Pool Running (and a whole lot of crazy)
Unfortunately, I’ve been doing more of this than anything else. I went for an easy 3.5 mile run the day after my century ride, which probably wasn’t smart. I had good energy, but I also had a sore right calf (more on the side). It wasn’t too bad, but seemed a little worse once I stopped. I took Monday off (I usually do), but Tuesday morning, it was still sore. So, I was at the pool Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday, it was feeling much better so I went for an easy four mile run. Friday, the soreness was gone, but it’s another rest day for me, anyway.
Saturday, 8 miles into a 13 mile run, my knee pain that had started in July came back. I completely freaked out. It was just one twinge, but I knew that was all it took. Energy-wise, I had been feeling pretty good. So good, in fact, that I was probably running faster than I should have been. I was purposely not looking at my Garmin, but figured I was running 9 minute miles (I would later learn that what had felt like 9 minute miles, were in fact 9:30 miles, but I don’t even want to talk about that.) I backed off the pace and took a shortcut back to my car (10 miles total).
I haven’t run since. My knee is definitely sore, but only when I do a deep knee bend. I’ve felt several more painful twinges, which I’m trying to convince myself were just in my head. I made an appointment with Dr. Wilder for next week, though. My plan is to take an entire week off from running, then try a test run. Otherwise, I’ll have to go into my appointment and say, “Well Doc, my knee hurt pretty bad for a minute on my run two weeks ago. I’m not sure if it hurts now, or not. I felt some twinges that may or may not have been in my head. What do you think it is, Doc?”
I’m pretty sure he’d tell me that I need to make an appointment with a different kind of doctor. And he’d be right. I’m certifiable.
Obviously, though, I think something is wrong. If I thought I could run (believe me!) I’d be running.
I signed up a week in advance, knowing that it would be a great class to take the day after my century.
That day, I almost called and cancelled, though. I just didn’t feel like driving all the way into town. If I wasn’t signed up, there’s no way I would have gone. But I did go, and it was probably a good decision.
There was a different instructor, but the class was similar to the last one I’d taken. It started out a little frustrating. The first pose we did hurt my lower back. I tried several modifications, and the instructor gave me some suggestions as well, but I just couldn’t find a position that didn’t hurt. I ended up just doing child’s pose instead. Everything was fine after that.
Gentle Hatha Yoga
More of the same. Another great class.
A new-to-me class and instructor. We started out with a crazy-looking move that I had never done before, which involved rocking from seated position with legs outstretched, onto our backs with our feet over our heads and back again. It looked a lot harder than it was. It was actually kind of fun.
I found this class quite challenging. Hilary’s Vinyasa classes move at an insane pace, and I end up drenched in sweat, but I prefer that to holding a difficult pose FOREVER. There were a few times in this class when I felt like the instructor was just being mean. I wondered if she was waiting to see how long it would take for us to give up and come out of the poses. My legs and arms shook, but I held on.
Humbling, and good for me, I’m sure, but not exactly enjoyable.
Oh yeah, it’s time to throw out my tri shorts. They are threadbare. I put on a long shirt and wore them anyway, though.
The room was full of people, hot and humid.
I quickly learned that (as I had suspected), there was definitely something wrong with the “watts” feature on my bike last time. This time, I had a hard time hitting the numbers, not because it seemed too easy, but because I was afraid I would die.
Another great workout.