This past week was quite a roller coaster, both physically and emotionally. Living in the D.C. area, there was the obvious emotional roller coaster associated with the uncertainty of whether a government shutdown would happen, and now we’re facing the first weekday of the shutdown. Physically, I dealt with some unexplained lower body pain during the second half of the week. I don’t want to say for certain until I visit my chiropractor this afternoon, but I’m thinking that I pulled a muscle in my groin.
Needless to say, last week was not that week that I had hoped for.
Monday, January 15th
I kicked off the week with a gym session, where I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Tuesday, January 16th
I had to talk myself into going for my first run of the week. It was one of those days when I really didn’t want to run, and would have rather curled up on the couch when I got home from work. But I resisted the temptation and was so glad that I did in fact go for my run.
Wednesday, January 17th
My groin pain didn’t start until almost the end of the school day, but by the time I left school I was in so much pain that I could barely walk. I cannot pinpoint an exact moment when the pain started, or if I did something specific to cause the pain. The only thing that I can think of that would have possibly caused it to start on Wednesday would have been slipping on the strap of a student’s backpack and rushing to catch myself. Needless to say, the pain was so bad that I struggled to walk around Target after work.
Thursday, January 18th
After a painful Wednesday afternoon and evening I woke up Thursday morning to find that the pain had gone away. I didn’t have to deal with any pain until the last hour or so of the school day, but since the pain came back I opted to skip my run that evening.
Friday, January 19th
Although the pain didn’t come back at all on Friday, I decided that instead of trying to make up my missed workout that I’d rest again in hopes of still being able to complete my long run the next day.
Saturday, January 20th
Another day of no pain, so I decided that I would still complete my planned long run. Although my energy and endurance diminished during the second half of my run, I didn’t experience any pain and was able to run all 6.2 miles that I had on my training calendar.
Sunday, January 21st
Since it hit 62 degrees Sunday afternoon, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and went for a 3.49 mile family walk. We all enjoyed the time that we got to spend outside on a very unusually warm January afternoon.
Sunday evening I did 25 minutes of lower body and abdominal strength training. Unfortunately during the last couple of minutes of my workout I started to experience some groin pain again, though it was nothing like what I had experienced earlier in the week.
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.71 miles (8.00 miles less than week 4)
Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 98.68 miles
QOTD: How do you mentally and physically deal with unexplained pain?