Week 8 turned into a week off. For the majority of the week my ankle/foot was too swollen to fit in my running shoes. Even though it wasn’t really painful, I took this as a sign that I should stay off of it. The road rash however was a literal pain in the butt. Sitting hurt! Walking hurt! Any sort of movement hurt. Mostly I just laid around trying not to feel guilty for taking another week off.
I was able to test out my injuries on Saturday by chasing my 3 year old niece around the park for an hour. Let me tell you, playground tunnels are not made for 5’8″ adults. But all the running/climbing/jumping did not do anything to aggravate my injuries, so I am considering the day a win (any time with my niece is the absolute best!). And that was my entire week.
|Adjusting my training plan while I ice my foot.|
I was able to do a short run today without any issues. I decided to ice my ankle after the run as a precaution. The bruise is still a bit tender but most of the swelling seems to have disappeared. I am just two weeks away from my first 5k of 2015. Since April has been such a spotty month with getting a chest cold and then falling, I’m a little apprehensive about being able to PR in this race.
On one hand, when I have been running, I have been running longer distances and harder workouts than this time last year (when I set my 22:13 PR). But on the other hand, last year I didn’t miss two weeks due to injuries/illness. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the higher mileage weeks (30+ compared to 20+ last year) AND the speed work will pay off on race day. And if not, well, there will always be more races!