I have developed a serious obsession with Weather.com. Yes, I know 10-day forecasts are BS. I also know we’re 18 days away from W-Day. BUT, I cannot help but check the forecast obsessively.
Pray for warmth! It looks like a cold spell is coming in at Christmas, so maybe a warm spell will be right behind.
Mid-morning snack was Honey Bunches of Oats. I will be so happy when our extra-large bag of this cereal is GONE!
I remembered to take my knee supplements…
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A big glob of Sabra hummus….
And a few pieces of yummy chocolate…
Back to work I go! See you later for speed sprints.
**Edited to Add**
Sharon, one of the sweetest people I’ve "met" in blog land, commented on my morning post, but I want EVERYONE to read this, so I’m posting it here.
Great job on your 5k yesterday, Caitlin! You are awesome and so inspiring to me! That is so cool that you set a new PR! I am so proud of you! I ran 13.1 miles yesterday (not a race, just on my own as preparation for my half in April). After about 9 miles, I started to feel a dull pain in my groin ( I felt kind of stiff there before I started my run, so I made sure to stretch). I pushed through it and by mile 12, it REALLY hurt! I still pushed through it. I figured I was so close that I should just go for it. So I did. What a mistake. My last 5 minutes were the worst five minutes I ever ran in my life. I felt like I had a knife in my groin and I had to take my speed down from 10 minute miles to 12 minute miles. Every step was torture! I was able to finish, but once done, I was unable walk. I am so bummed because I have never had this happen to me before. I couldn’t even go to work today because I can’t even walk from the couch to the kitchen without the aid of a crutch. I don’t know if I’ve strained or tore an adductor muscle or have a stress fracture. It happened so suddenly that I can’t imagine it’s a stress fracture, but I always think the worst.
Anyway, I really messed myself up! I think it is because I have taken on too much, too soon. I really increased my mileage and speed too quickly. So you are definitely right about taking things slow and not running such long distances day after day. Now I am unable to run 🙁 Who knows when I will be able to get back to it. So, to anybody out there, please, please give your bodies a rest. Too much mileage a week makes you very susceptible to injuries that will sideline you and mess with your training. I am so sad because I have a half scheduled in the beginning of April. I hope I will be able to do it….
Anyway, you definitely know what you’re talking about. I should’ve been smarter and taken the wise advice that you give us day after day. It is much better to run 20-25 miles a week and be able to race and continue to run rather than push 40+ miles and not even be able to walk! Hopefully, I will heal quickly, but I am definitely not running for the next 3 days at least and I will only run if I don’t have any pain. Sorry for the long post and listening to me vent. I have got to start up my own blog soon! Thanks for listening!
Sharon – DON’T FREAK OUT JUST YET! Relax, stay OFF your feet, and take some ibuprofen to reduce swelling. If you need to, visit your doctor. All long-distance runners eventually experience an injury, but it is VERY IMPORTANT to learn from your mistakes! Take it easy for as long as you need to. I’m sure you will be much better by April for your half!!!