I had one main workout goal for the weekend – get a run in. I really needed to test my knee since it was feeling better. In addition, I have a 10K in 4 weeks and while I am confident in my ability to walk 6.2 miles, running it (even in part) is still another story.
I had one main goal and thanks to a combination of work, family and other responsibilities I found myself sitting in the living room at 9:30pm on Sunday night having not gotten my run in. It was dark. I was tired, but I really needed to get that run in.
So put on my new Enell bra and shirt, laced up my shoes and headed out the door.
I don’t like running in the dark, it feels vulnerable. However, I stuck to the one mile long loop block surrounding my house and I had my reflective vest on and a bright white hat. I was confident I would be seen.
This was my first run back since really before I got pregnant with E2. I had done an inpromptu jog here and there, but nothing I would call running training. I have decided that intervals are the way to go and decided to try a 2 minute walk, 1 minute run interval for this first time out. I managed two miles of this pacing before deciding to walk most of the 3rd mile.
Still the running was not bad, my lungs were weaker than my legs and if I can boost my breathing and endurance there I think I’ll have longer runs in me quickly. I kept a fast pace walking too. I know that the #runDisney races have a 16 min/mile pace and I was determined to keep that as a goal during my training.
I ended up doing my first 5k (with running) last night, in the dark. My splits were similar and my pace was not bad for my first time out. All in all I am pleased with how the run went.
After I finished my run, I realized that in doing a 5k last night I earned my first bling for a virtual race. I had just received the virtual race medals from Jost Running earlier that week! It felt great to do a hard fought run, in the dark, and earn a medal for it. Jost Running has great virtual races every month and the medals are no joke. They are hefty and shiny and very motivating. (Yes, I am a geek. Yes, I am going to add up my miles this month to reach the marathon medal too!) And since the virtual races all go to help good causes I don’t feel guilty for liking the bling!
Run in the dark and earn a medal all on a Sunday night. Don’t mind if I do.
After my run I made sure to stretch well, but I am afraid I need some guidance with stretches. My knee started acting up later that night in bed and has been stiff and painful all day. I am back to icing and ibuprofen. I am contemplating another orthopedic visit and researching foam rollers online. I take comfort in knowing that it did NOT hurt while I was walking or running so am confident that this is an issue of my Baker’s cyst and possibly a weak IT band (based on pain location).
Still it is a pain (ha!), and I am going to have to figure out a solution so I am not hobbled for a day after every run. If it continues to become and issue I will have to look elsewhere for my exercise. (Something I need to do anyway for variety).
But I don’t want to jump to conclusions about my knee either way. So for now I keep on moving forward. I hope to let my knee rest up and try another run later this week. I also might try to catch a yoga class for some additional stretching this week.
I am an ambassador for Enell and was giving the bra, hat and shirt. In addition, I was also sent the Jost Running medals to participate and blog about their virtual races. As with all other things, all opinions are my own.