After a difficult and very painful week of dealing with unexplained groin pain, I took my chiropractor’s advice to heart this past week and avoided lower body strength training for the majority of the week. When I saw her on Monday, she said that my alignment was definitely off and agreed with my assumption that I had pulled a muscle. She suggested that I do four things: extra stretching, continue to take extra rest, not push my running pace too much, and lay off of any lower body weights for the week. So that’s exactly what I did last week.
Monday, January 22nd
I started the week off with my first visit of the week to the chiropractor. Since I was in a bit of pain when I got home I took the day off from working out.
Tuesday, January 23rd
There were so many reasons to smile after Tuesday evening’s run: the weather was absolutely gorgeous for late January (sunny and in the low 60s), it was my first run in new running shoes, and I completed the run pain free! All reasons to celebrate! Post run I did 20 minutes of upper body and abdominal strength training.
Wednesday, January 24th
After work I headed straight for the gym where I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by 20 minutes of upper body and abdominal weight training.
Thursday, January 25th
Thursday evening’s run was one of those that reminded me why I hate winter running. The cold air got the best of me during my run and I was never able to get into a good running rhythm. I wound up taking extra walks and ended my run disappointed in my performance.
Friday, January 26th
With it being the end of the semester students were off from school and I had a teacher workday to work on grading. I kicked off the day with my second visit of the week to the chiropractor. Even though I had gone the majority of the week in much less pain than the week prior, there were still moments when I felt some pain. After my appointment I spent a long day at school grading papers.
When I arrived home I received an exciting text from Kathleen: that our Magic Bands had arrived at our house! That means that our girls’ weekend at Disney World for Princess is right around the corner!
Saturday, January 27th
I had originally planned on doing another set of back-to-back runs this past weekend to help prepare me for the Fairy Tale Challenge, but since Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day and it was supposed to rain all day on Sunday (which it did), I opted to scrap the shorter run and move my long run to Saturday. I’m so glad that I did. Despite the high wind, it was 62 degrees when I started my run. It felt amazing to run in short sleeves at the end of January. Despite the fact that I spent much of the last 6.5 miles of my 11.5 mile run running into 20+ mph wind (sometimes uphill and into the wind), the sun and warm temperature made for a really enjoyable long run.
Sunday, January 28th
I ended the week at the gym with a late Sunday afternoon sweat session. I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical and then did lower body strength training for the first time in a week. I took my chiropractor’s suggestion to heart and did less weight than I usually do, but even after 30 minutes of lower body and abdominal weights I left the gym pain free!
Total Weekly Mileage – 26.70 miles (8.99 miles more than week 5)
Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 125.38 miles
QOTD: Do you prefer being hot or cold when you run? I’m all for summer running!