My coach had me do a strength test where I laid down on my stomach, bent my knee and pushed my foot/ankle back against his hand. He said that my right side was considerably less strong (about 1/2), plus I had a bit of pain doing that so we discussed how to modify my workout's if needed, to keep my fitness level up.
I planned to do the first part of last night's track workout at a slow pace and then see how I felt. It was our mile test again and I was told that if my pain level went above a 2 or 3 I needed to stop. I focused on my cadence and form, ignored my pace, and I was almost pain-free! I also ran that mile in 10:07, when I felt like I was going so much slower.
Since I felt good I kept on going with the workout! I just made sure to keep my effort level at what felt really easy and comfortable. Everyone else did 4 sets of 400 meter's at 80% (:30 rest) and then an introduction to speed work: 4 sets of 100 meters at 90% alternating with 100 meters at 60%. I ran everything but at lower efforts. All in all I completed 3.75 miles and my average pace during the core of the workout was a little bit under 10 minutes - which is nuts cause I didn't feel like I was expending much effort at all. I was telling Kim at the race on Saturday that whenever I expect pain I usually have a great run.
So I'm going to continue to be cautious but I think I might be alright! Instead of a hill run tonight I am just going to run to the track, run a 1/2 mile and then run home (2.5 total). The route is mostly flat. I'll see how I feel tomorrow to determine what group and route I am going to run with for Saturday morning.
Last night was the last time Anise and I were going to be able to spend time together until she comes back from her mom's. We got to spend Tuesday and Wednesday together and I will miss her dearly. I cried more than I want to admit saying goodbye - but her and I have a cell phone and we'll stay in touch. We have lots of plans for camping when she gets back too!! <3
I had another successful run! I took it easy and went a total of 4.2 miles, so I did go further than I planned. About .75 of that is walking though for my warm up/middle of work out lap around track/cool down. I didn't conquer any hills and kept my route flat and my pace about 10:30. It was a nice recovery run and I didn't have any hamstring pain - yay! I used the foam roller a few minutes ago and the spot is still sore, but I think if I just make sure to go a little slower for now I'll be okay. Whew!
I seriously love that it feels so easy and good to run most days. I love that I finish a lot of my workout's feeling energized and like I could keep going! Wahoo to positivity!
I made myself some collard greens the other day and am heating them up along with some rice right now for a quick dinner! I'm also working remotely for another hour tonight and then I'm going to head to bed early. Extra sleep tonight will be fabulous and tomorrow is a rest day! Yipee!