Let's talk about how my running is going because for the last 4 and a half or so months you have come here and read about me whining about my right quad. It seemed to get better and then worse and then better and then worse. Waa waa waa.
Suddenly I went to a Ragnar Relay in Colorado and TA DA it feels better. I can spit out 23.49 miles with an average pace of 8:30 something. WHY? I don't have any real clear cut answers, but I do have a little bit of a theory. Let's go through it point by point.
Part A Old News
- April 28 I run Peaks to Prairie. 9.4 miles downhill mostly at a record (for me) pace and felt amazing doing it.
- Cue the soreness and a week of doing too much capped off with a 9 mile trail run that resulted in right quad (here after known as RQ) cramping and getting a pretty serious strain.
- I spend the next 8 weeks taking it easy. (Boring, frustrating, and not my style)
- I volunteer to take the longest legs on the Colorado Ragnar (am I crazy?)
- I have weeks and weeks of good and bad runs.
- I try a fast workout..and RQ responds by feeling worse.
- I take it easy and it starts to feels better but there is still a niggle in my RQ that comes up whenever I push too hard, sleep on my right side, or run more than a couple miles. I hate it.
- I buy a kettlebell and out of the blue decide to try some super deep squats with it. I do 25 and decide I probably shouldn't over do it since it was bothering RQ.
- I spend the next three days with a lot of DOMS in RQ and the left quad feels normal. Ragnar is 5 days away. Yikes! Did I just make it worse.
- Try to run 3 miles 3 days out from Ragnar, RQ is still very sore. Remain outwardly calm and start freaking out.
- Rest rest rest, roll, stretch, etc
- Get ready for first leg of Ragnar. Inwardly freaking out, what is my RQ going to do? The DOMS is gone, and it feels okay, but what did I do to it with those squats?!! Am I going to hate myself for taking on 22 miles in this relay?
- Start running a little cautiously. It feels good. Keep running, RQ still feels good. It feels great sure I am running downhill but I am running 7:3ish pace and it feels amazing.
- Run with my arms wide open with tears streaming down my face because I finally feel that joy again that comes with running like it is supposed to feel.
- I seriously had to fight the urge to sit down and cry it just felt so good. (tell me you know the feeling)
And I may have broke a toe on my right foot. Not bad enough to keep me from running, but bad enough that when I stubbed it today while running I thought I was going to have to call my husband to come and get me. Once the throbbing died down a bit though I found I could run again.
Sorry for the ugly toe picture, this was Friday, the day after I hurt it while working out in my living room. Klutzy move nothing more and I was rolling on the floor clutching at my foot cussing.
Is my RQ back to normal? I don't think it is back to 100% yet but I did do an 8 mile run over the weekend and a 5 mile tough trail run this morning and no niggles.
My plan from here includes a 6 mile race and a half marathon in October. No PR goals for either race, just to do them and feel good.
Nothing to do with my quad, but I found this large piece of petrified wood in the hills yesterday and hauled it a very long way back to the truck.
|from today's run. a stop for Cola to get a drink|