On Monday, when I plotted out my work calendar for the week, it was completely jam packed with meetings, planning and an evaluation. I was getting overwhelmed thinking about it all and the fact that I was beginning my Boston Bound program this very same week! Not to mention that I had finally scheduled a Physio appointment for Monday evening to get some information on my bummed knee from the door bashing. :S My head was sort of spinning. But I made it through the day......and it didn't eat me alive. ;)
As you recall, I briefly mentioned some lingering pressure....not quite pain, just pressure, from my knee banging into the door. I could run my butt off and it didn't affect anything, but at night when I'd bend my knee I could definitely 'feel' that something wasn't right. I cried as I chopped vegetables on Sunday evening thinking of how 'this could be it for my running.' Matt came quickly to reassure me that it would 'be alright and I'd be training no problem for Boston.' You know how you just need to hear those words sometimes. This was one of those times.
My PT listened attentively to my million miles a minute ramblings of how it's not even a running injury, and I am starting my intense Boston schedule TODAY and I can't miss any runs, and how knee injuries seem to always end running careers, and how I am always so careful and all my friends demand to know why 'I' NEVER get injured (which totally isn't true)! " He grinned at my caffeine influenced comments and did some poking and probing. I can't be specific about what he was doing because I sat with my hands over my face the entire assessment in hopes that covering my eyes would soften the blow of hearing something "BAD." After I gave him all of my 'Self diagnoses' courtesy of Google, he gave me piece of advice #1 ever so sternly: "STOP GOOGLING!" and then he said, "Stop worrying you'll be fine and you CAN run." :D
It's a deep bone bruise that will heal. They do take some time and I am being treated this week.
I was so happy when I left my PT's office on Monday evening. I came home and was super psyched to do my first run of the 12 week program. Training Peaks doesn't mess around! Promptly on Monday morning there was an email waiting for me in my inbox reminding me of my 3 mile pace run @ 8min/miles. My first mile was super fast, as a result of my good news....lol. Then I calmed down and tried to run more conservatively. It was a great run. :D
I was the first patient to arrive at Physio on Tuesday Morning (7:05 for a 7:30 appointment). Can you tell I'm eager to treat this knee?! LOL.
At Yoga on Tuesday our teacher revolved the practice around inner strength and it really made me aware of just how strong I can be/am. And how being more aware reminds us of the strength that we do possess. When things get tough and we are wondering if this is a test or we want to give up, we have to remember to dig into our pool of strength to overcome it. Oh yeah, and to Breathe.
Once Yoga was over and errands were run, it was time to run workout #2 from Training Peaks: HILLS!
It was another snowstorm in Nova Scotia today. No, I did not get a snow day...lol, but the busses were cancelled. I was sort of worried about the long commute in less than ideal conditions, plus the fact that I had my teacher evaluation today and TWO after school meetings! :0 I just told myself that I can get through this day and everything will work out. I had also decided that no matter how the day went, work or weather wise, I would get my run in. That's
Here's a view of the street conditions for my run. Yep....totally snow covered and footing felt similar to running on beach sand, minus the palm trees and warm sun, lol.
I logged a slower snowy 3.25 miles at 8:17 avg. pace/mile. It was super difficult to hit targeted pace, but my program explains that for Northern runners, we have to accommodate our training to conditions and to go by effort when traction is not so perfect. A solid push-off this evening did not exist....lol.
A hearty snow run deserves some hearty tacos as a post-run dinner I believe! :)
I hope your week has been off to a great start and remember to dig deep when things get crazy. ;) Thanks again for stopping by GGR!