*SF2HM = San Francisco 2nd Half Marathon
Halfway through this week, I realized that the 1st blogaversary of Running Tangents came and went without me even noticing. D’OH! When I think back to that first blog post from April 13, 2012, I would’ve never predicted how much support and encouragement I’d get from y’all — through both public (blog comments & Twitter) and private (email, text messages, and in person) channels. So thanks for reading and for your feedback! Special thanks to the Gypsy Runner for his proofreading skills, saving me from the humiliation of publishing posts with spelling and grammar mistakes (the horror!).
To commemorate this 1st blogavesary, here are some random stats from the past year:
- Total views: 17,052
- Most popular post (all-time): Gear Review: Garmin 210
- Strangest search term referrals: “riding down the street with water with the windows down”, “i feel pre race anxiety all nighg [sic] long”, “my boyfriend wants to pimp me out”, “tired legs for three months cannot run or spin”
OK, without further ado, here’s what happened this week, training-wise:
Tues: Easy run around the Lake. Nothing of note except that I saw a homeless lady sans pants, which I only realized upon second glance. I originally thought she was wearing beige-colored leggings. Sadly, I was mistaken.
Stats: 5.7 miles @ 10:18/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling.
Wed: 45 min bike commute to/from work + 60 min core, PT exercises, stretching, rolling. I’d like to make the bike commute a weekly thing, except I’ll definitely need a seat with more cushion for my bony butt!
Thurs: I decided to “woman-up” and do the dreaded mile repeat workout. The semi-arbitrary goal was to run 3 x 1 mile @ 5K pace (8:27) + 0.5 mile jog/rest, with 1 mile warm-up and 1 mile cool-down. Actual splits: 8:22, 8:43 (headwind – boo), 8:43.
Even though I didn’t hit my target paces, I was still happy with this workout because:
- as I stated, the pace was semi-arbitrary. The real goal was to run as hard as I could, which I did. I’ve read that effort matters as much as (if not more than) actual pace, so I’m sticking to that.
- it is a significant improvement from the last time I ran the same workout, when my splits were 8:47, 8:51, 8:47.
- at least I did it. It’s easy to talk myself out of doing tough workouts, so I’m glad I didn’t wimp out.
Stats: 6.2 miles @ 9:45/mile + 30 min stretching/rolling.
Fri: Now that I’ve established a firm running base, I decided to add another day of easy running. This was a gentle recovery run.
Stats: 3.8 miles @ 10:43/mile + 15 min stretching/rolling.
Sat: We went rock climbing for a friend’s birthday, which was really fun (I climbed my first V1!)… until I jumped down from the top of the bouldering wall and landed weird on my right ankle. It’s been bugging me ever since — a very acute pain whenever I bend my ankle. Luckily, it’s not very swollen, nor is it tender. I was able to walk/hobble around on it yesterday and today, which suggests that it’s not broken or a super serious sprain. However, I’m bummed that I had to cancel my long run this weekend, and might also have to sit out of next week’s 10K. Boo hoo.
I’m currently wearing a brace to help with compression and limit range of motion. I’ll continue to RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Any other ideas? I’m not sure about going to the doctor, as I have crappy insurance and don’t feel like paying $$$ just to find out that nothing is broken and all I need to do is rest it. Has anyone out there suffered a similar injury?
Stats: 90 min rock climbing
Sun: Unplanned rest. 😦
WEEKLY TOTAL: 15.7 miles + ~4.5 hours climbing, biking, PT/stretching + 4 days of planks
How I felt about it: Everything was going well up until Saturday. Looks like I’ll be resting for the next few days. B.