Sound familiar? Sheesh, the more things change, the more they stay the same. It looks like this time of year is just a time that I need to take the time to regenerate and cut back a little. There's just too much stress and too much work to have the energy to work out every single day. Maybe it's the change in the weather, or less daylight, or going back to work full time after 68 days off. I dunno.
Anyhoo, here's my update since my last post.
Saturday, Oct. 31 I ran 8.3 km. That included the hiking up hill as my warm up (1.4 km), a 5k trail run in 34:19, and then 1.8 km walk down. Shins felt perfect. Forefoot running felt good - 3 minutes heel strike and 3 minutes forefoot. Didn't even want to quit forefoot when it was time but I did. HOWEVER, I did not stretch AT ALL this week. Nadda. Bad me. And I suffered for it I think. ITB pain again at the 4 km point. Always the same point of my run it seems. Of course, I had the same problem for my last 3 runs and the other times I stretched so maybe that doesn't even help.
Anyway, I did my best to ignore it and finish my 5 km run. The right knee had the ITB strap on and it felt only a little painful, the left knee, which usually doesn't bother me, was much worse, and I was pretty "limpy" when I had to walk downhill, especially on the steep sections.
Did I MENTION my SHINS felt FINE?????? Yeah baby. I'm gonna kick this ITB thing in the ass and keep running.
So. Why didn't I run all week you are wondering. Well, it's the same old same old. My son came down with H1N1 on Tuesday night and we had some worrisome days. Then his fever went down and I stopped worrying about him and started worrying about me. Hubby and I have both been feeling fatigue, achey, headaches, overall unwell for past 2 weeks. Seems to come in waves. I usually manage to have about half a day feeling greta and then I just fall apart. Whatever. It'll go away.
So now I'm crossing my fingers that I don't get the piggy flu. If I get it, it should happen sometime this week. Incubation period is about 2-7 days. Sure hope not, but then again, it'll save me a 4 hour wait in line for the shots right?
My forefoot plan
I think I'll stick with 3 and 3 this week. Then next week do 3 FF and 1.5 HS. Then the next week. 5 FF and 2 HS or something along those lines. We'll see.
* I will try to do something every day. Stretch. Cardio. Run. Yoga. Strength. Walk. Something.
* I will make smart eating choices 80% of the time.
* I will drink more water.
* I will get more sleep.