Monday, September 5, 2016

Heart Rate Training Week 6 (Weekly Wrap-up Edition)

Happy Labor Day!  For me this always marks the unofficial end to summer.  I'm happy to see a little cooler temps in the morning, but this time of year always makes me sad.  

First before I get into it, I want to say how excited I am about the changes for the MCM course.  It's great to see that they took an initiative on making sure that because of things out of their control, they are still going to make it a good event.  Basically MCM announced that because of the work being done on the Metro that everyone will have an hour for the start time, instead of 30 minutes.  This will allow people to get to the start with the late opening of the Metro.  They are also changing the course so that the hard cut-offs are at mile 15 & 18 instead of 17 & 21. This is good for me as I was worried about getting to these hard cut-offs.  Now I know there is very good chance that I can officially finish the course (knock on wood).

So this week didn't go very well.  Mostly because I hurt my back on Tuesday.

Monday was a great run.  Temperatures back in the upper 60's with the humidity around 80%.  I was only in Zone 4 for 31% and felt like I ran more then normal.  It was another morning where I was very grateful to be outside on such a beautiful morning.  I know not to take those mornings for granted, especially now.

Tuesday morning I slipped.  I didn't fall, but as I was catching myself I pulled my lower back.  I decided that I wasn't going to run on Wednesday, as the last thing I need right now is to miss several weeks of training.  I went to physical therapy later in the day and the main therapist was on vacation.  While the guy that worked on me did a good job, part of me thinks if the main therapist was there I'd be doing cartwheels after the appointment (though that probably isn't true).

I didn't go to the gym on Thursday and didn't run on Friday or Saturday.  I decided to take a walk on Saturday and went for about a mile, slow.  I hoped that moving a little might help, but it really didn't.  I've tried to do some stretching, but most just hurt my back.  I cannot wait till my therapist is back in the office on Tuesday.  It may be that I don't run again till Friday or even next week.  It makes me sad, but I know resting is the best thing to do right now.

P.S. I hope those that ran VA Beach had a good time.  I know it was windy, but the temps were probably the best that race has ever seen.

Have you ever missed more then a week of training?  What do you do to keep your spirits up?

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. Sorry about your back. That is good news about MCM adjusting things. That should make runners feel less stressed right from the start.

    1. Thanks! Back is starting to feel better but I'm BORED!!

  2. I thought the course changes for MCM were great too! It's great that they took the initiative to deal with the metro challenges. I hope your back feels better soon!

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your back! I hope your massage therapist gets back quickly and helps you with healing!

    Yes, I missed 2 weeks of running when I was training for my first marathon, because of a terrible cold. it was really scary, but my body could not move at all! But the marathon still got done.

    get some rest, heal properly and then pick up training again! your back will thank you!

  4. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about your slip. I wouldn't worry about a missed week (or even more) of training. I hope your therapist was able to do the trick and you are feeling better already. Thanks for linking, Heather!