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Hi everyone. This week I focused on recovery, so there was only 1 day of running and 2 days of PT. It’s hard not to beat myself up. I am undertrained, particularly in terms of weekday miles, going into the Richmond Marathon in 3 weeks. It makes me nervous. What if I bonk? What if I’m in pain for 20 miles? What if I can’t do it? (Ok, I know I can do it, even if I have to walk).

PT: Tuesday/Thursday. So much pain. Like I have bruises from Tuesday, and took 2 advil after Thursday’s session. It hurt to sit down. I still wimper every time I have to ice my hip (which is 3 times a day).

Running: 12 miles on Saturday at an average pace of 10:49- windy and cool. I ran a pretty easy solid 6 miles at about 10 min/mile with ARRC and caught up with Courtney of EatPrayRunDC. We talked about life and races and strategy. Then I ran 6 solo miles. When I started to feel like my hip was getting tired, but before it started to give me stabby pain, I switched to intervals. So that was about 7.5 miles into the run. I would walk for a minute at every half mile marker and then run to the next marker. About mile 10-11, it started to feel sore while running. But good news! I never had the super painful stabs of pain! I think intervals will be a key part of my race day strategy.

Total mileage: 12 miles.

Next week goals: 1 cross training, run 3-4 times during the week, 2 PT sessions.

8 Thoughts on “Weekly recap: 3 Weeks Till Richmond

  1. I am rooting for you at Richmond. I hope you feel strong and have no pains!

  2. So sorry to hear about your hip 🙁 I suffer from IT band issues so I know the pain can be SO annoying!

    Even though you had less mileage this week, it’s awesome that you were able to get in 12 miles on Saturday – thats fantastic!

    The PT will really help with your injury. Good Luck and hope it gets better soon!

    • Christina on October 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm said:

      Thank you so much for the encouragement Kimberly! Even though PT is a drag, I’m hoping it will help bit by bit, not only for my upcoming race, but for future running. Short term pain for long term gain- I can do that!

  3. It’s my first time coming to your blog- but wanted to send you positive thoughts for your hip pain. I hope you have a great race at Richmond and your pain won’t come back. Good luck out there!! And it’s good to see that you’re listening to your body so you’re taking it easy on your training.

    • Christina on October 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm said:

      Thanks Eri! It’s hard to combat the worry about the race and guilt about not running, but I’ll try to hold on to the “listening to my body is a good thing”.

  4. Hang in there, PT will definitely help!

    I hate to even suggest it, but have you considered dropping down to the half marathon distance (which I’ve heard is great)? I’d hate for you to injure yourself more if you’re still having issues in a few weeks. I am rooting for you to be strong enough, and hopefully the weather will be in our favor on race day!

  5. I agree that intervals will be key for you. Also the half is really fun if need be! I’m sure it’ll be a fun girls weekend regardless 🙂

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