to feel your face after your run is complete gets old after a while. I’m also sick of all the snow and ice slicks. I’m just ready to run on roads that actually have traction. Wednesday I went outside once again to get my 2 miles in. I did laps around our building because I didn’t feel like navigating the community across from us for the run. They are terrible at clearing their sidewalks so running on them is hit or miss. I hate the uncertainty of how their sidewalks will be and I wasn’t feeling like running on the road because it was dark out. The laps weren’t too bad and went by quickly since it was only 2 miles. I was feeling a bit out of sorts running so I didn’t go to the gym to finish with weights. I just really wanted to go home.
Thursday I took my “rest” day by running a slow as dirt 1 mile. I wanted to do some speed work the next day and since I don’t take actual rest days, I felt as though running slower than usual would help me recharge a bit. Oh, the Chinese we had for dinner probably didn’t help, lol. Way too heavy of a meal before going out for a run =).
Friday I got some glorious speed work in. I was a bit wary when I started because I haven’t pushed myself hard in a few weeks. Still, I knew I was going to have to start doing it again sooner or later since I have races coming up and training starting next month. It actually went really well. I started with the usual 5 minute warm up and completed 25 minutes of tempo runs with 1 minute rests in between (4 at tempo, 1 rest). I managed to hit 7.8, 8.0, 8.2, 8.4, and 8.5 MPH for each repeat without feeling too winded. I finished with a cool down at 6.5 MPH to get my total mileage to 5 miles total. I felt amazing after I was done and was so glad I went for it.
Saturday I did a typical 5K on the treadmill and a half mile cool down (typical for most of my treadmill runs). Nothing much to elaborate about this run, really.
I was glad to see managed to only do one 1-miler this week. The last 2 weeks felt as though I’d been falling into a trap of getting in only 1 mile done many of the days of the week because I wasn’t motivated to run. The only thing that was a bit of an annoyance this week (aside from the weather) was the fact that my ankle has been acting up a bit. That twinge of pain I had Monday stuck around all week. Heat therapy has been helping quite a bit as well as massaging the area. I’m hoping it’ll resolve itself soon because it’s quite annoying. I’m hoping it’s not tendonitis, though, because it would be a pain to deal with, not to mention how my running will be affected greatly by it. It would suck to have my streak derailed 2 months in because of something like that!