When I went to write this week's review, I realized that I forgot to do this last week. I guess that's what happens when you go out of town for a few days. ;) I also apparently forgot to take photos over the last two weeks. I apologize in advance for how boring this post is.
Sunday - May 1
Broad Street Run (10 miles) - 1:28.17
This race didn't go exactly as I had planned, but I'm glad that despite my ill-advised too fast start, I still managed to meet my goal and PR by six minutes. You can read my full race recap for all the details.
Monday - May 2
Run 3.0 mi
This run may have been somewhat ill-advised. I had thought about taking the day off, but on the way home from work I decided I wanted to do something. My gym is always super packed in the evenings so I decided a short, easy run would be fine. I went slowly, but my legs never really loosened up like I hoped that they would.
Tuesday - May 3
Elliptical - 35 min
After Monday's run, I decided a few days of cross training were a good idea.
Wednesday - May 4
Elliptical - 40 min
Thursday - May 5
Run 4.45 mi
I left on Wednesday night to head to my friend G's house to spend some time with her before her wedding. I did this run with another friend, K, who is significantly faster than me. She kept insisting that I would probably leave her behind because she typically only does 3 mile runs. I wasn't shocked when that didn't happen. This also happened to be my fasted average pace run in a while.
Friday - May 6
Run 3.83 mi
Another pre-wedding run, this time without K who wanted to run at her normal pace (and not slow it down to run with me). That was fine with me since Thursday's run was more like a tempo effort for me!
Saturday - May 7
Dancing counts as cardio, right?
Sunday - May 8
Monday - May 9
Run 4.14 mi
Tuesday - May 10
Run 6.0 mi
Monday's run felt perfectly normal, which is why the pain I felt on Tuesday night came as a big surprise. Unfortunately since I was running home from work I couldn't really cut it short, but I did take several stretch and walk breaks. My calves were extremely tight and I also had some sharp pain in my left knee. The knee pain was totally different from the IT band tightness that I have occasionally and not the same as what I felt when I was having some knee pain on the bike. I was pretty concerned by the time I got home and decided to take off a few days from running. I was hoping that it was from more time in high heels that normal (due to all the wedding festivities) or the fact that I did three runs in a row in my older shoes (I rotate two pairs and accidentally ended up wearing the older ones three straight runs - I was planning to replace them at the end of the month, so this was probably a factor).
Wednesday - May 11
Swim - 2550 yds
I finally got myself to the pool in the morning! Big win! :) I had been thinking about it for weeks but was worried that I would get there and it would be really crowded or that I would have bad morning practice flashbacks from my years of swim team. Fortunately neither of those happened and I had a good swim. Hopefully I can keep this up!
Thursday - May 12
Bike - 11.67 mi
Keeping up with my trend of new things, I decided it was finally time to ride my bike in the morning. It wasn't the best ride, but I got it done. I realized afterwards that I hadn't been on my bike in over two weeks, so that I was probably the biggest reason for my awkwardness.
Friday - May 13
Bike - 12.11 mi
After reading Amy's post about overcoming bike fear, I decided the best way to get over mine (and my general bike awkwardness) was to keep trying. I also saw rain in the forecast for Saturday-Thursday, so I figured that I might as well ride while it was dry. I felt a lot better than I did on Thursday.
Saturday - May 14
Run 9.0 mi
After three days off, I decided it was time to test out the knee. I didn't have a set plan, but figured I would just turn around at any sign of trouble. Fortunately there was only a bit of tightness at the beginning (but none of the sharp pain) and it loosened up nicely a mile or two in.