Lets talk about the amazingness of yesterday's run first though because it truly was one of the BEST runs I have ever run, so far!
I guess it doesn't really start on Sunday, it started Saturday night when I decided to head to Pei Wizzle and indulge in an amazing bowl of Pad Thai worth 40PP, and lemme tell you, it was thebomb.com.
|Not my bowl, but hot damn..doesn't it look delish! Source|
Seriously, I couldn't remember the last time a) I had Pei Wei and b) that I enjoyed it that much. Eating out less is not only friendly for the waist line but for the taste buds too! =D
So yeah, 40PP equates roughly to 1500 cals for this amazing bowl of goodness but the truth is this, 8 miles is a huge distance and I needed/wanted to carboload. Did it make a difference? Abso-fricken-lutely!
Anywhoo..so Sunday I had my typical brunch of southwestern omelet, sides of meat and a hashbrown. Took my A&P Exam which I did fab on...thank god since the last two tests were meh, had a sunrise energy bar covered with peanut butter and took off.
|Sunrise bar NOT covered in peanut butter|
The sun was shining, the temperature was warmer than it had been, and overall I was just in a great mood! I also told myself that I needed to start out slow. I really hit a wall on my Friday's run probably because I had a lot of 8 min/mile spurts in there and my body just can't handle 8 min/miles yet.
So my first 5 minutes started of slow...mainly because I was trying to warm up
1st min: 17:20
2nd min: 18:28
3rd min: 13:43
4th min: 12:02
5th min: 11:58
After that I tried to get into my regular pace...or lets say my desired race pace..anywhere in the 10 min/mile range..
My mile times:
1st mile: 12:55
2nd mile: 10:22
3rd mile: 10:15 - Took my first 1/2 fuel
4th mile: 10:21
5th mile: 11:14
6th mile: 10:05 - Took my second 1/2 fuel
7th mile: 10:34
8th mile: 9:31
I think my 5th mile was a little slower since I had to run uphill, as well as against the wind but it was also this mile where I really got into my groove. Sorta sucks that it took so long since I was only running 8 miles, but at the same time, after that I felt like I could run my half marathon distance!
I was mentally and mostly physically in-line on this run, I wish I knew exactly what it was but I don't so I'm gonna say that adequate pre-run fuel (the noodles, being properly hydrated) played a huge role in my mentality.
Lets talk about mile 7...
Saturday I started feeling a pain in my left lower ankle/calf..nothing major but a dull pain. Hell, I don't even know how I got it since I wasn't running..I'm thinking maybe from jumping jacks, jumping etc without shoes on. I usually workout without shoes at home if I'm doing things in the living room like DVD's.
The pain was still there on Sunday but I decided to head out for a run.. it felt the same until I hit mile 7 where it totally flared up. It wasn't debilitating but it definitely hurt, I pushed through it and still felt amazing given my time, my endurance, etc., but the as soon as I quit running, I began hobbling. It just fricken hurt!
Thanks to Twitter, I quickly put some peas on it to start icing and although it is better today, it's still sore. I should mention that my right left leg has the same pain but not as bad as the left felt.
I have no clue what to do or what's going on?! Today is a rest day which I am totally honoring. I'm taking cardio off the plan for tomorrow too, and depending on how I feel may do my strength training routine but I'm terrified this may be an overuse injury, but wouldn't it have happened while I was running, and not doing some cardio?
I feel so invested in not only this race but the entire vacation that I'd be devastated if I were to be sidelined, but even more importantly what if this is something serious?! I can't go to the doctor.
I'm just really bummed and fear I may have jinxed myself with this post.
Although I'm thrilled that I performed amazingly yesterday, I'm also really, really worried that this could be something more serious.
Words of encouragement?
Please send positive, healing vibes my way...