Writing training logs when you are injured… stinks. Maybe that’s why I waited so long into the new month to write this (a whopping 6 days). I thought maybe I would have good news to share. October started off great and then slowly became not as great.
Miles run: 280 miles
Range of Paces: 6:14-20:30-untimed
Rest days: 6
Swimming: 29.16 miles
The month can be divided into before injury and after injury. I had a great race at RnR San Jose on the first day of the month. It was redemption after a not great 2022 race. I ran a 7:02 paced half on a long course. I thought I am finally getting into some sort of fitness. I was second overall at the Aquarium of the Pacific 5k where I took it out in a 6:14 mile but couldn’t hold on due to the very hilly second and third mile. I couldn’t believe I was even second. Then I ran the Long Beach half the day after on tired legs and averaged a 7:22 pace. Honestly, training was going well and I was feeling really good about the upcoming marathon (CIM). I thought maybe a sub 3:20 was in reach. The last race of the bunch was the Space Rocks trail half marathon where I finished 4th overall. With 3000 feet elevation gain, it was hard, but honestly, I could not care less about time in trail races.
On Tuesday, October 24th, I woke up with immense sciatic pain. It wasn’t after a run; I just got out of bed and immediately I was like, holy crap. Back and sciatic pain is what knocked me out of running for 2 months about 2 years ago, so I was fairly worried that it was a similar case here, and honestly, it still might be.
Looking back at my training, it’s easy to see this likely wasn’t an “I just woke up and I have no idea what happened” kind of moment. The week between Long Beach and Space Rocks, I did not feel great. Not injured, but every run just felt hard. My legs felt very tired, and I even said to someone, “I might be on the brink of an injury.” Yet, I still ran. My guess is Space Rocks was the final push that locked up a bunch of muscles in my hip and back.
I’ve been seeing Rich at VFE Enrichment to try and unlock my hip. That Tuesday when I got out of bed, I couldn’t stand, sit, walk, or do anything without shooting sciatic pain down my leg. Right now, I can walk, sit, stand, swim 100% pain-free, but the moment I try and run the pain comes back.
I rented a lever system (-45 pounds body weight) and have been running about 3 miles on that, but I don’t really love it. In fact, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I think it drastically changes my form. So TBD.
All of that to say, I have no idea if CIM is in my future. I’ve already missed 3 long runs, and since I don’t really have a marathon base I don’t know if it’s a great idea to run. I’ve only run a few marathons, and I don’t really want to finish just to finish. I would rather rest up and get a good base for the Los Angeles marathon in March. We will see though, if I can run Richmond half on Nov 10 then I’ll consider CIM; if I can’t, then I know that it’s not a good idea.
Finally, being injured I have swam more than usual this month but I can’t get to the pool every day with my work schedule.
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Questions for you:
How was your month of training?
What are you training for?