Monday: Core/20 Mile Ride
- Not an auspicious start to the training week, woke up with my lower back very tight, almost painful, spasms not there yet, but threatening.
Tuesday: 8 Mile Run
- Back feeling better, but my morning walk with the dog suggested to me that I was not yet ready to resume training.
- After a few days off for back pain, decided to take the bike out to not only see how it felt, but more importantly, how I recovered. Thirtyish minute ride felt okay, hope the back cooperates during the day and feels better tomorrow.
Thursday: 20 Mile Run
- Bike ride might have been a bad idea, woke up very stiff. Kind of odd, my back didn't hurt much, just felt like it would start to hurt if I overdid it or turned wrong. Laima remembered we had Bengay, so I rubbed some in and like magic, most of the stiffness and pain went away. So lucky I have her!
- Woke up feeling better, but common sense told me that it was not yet time--more Bengay and taking it easy was the order of the day. Maybe a bike ride tomorrow and a short run Sunday to gauge where I am.
- No core today, but....there is on the horizon. I got the JCORE System, a 40 day program to strengthen the core and, hopefully, lots of the rest of me as well. Depending on my back healing, I'd like to start this Monday - Laima said she would join me, so soon there will be a twelve-pack in the house!
Saturday: 25 Mile Ride
- Probably could have ridden, but opted not to, resting and healing the back are a priority.
- REALLY wanted to run this morning, but decided that the whole week off was more important long term than a short run and possible re-injury. Some minor twinges on the morning dog walk confirmed it was good to wait.
Weekly Totals: 9.72 miles,33:58.
(Training Plan adapted from Jeff Horowitz’ Smart Marathon Training)
Definitely not the week I wanted, but I suspect it's the week I needed. The injury was a combination of factors, mostly stress due to work, some family stuff, and probably overtraining. After a week off, I feel refreshed mentally, ready to get back at it, and that's pretty important, as this second half of the training plan won't be any easier than the first.
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