Week 14 Recap
I can’t believe there’s only 14 weeks left until I have to run about four times as far as I usually run on long run days…yikes! My goal this past week was to get rid of this strange new pain in my knee/thigh using my posture and form. Check – for the most part! Started at the “beginning” again with Form (first Form, then Distance, then Speed). Took the pressure off worrying about my pace so I could focus.
R.I.C.E. day. Hobbled around the office, and really took it easy at home. Knee? Thigh? Hopefully this doesn’t stick around. Googled it and scared myself. Reminder: don’t google aches and pains until you’re sure it’s injured.
Knee was feeling much better so I did an easy 5.5km with J! We went to the same hills and took it easy on the downhills. Felt it in my knee a little bit, but considering how much better it was already feeling I knew I could proceed with caution.
Took a rest day and iced again. I can feel the ache is changing a bit, now more like a super tight inner thigh muscle.
Iced during the day so that I was good to go for a nice 5km easy run with B tonight. So great to catch up with friends on easy runs. It’s a great way to test your “natural” form – guaranteed you’re paying more attention to your conversation than to all the usual focuses when running solo. I did better this time with cadence and the thigh held up nicely.
“Best day of the year” when you can hear the snow melting in the sun. 8km, and my thigh started to flare up midway…played with some hip alignment and pacing, but what actually helped was lengthening my spine. Running like a dancer. I could feel the “C” shape from my head to my tailbone, and it took the pressure off my legs.
Was a bit worried about doing 12km immediately following an 8km day while battling some tight muscles. I warmed up using the heating pad, stretched a little, massaged a little, then ran the whole 12km with my spine as tall as possible (in my favourite summer shoes!). The moments I noticed myself sinking into my legs again I would also notice the tension in my inner thigh increasing. Managed the tension throughout the run and made it home without incident. Stretched then iced right away. I’m going to call this one a lack of inner thigh stretching over a long period of time – something I’ve neglected without realizing it!
Goal for this week: Increasing distance while maintaining my new form focus of a tall spine.