Last Week’s Workout Log
First, the bad: Unfortunately last week, I ran about 12 miles less than I was planning to run because my left knee wasn’t feeling very good – I have no idea why! I ended up swapping a cycling workout for Wednesday’s run and skipping my Friday run completely. I knew that resting my knee was the best thing to do, but man it was hard to not reach for my running shoes.
Now, the good: I PR-ed my 8K on Sunday! More on that below :)
Monday: 3 easy miles on the treadmill and power yoga class at the gym. Noticed my knee hurt a little at the end of the run, so I modified poses as necessary in yoga.
Tuesday: Knee started to feel a little weird, so I pushed my run to Wednesday.
Wednesday: Knee still hurting, so swapped a cycling class for my five mile run.
Thursday: 4 miles of intervals (3 x 1600 meters, 400 meter recovery in between) on the treadmill. My knee was not happy with me afterwards.
Friday: Knee very painful even while walking. Skipped my run.
Saturday: More rest and ibuprofen.
Sunday: Jingle All the Way 8K in DC, an unexpected PR for me!
Jingle All the Way 8K Review
I ran this Pacers race last year, and loved running with the sound of sleigh bells down the street and seeing runners dressed up in all sorts of fun costumes, so I didn’t hesitate to sign up this year! But when the day of the race rolled around, I debated going because I figured I couldn’t run very well on my knee, and it was supposed to snow. I finally decided to go and at least pick up my t-shirt (since I paid for it, you know) and drop out during the race if I needed to. So at 7 AM, I scarfed down a fig bar, drank some water, and headed out the door.Since the forecast was 30 degrees, with the wind making it feel like 20, I dressed in my warmest tights, Nike Hyperwarm top, warm running jacket, fleece hat/ gloves, and Pro Compression marathon socks. Even with all that, I felt cold when I exited the metro station! So I picked up my bib and t-shirt, stuck some jingle bells on my shoes (provided by Pacers), and high-tailed it to the Starbucks on the corner just as it opened. Best decision ever.About 15 minutes before the race, I left the store to drop off my bag, use the port-o-potty, and warm up my legs a little. It had started snowing already and I was cold! I was happy when everyone started to line up and huddle together. And then at 9 AM sharp, the race started! The first two miles, I didn’t even bother trying to control my pace because I needed to warm my feet up so I could feel my toes again. Miles 1 and 2: 8:45, 8:28.
When I saw those times come up on my watch, I realized that I had a chance to beat my 8K PR set earlier in the year at the St. Patrick’s Day race, so I pushed myself to keep my pace under 8:50. To my surprise, my legs felt great and my knee didn’t hurt, and I was able to keep a very fast (to me) pace! Miles 3 and 4: 8:17, 8:15
Before I knew it, I was on the last mile. I could feel my legs starting to tire, but I knew I was definitely on track for a PR so I didn’t let up on the pace. I got nervous as the last half mile approached because I knew I had a habit of giving up at this point, but I realized that I still had some gas left, so I gunned it to the finish! Final mile: 8:01
I was crazy proud when I saw that I had run each mile faster than the last! My official time: 42:10, an average pace of 8:29 and a PR by nearly 2 minutes. I loved the snack boxes they gave out at the finish: Some good stuff in there. The chocolate covered blueberries were gone by the time lunch rolled around. I also liked the long sleeve tech shirt. The material doesn’t feel very wicking to me, so I’ll save it for yoga and lounging around the house! Overall, I had a great time at the race, loved the flat course, and hope to be running it again next year – perhaps in a fun outfit next time!How was your weekend? Are you getting into the holiday/ Christmas spirit?
From Around the Web:
Fluffy Butternut Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Peas & Crayons – remind me of my favorite Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits! I’m gonna give these a shot :)
December to Remember from Peanut Butter Fingers – I love the idea of making a list of activities to do during the holiday season!
8 Tips for Hydrating in Cold Weather from Active.com – I definitely don’t drink as much water in the wintertime when working out, so this was a helpful reminder with great tips on how to hydrate better in the cold.