Rest Day Wrap-Up, No. 5

Today is a special Tuesday edition of Rest Day Wrap-Up. Yesterday, for Labor Day, I ran a 5K. Coming off a 93 mile stretch for the preceding 2-week period, I ran well, finishing 39th overall, 5/60 in my age group, and with a time of 21:24, my fastest 5K of the year by 9 seconds. The race fell on my seventh consecutive of running (not something I typically do) and immediately following a 42.6 mile week. Last week also included a strong long run (14 miles at 8:22 pace) and some tempo work (4 mile tempo work at 7:37/mile pace). I finished August with 165.5 miles. And with all this volume, I feel good. Other than some blisters, the result of running 90% humidity routinely, I have no physical concerns following August’s increase in volume. But today’s rest day is much needed. If all goes as planned, my mileage will continue to climb in September and August before a steady taper through November for marathon. Continue reading

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Rest Day Wrap-Up, No. 2

Thank you to anyone who read, shared, or reached out after I posted my first Rest Day Wrap-Up next week. I start this writing project with no particular agenda in mind. Rather, I hope each week will be a reflection on training and living.

The Running

Week 2 was harder than week 1. In part, I think this was due to the increase in mileage over previous weeks to lead up to a 40 mile week. For week two, I only ran 28.2 miles. Part of the drop in mileage was planned to prepare for Sunday’s 5-mile race. Part was unplanned. I bailed on Thursday’s long run (planned 11 miles) 3.5 miles in. It was extremely humid and felt like it would storm. And I was fighting some knee pain from runner’s knee or, more particularly, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. I could see the source of the pain, my right knee diving inward due to tight hamstrings and weak hips and core. Therefore, I would rather cut some mileage now and address the issues rather than run with dull pain for a few weeks until it gets worse.

Also, the humidity. I can’t wait for the weather to change. Every run this week was uncomfortable. Even the “easy” runs hurt a little due to the conditions. Continue reading