Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Last Two Weeks in Running: 6.18 to 7.1.12

The last two weeks I've been a little busy with this for a free subscription
Jul/Aug 2012 edition
Couple that with a hip flexor/ab strain and a cutback week and the running has been subpar. A quick recap:
June 18 - 24
58 miles
Key workout was Wednesday in which I did 8x400 in the heat.
Second key workout was a semi-long run of just under 17 on Saturday.

On Friday I lifted (including abs) and on Sat the lower left ab, which had been a back burner niggle for a few weeks, worked its way up to the front of the stove.  On Sunday, it was still there.

On Monday (June 25), I ran w/ Ben in the afternoon.  We completed a solid 12 and that was after I did an easy 4 in the morning.  Probably my easiest 16 mile day ever.  Almost felt like cheating the miles.  Talked to Ben about the lower ab issue and he recommended laying off ab work.

On Tuesday, I had an appt w/ Mika.  His diagnosis: either a hip flexor strain or lower ab strain.  He worked me through a series of "tests" that were a wee bit painful. Finished up the session w/ stim and ice.  His recommendation: no speed, no hills for a while.  Abs take time.

After Mika's diagnosis, I decided to shut it down for a few days.  I took two days completely off.  The hardest thing about running is not running.  Then jogged 2 on Friday as a test.  Saturday: bike.  Sunday: 10 w/ Kevin Gray.

Things felt better on my run w/ Gray.  Better but not quite there yet.  I'm trying to nip this thing in the bud but it's hard when all I want to do is run.  I want to get going w/ my marathon buildup and right now that plan is stalled.  Still gotta remind myself constantly: the summer is young.  I have plenty of time to put in quality miles.  Patience grasshopper.

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