Last week ended on a high note with an awesome PR at the Wineglass Half Marathon. But I continued to feel the IT band and achy hip, especially after pushing myself during the race. So, I am playing it smart and going to my amazing physical therapist, Lynn at Spring Forward Physical Therapy. And the good news is, he says I can run through this and I should be able to run the marathon just fine!! I’m doing my exercises and going to PT, but also listening to my body when it says to slow down or stop. So here’s how this week went:
Tuesday: I had 4 easy miles on the schedule, but went out and stopped after 2.5. My IT band felt tight and I did not want to push it!
Wednesday: Phew, Physical therapy!
Thursday: This was supposed to be a 5 mile progression run (2 easy, 9, 8:45, 8:30). In reality, I was only able to do 5 super slow miles. I just could not pick up the pace, which I was fine with because I was able to run without too much pain or discomfort!
Saturday: 18 mile LR (11:16 pace). I was cleared to do my long run if I felt up to it, but was told to stop if the pain or discomfort got worse as the miles went on. I started in Astoria and planned to run over the Queensboro bridge to meet my long run buddies Beth and Allison. Not even a half mile in I wanted to stop because I was in so much pain and was hobbling. I told myself I’d run to the bridge and if it still didn’t feel better I’d throw in the towel. Thankfully, I loosened up a few miles in and the pain disappeared as I started over the bridge. And I saw this awesome rainbow, which I took as a good sign! This run was much slower than my long runs have been but I got it done! 🙂
Total weekly mileage: 25.5
This week was much better than I was anticipating and I’m making great progress in PT! I’m feeling like I really can run a strong first marathon in just 5 short weeks! Ahh!