11 days have already passed since Surf City — I can’t believe it! Time really flies, and before you know it, it will be my dreadful birthday, then Christmas – geez! Since my last race, I haven’t done much of anything physically; my knee still hurts and I’ve been very busy with so many other things including work, friends and of course preparing for LA Marathon (will post about this later). While I am actually enjoying my time off from running, I have sort of become a Worry Wart. That worries me (see, I told you) more than anything because once I get these negative thoughts in my head, it is so hard to get them out. I know my training and race performance will suffer simply because I might push myself physically harder to avoid feeling any sort of loss and also because I will start to doubt myself and what I am doing. It’s getting pretty exhausting, continually talking myself out of all this negativity BUT I am doing it!
The issue that I am experiencing is some sort of pain on the right side of my knee. I thought it could be related to my IT band but I wasn’t sure until my friend massaged my legs and pressed a point on the back of my leg (near my booty) that sent pain down the entire right side of my leg. My band is really tight is directly related. Darn. Shoot. WTF?! I know I shouldn’t worry too much, I know I just need to take it easy, heck, I have 10 more races, running one very slow is not that big of a deal (yes it is).
Anyway, since Surf City, besides stretching (foam-roller, Tiger Tail), icing and taking Bromelain, I have managed to get in two WHOLE workouts:
Week 1 – Swim (1x)
Week 2 – 1.7 mile run and spin class (both 1x)
I have to tell you, the swimming part was a blast! My friend Janel R. accompanied me since she is also training for LAM and has aches and pains of her own. You should have been with us that Sunday – we drove to Sports Authority and spent at least two hours in the dressing room trying on EVERY SINGLE swimsuit. We also had a hard time finding the right goggles and swim cap although by the time we got to the accessories part, we just took whatever so we could get the heck out of there and head to the gym. We totally cracked up in the locker room because it was so funny to see each other dressed like that, my goodness…fun times. We both are looking for swim lessons because we cannot seem to get our breathing technique down while trying to swim freestyle. Fun is the only way I am going to make it through this period…
At the end of the day I am hopeful things will be OK. After this week I will try to get back at it and hopefully see a doctor for peace of mind. Only 31 days before LAM is here!