This week brought on more piriformis pain, so week 3 on that issue. I missed a training day, but was able to get a long run in. I forgot to mention it last week, but I had a 25K race this week! I wanted to get a race on my schedule prior to Glass City and this was it. But I was very uncertain if I should run the 25K, or drop to the 15K. Or heck, not even run at all! I had a variety of cross training this week to replace my running. Miles run this week: 26.5. Here’s how my week went:
Mon – 4 easy miles, treadmill. Still feeling a bit sore, but not as bad as expected. YouTube’d a bunch of piriformis pain videos. Did some stretching and strengthening. We got Shamrock shakes today. Yum yum yum! Fun fact, I had a hair appointment on Friday last week, and that amazing styling job lasted until I washed my hair on WEDS! I was so impressed. Wish I could do my own hair like that.
Tues – 7 easy miles, treadmill. My plan had speedwork, but no way I was doing that. I wasn’t sure how long I would make this run, but I ran out of time and couldn’t complete the 8 miles that were on my plan, which was probably a good thing! Another day of stretches and glute strengthening exercises. Also, my daughter who is home for a few days on spring break joined us at the gym. We got swole 😉
Weds – Rest day! Same old soreness. Was very happy to have my tennis ball with me in the car for some quick relief by sitting on it after my drive to work!
Thurs – URD – unscheduled rest day. Decided it was best to skip running today. I did more stretches and exercises that I found in YouTube videos. I’m so darn smart about this piriformis issue from watching every YouTube video ever made! I did the elliptical in the morning and then a little bit of rowing at the gym. These are both great cross training activities which do not cause pain. I really enjoyed the rhythm of the rowing machine (kinda like the hypnotic sound of the treadmill!). I will definitely do that again!
Fri – Rest day! Another day off running, but this one was on my plan. Yay! I did 40 mins on the elliptical, and then went to the gym. Upper body weights and a visit to the hydro massage chair. Too bad I couldn’t get out and run because it was very pretty outside… it snowed!
Sat – 25K race! What? A race?? Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish this. I signed up for it, which was the only reason I was there. I decided to just make it a long run, and I would have opportunities to cut the course short and DNF if it made sense to stop. The first 4 miles had “pinchy” pain. After that, my glute was just numb! My training plan had 17 miles with mid 12 at race pace. I happened to be running the same pace as a friend, so we ran together until around mile 8 when I decided that I would try to get those race pace miles in. He was slowing a little, and I speeded up just a little. We were pretty close to my race pace already (around 9:10sh). When I hit 12 miles I realized my pace had slipped. I heard someone breathing hard close behind me, and sure enough it was my friend again! I guess I didn’t make it far without him! Haha! The pain was slowing me down by this point and those last 3 miles were a challenge! He went ahead for the last mile, and my husband came back on the course to run in with me (he finished the 25K earlier). Finish time was 2:24:57, 9:16 avg pace. I was a bit bummed with how hard and painful the race finished for me, but was super excited when I found out I won 3rd place in my age group. Woohoo!! My husband did also! We got slate coasters as awards. What a unique item. They will go great on our patio!
Sun – Rest day… Survivor day!! We have a fun event with friends happening today. We get to play some Survivor style games with a team at one of the metroparks. Should be fun and interesting!!
Closing thoughts… even though it was a good thing that I was able to run the 25K, and even place 3rd in my AG, I’m disappointed with the race. I mean, at this point in my training that distance should not be a challenge, and should not be painful! It even made me dread the thought of racing a distance farther than that! I still haven’t made any decision yet to drop to the half marathon, but it’s still a thought. Maybe, just maybe, this pain will go away. Fingers crossed!
Q: Are you a Survivor fan??
My husband and I have watched it forever!! It’s our Thursday night ritual – Survivor, pizza & beer. Thursday, because that’s the day it was originally aired on! I’m also a huge fan of the Amazing Race.
Q: Any fans of rowing machines?