Then and there I decided to not be beholden to my program and instead to “Listen To My Body”. And my body was saying take a week off because not only was my knee giving me trouble so too was my hips.
You will remember in last week’s diary I spoke about how my Long Run (Week 12: 22km) was an epic fail due to sharp pains in my right knee. Well this past week I increased my long run to my longest ever distance, 26km. I mentioned I was worried about this given the state of my knee and it turns out I had reason to be. Around 15km my knee pain was excruciating and I started walking. The worse part was that I was running on a “out and back” route so I was only 2km from my turn-around point and 11km from home. The next 11km was painful and frustrating with a run/walk that felt like it would never end.
Having endured this terrible long run I woke up Monday thinking I need to re-evaluate my training plan. I have been so strictly focused on sticking to my prescribed program I was beginning to fear that injury would prevent me from reaching my goal of my first Marathon come January 21st. Then and there I decided to not be beholden to my program and instead to “Listen To My Body”. And my body was saying take a week off because not only was my knee giving me trouble so too was my hips.
Later that day I met up with a running friend and described my situation. This friend suggested I try “horse gel”. “Well its not called that” she said. “It’s got a picture of a horse on it and the comrades logo”. She swore by it, and I was excited to give it a try. Turns out the product is called Arnica Ice Gel and I purchased some at my local Dis-Chem store that evening.
About Arnica Ice®
Arnica Ice® is indicated for use as an aid in the relief of stiffness and soreness, as well as painful muscles, tendons and joints. It is especially effective as pre- and post workout rub.
I gave the “Horse gel” a try and it has really been helping. My body has been feeling much better and on the drive home tonight I saw a couple of runners and got that urge that I really wanted to be out there pounding the pavement. So I scrapped the rest and went for a 9km run with the club. I pushed it hard (Tuesday’s are hills) so I will take at another rest day before I run again. And I will keep applying the Arnica Ice.
Even though I might not stick with my program entirely. I want to provide it here anyway. It should be noted that based on my previous poor performance the Nike+ running app was smart enough to adapt the program and scale back the load for this week. Here is what this week’s training looks like:
Week 14 (5 December – 11 December 2016)
Tuesday: Recovery 9km (with the running club)
Thursday: Recovery 6km
Sunday: Long 21km
I have decided not to do the Pollsmoor 10km as a race when injured is never a good idea. I am disappointed that I won’t get to challenge my 10km PB but I have to think big picture which is getting healthy and injury free so I can run a sub 5 hour marathon at Red Hill and qualify for my first Two Oceans.
Anyway, race well all.
Cheers! – theCapeRunner
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