Training so far this week has been hard but I feel as though I’m continuing to make progress. Monday was 8 miles in the evening after work. I decided not to run until the evening so give myself a little more rest from the traveling and my cold / sinus infection, which always feels worse in the morning. The 8 miles weren’t bad as I explored a new neighborhood in Ashburn. I weighed 155.0 in the AM.
Tuesday was a 12 miles in the morning and overall I felt good holding under 7min miles but I did notice my knee was starting to hurt a bit. I found I could alleviate the pain by stopping to stretch, so that kept me going. I was tired after the run and felt like I couldn’t regulate my body temperature all morning at work. Weight was 153.0.
Wednesday was 13+ on the cider path of the W&OD and it was unpleasant. I ran in the evening and it was deceptively hot and humid out. I was running out and back and due to the mile markers I knew I was running slow, dropping to 7:30 pace at times. My right knee and achilles both bothered me a little bit from time to time but I pushed through and stopped quickly to stretch when I started to feel it more. There is only one water fountain when I run South so I looked forward to visiting it both directions. I was hurting but managed to make it 6.5mi out, meaning there was no cutting this short. It was a survival run home. I covered the distance in 1:34. I felt slow and unathletic but was proud of myself for running 13 miles when I wasn’t feeling good. I believe doing that every so often is good to preparation for pushing through pain in races. Weight was 153.0 again.