Well, week ONE of MCM training done. Whew! I’ve been waiting all spring for this patiently because of my calf injuryand I’m finally feeling like I’m in a good spot!
Before I get into my recap, I just have to brag on my little guys. My boys went to the PR Running Series, the Mighty Mile this weekend. It’s specifically a kids race, with different age groups and distances. I signed both up!! It was Mini Cupcake #1’s second kids race, but the FIRST that he actually had to run by himself. It was a 1/2 mile long…so fun!
And then Mini Cupcake #2 did the 200 yard trot His very first race…he wasn’t really sure what was going on at first…
I had to carry him about 10 feet until he decided he wanted to run! He was so proud after he finished. It was so awesome to see the excitement on their faces….THIS is why I run (yes, I run for my mental health as well, but this is one of the biggest reasons!)
Monday–on the plan 1 mile easy, 5 miles 8:57 pace, 1 mile easy. I was told by my chiropractor that he didn’t want me to jump right into speed work this week, so I didn’t follow that pace. When I woke up this morning I thought I would be excited! The day I had been waiting for was here, but sadly, I didn’t feel that way. I didn’t want to run and I used every excuse in the book to NOT go to the gym and run. The thought of running 7 miles on the treadmill sucked every ounce of enthusiasm right out of my little brain. I called my BRF and told her I wasn’t going to make it. Thanks goodness for BRF’s because she refused to let that happen. She had run 7.5 miles before 7 am already, and then told me that she was going to meet me at the gym and walk on the treadmill next to me while I did my miles. She would make sure I got on and didn’t get off before I was done. I knew I was already a lucky woman to have such an amazing BRF, but she really outdid herself. And I owe her. I got on that treadmill and did my miles, although I thought 7 right off the bat after having such a long break was a little lofty, so I ended up doing 5 miles. 1 mile easy, 3 miles hard (er), 1 mile easy. My average pace ended up being about 9:20 for the entire run. DAY ONE COMPLETE! After that my BRF and I took the kiddos to a splash pad after the gym to let them get some energy out….
Tuesday–First off….NO PAIN today!!! Hooray!! I was supposed to go to yoga, but the pool was screaming for the kids so we went there instead. Unscheduled rest day.
Wednesday–Track workout. It was supposed to be hot, and as excited as I was to get out there and hit the track, I had to get some motivation up. I’ve been dreading the heat…
After talking with my chiropractor, he asked me to stay away from speed work in week 1. I was ok with that, but still decided to go to the track anyway with my MRTT ladies. I ended up doing 3 x1600’s but at only slightly faster pace, not the pace RLRF had me at though. Totally fine with that! Ended up with 5 miles total around a 9:02 min/mi average! I finished up with no calf pain but did have some discomfort in my left hip flexor. Hoping it was just tight! And let me tell you the humidity hit me like walking into a brick wall, the sweat was disgusting…
I went to my chiropractor later in the afternoon where we did some ultrasound and laser therapy on my calf, followed by some stim on my hip flexor and abdominals?! That’s right, stim on my abdominals. Not going to lie, I thought it was weird, but he insists it can help to strengthen my core strength. Interesting concept! He put the pads on and then covered it with a warm compress. It definitely felt weird, but at the same time I definitely felt the contractions! Maybe there is something to it!
Thursday— Cross training day! Excited that I woke up with no calf pain, AGAIN! Yahoo!! Went to spin at Revolve Fitness. Seriously, I love this place. I never sweat like I do when I’m spinning (unless I’m running outside in 100% humidity).
And super excited because I just bought a pair of clip ins!! I’ve been renting the entire time, $2 isn’t that bad, but when you add it all up, you might as well buy a pair. I went on ebay and got a pair cheap for $30! I figured since I plan on keeping this up, it was worth the $30 investment!
Friday— Firecracker 5K This was a last minute registration for me. I hadn’t planned on this, but a friend convinced me to do it since it was a great race dedicated to the troops and you all know that we are big supporters of our troops! Can I just say, I’m not a very big fan of the 5K. I have a hard time finding my goove until mile 5, so to have to run my heart out from the beginning is tough! No PR for me, but it was a great event and I will definitely do this again next year! Full recap to come soon!
Final time: 24:31, 7:39 min/mi
Saturday— 10 mile run. Goal pace was 9:37 and we ended up with an average of 9:33!
Splits: 9:32, 9:14, 9:31, 9:54, 9:43, 9:10, 9:07, 9:11, 9:32, 10:20
I was pretty happy with it. It was my longest run since Ragnar at the beginning of June. We got extremely lucky and had a beautiful weekend with temps in the low 80’s and low humidity. I typically do my long runs before the sun comes up but we had a late night because of the 4th of July, so I opted to go a bit later. We chose a trail, the Capital Crescent Trail in Georgetown because it was shady, which was definitely a good choice…it definitely got warm the further into our run we got. My legs were definitely tired, I may have done a bit too much during the week and the 5K pushed me over the edge because I raced it. My calf held up perfectly fine, however I did have some issues with my left hip flexor (the same side as the calf…could they be related?)….guess I’ll be chatting with my chiropractor. It wasn’t pain but definitely a nagging tightness.
Sunday— REST REST REST
How was your week?
Anyone have hip flexor issues? What do you do for them?
Have you ever entered your kid in a kids race?