Friday, August 22, 2014
Long Run on Treadmill: approx 100 minutes
My Achilles have been feeling better and I woke up with no pain. Ok, pain in my quads from 50 minutes on the exercise bike yesterday. It finally came in yesterday!!!! Anyways, I was feeling good so I decided to do a longer run on the treadmill. I rubbed in some absorbing jr, and taped my Achilles with KT tape and set out to do my run. No incline on the treadmill and at a speed slightly slower than normal. The first 3 miles went well and I walked for a minute after each mile. At 3.5 miles, I was feeling good and I continue to feel good all the way to the end. After 3.5 miles, I again decrease the speed (a little) and continue to run for approx a mile and walk a minute. When the Achilles were feeling slightly tight, I'd run for 5 minutes and walk for 30 seconds before resuming my run. Overall, I felt great and no real pain on my Achilles. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Before my Achilles got bad last time, I had a great run and paid for it the next day....so time will tell and I'm hoping I don't wake up with pain tomorrow!!! Either way, I'm still going to take it easy and not over do it before the half marathon.... I just did not want to go a month running at a low mileage every week and worry about my endurance for the race. Now having done 10 miles, I can feel good about it.
Yesterday, I decided that I was going to book the hotel room for another night. Originally, I had planned on coming home after the race. With check out at 11:00, it would not leave me little time to get back to the hotel for check out. To eliminate the stress, I am staying another night. This way, I can enjoy the race and post race activities and not have to worry about rushing back. I will now have plenty of time to take a shower and ice down my Achilles and take a nap afterwards, if necessary! Perhaps a bit of sight seeing and maybe the after party that night. We'll see! I'm glad it's coming together. I want to make this event as stress free as possible and really have a fun and rewarding experience. 2 weeks...yikes! I can't wait:)