My usual workout consists of a 4 mile run at a Tempo pace, I was getting bored of my usual route so, I started running the loop backwards. This worked for another week or two and then I became bored of that too.
A few weeks ago I discovered a different route to run and I love it! It's two miles up a hill and then two miles back down then hill. It's 360 feet of climbing up and then I get to enjoy 360 feet of decent. Most of the climb happens during mile two (201 feet). I really try to hit the uphill hard and then I enjoy the downhill ride. This is what my mile splits look like during the run:
Mile 1 8:56 -I'm just warming up
Mile 2 9:12- Man this hill is a beast
Mile 3 7:31- Enjoy the downhill ride
Mile 4 7:11- Hurry up, you are going to be late for work!!!
|This is where the uphill grade begins.|
I wrote the first part of this post last week. Now I am in a state of panic!!! I have a calf strain on my lower right leg. It started getting sore last Thursday/Friday. I took a few vacation days to be at home with my kiddos last week, so I took advantage of my time at home and ran some extra miles.
I ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill on Thursday and then on Friday I ran another 6 miles on the mill , and I noticed that my calf was feeling weird. I took a rest day on Saturday and on Sunday I ran 8 hilly miles. It was a beautiful rainy morning in Las Vegas. I had to go run in the rain!!
My calf felt sore but, I was able to run on it. On Monday I took another rest day. On Tuesday I ran 5 miles and my calf was still sore (Shocker). Yesterday just for good measure I ran 4 miserable miles on it. My stride just felt off the whole time I was running and I don't know why I forced myself to gut out 4 miles on an injured leg.
I made the executive decision last night to take a whole week off from running. I was really feeling sorry for myself yesterday because I need my running! But, I know if I keep screwing around I am going to do serious damage to my calf. I still plan on running a fast half marathon in October. I know that one week off will not hamper my training. I just have to keep telling myself this....