First off, have I mentioned how grateful I am of everyone's advice/comments?? Thanks again SO MUCH to everyone. Your encouraging words and advice mean more to me than you will ever know.
Yesterday was a crazy day. Mentally, I felt ready for the 11 mile run. Physically, I was still dealing with tight muscles from Friday's run...and I was also coming down with a bit of a sore throat. Then I went to yoga....(a few of you have asked about my lunch time classes -yoga & muscle conditioning- and they are offered here at my work - one of the perks of working for corporate America - we have a fitness center equipped with locker rooms, showers, etc right here at work)...and suddenly, for the first time in about a week, my left calf felt fine. 100% completely fine. It was a miracle, lol. I also stopped by the nurse's office (yes, we have a nurse too) to get some medicine for the drainage I was experiencing. 3:00 rolled around and I was feeling good...so off we went to the downtown airport for our run.
When we got there, I told the girls I was not going to do the full 11 miles. I planned to at least do the first loop, and then maybe the second, but that would probably be it. So we headed off for the first loop - 3.6 miles. During the first loop, we got told by airport personnel that they had construction going on and that they preferred that we did not go back between the baracades, so that altered our route a bit after the first loop. We stopped at 3.6 miles for a drink, stretch, and power gel and then headed off to run the east side and back. At 6.5 miles, we had a quick drink and stretch and I felt like I had a few more miles in me so we ran the other side of the loop and back. At our last fuel break, we were at 9 miles. At this point, I was just thinking "what's another 2 more miles?" So we set out for our final 2 miles.
Sooooo....11 miles: accomplished! And once again, NO WALKING. The run went really well and I really didn't have much pain during the run.
Today, however, is a different story. My left calf is definitely angry with me. Mainly, it just feels sore and fatigued. I'm moving very slowly today. My legs are tired and stiff...and I have another black toe. :( Ouch. I also still have some minor congestion that could turn into something, but I don't feel any worse than I felt yesterday. In fact, as far as that goes, I feel a bit better.
Not sure if I'll be making it to muscle conditioning today. I think my muscles need a break. I already rubbed aspercreme on them this morning and I'll be hitting up the icy hot when I get home. I iced my calves last night and stretched a TON and I've been taking naproxen, but I'm not sure if much can be done to aleviate the pain I'm feeling right now. But at least I have a break from long runs now until race day, which is 10 days away. All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. I just wish I was recovering from a long run at home and not at work. Oh well...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009: yoga, 11.4 mile run