This week has been a little off because Monday and Tuesday I was in Alaska and I I wanted to be careful with my left foot.
Wednesday I did 7 miles @ 7:16 average, and finished off with physical therapy exercises and a lower body lift. My foot felt really good after the 5 days off.
Thursday I hopped on the treadmill to do some easy miles, but my foot felt off and I decided not to push it. So I decided to switch to cross training after a couple miles and finished off with an upper body lift. I was feeling pretty disheartened at the end of this workout. I hadn’t gotten much sleep at all the last couple of nights though, and hadn’t had a chance to see my ART doctor to have him work on my foot.
Friday I swam 3000 meters and ran 6 easy miles at 8:55 average. My foot felt really good. I am working on swimming and doing more front crawl and less breast stroke – it is much harder for me to do the front crawl. I went to my ART doctor and he worked on my foot, so I’m hoping it will continue to improve.
Saturday (this morning) I did a 2000 meter recovery swim. More front crawling and was definitely sore from Friday’s swim!
Tomorrow I’m running the 415 & 12k Across The Bay. I’m signed up for the 12k, and it starts in Sausalito, goes over the Golden Gate and ends in Aquatic Park. Part of me feels pressured to race it hard, and see where my fitness is at in terms of my Chicago training. The bigger part of me knows I will play it smart for the bigger picture – which is getting to the start line of Chicago healthy.
I’m hoping to run the race like a progression run, but with the big uphill that will lead up to the Golden Gate, I’m going to play it by ear and listen to how my body is feeling. I also have an event for work late tonight, about an hour drive from my house. I may not even get home until 10pm, so I probably won’t get to bed until 11pm. If I’m getting up at 4:30, 5am to get to the shuttles for the race, that’s not a ton of sleep. Throughout the week I’ve been in a little bit of a sleep deficit, so I just want to be aware of that and be smart.
Seeing good thoughts to my lovely running bestie Kindal who is doing her first Half Ironman today! I know she’s going to kill it out there.