Sunday – Rest
Monday – 3 mile run
Tuesday – 3.5 mile run/walk
Wednesday – 45 minutes bike sprints, 1/2 mile swim
Thursday – Rest
Friday – 45 minute bike sprints
Saturday – 8 Glorious High Altitude Miles
I’ve been trying to placate that little niggle in my hammy – the doctor’s consensus – my pelvis is a little off and it’s probably all stemming from my BIG injury about 15 months ago and leading to these little tweaks since then. I’m really really working on stabilizing it, doing my exercises, stretching, rolling, etc.
But when your pelvis goes whack, it’s really hard to get it back.
In an effort to focus on the positives, I took a little 24 hour “life breather” on Friday and did what that crazy Girl Scout bear did, and went over the mountain.
I spent Friday getting some R&R and serious hydration since elevation and I have a sordid history which usually involves it forcing me head first into a toilet. I also decided it was time to try and take the ol’ tires out for a spin on Saturday morning and see how my niggle would handle some mileage & terrain.
As we grabbed lunch, I saw this, which meant that I knew this mountain run was just meant to be.
I also found this amazing tshirt but my friends and family informed me that this was not meant to be.
So Saturday morning I set out to give my body the best test…trail running at 7,000 feet with about 12 hours acclimation. #idontdosmarthings
I took this bad boy stead and slow. 8 miles, about 1,500 feet elevation gain & views galore. I was in heaven and my leg felt pretty good after as well. I hopped off a few trails because I was afraid of bears and mountain lions and ended up on another trail that was being renovated (it was a rugged terrain trail for Jeeps or something crazy like that) and was face to face with bulldozers which were much scarier.
I probably could have gone another 4-5 miles (I love you endorphins), but alas, we had a boat rental that was waiting and I didn’t want to be left ashore. And remember, recovery is just as important as the run, so I was sure to get some serious chilling of the legs in the icy cold lake.
All in all, I’m still taking it easy on my legs and going to stick with far more cross training than running for the time being, but I think the outlook is looking better. This is especially important since the iTryathlon is on Saturday. And if not for my leg, my mind’s refreshed and cleared as we get into the “busy season” of life these next few weeks…
What’s the best run/workout you’ve had lately?
Do you have chances to “mini-charge”? Not a full vacation, but a little getaway?