NYCMarathon Training : Week 7
Monday - Cross Training - REST DAY. The ribs were feeling better with every day that passed and since I could not think of a cross-training routine that would utilize other muscles I passed.
Tuesday – 4 Miles - Got this one in before work as usual. The run went ok, a little bit difficult to breathe on the first mile but I was able to keep the pace slow and low. 4 miles @ 8:59 pace. Overall, breathing felt better than the 9 mile run, progress!
Tuesday Night – No way I could do Yoga.
Wednesday – 7 Miles - I read an article on Active.com Monday night that stressed the benefits of low intensity running. They defined low intensity as an exertion level in which you could hold a conversation so I used that as a baseline for my breathing. I think I over did it a little on this run, I really never felt like I was even close to laboring and eventually it got really boring. I did speed up just a little on the last mile because I wanted the run to be over. 7.1 miles @ 9:02 pace. I will be focusing on finding the right balance of boredom and intensity but I will definitely not be hitting the moderate intensity zone until the ribs are healed. Oh! Remember a few weeks back how I mentioned a few milestones that were on the horizon…welllllll….
Wednesday Night – Caught up with some of my old friends that I hadn’t seen in years over a great Dodger game!
Thursday – 4 Miles - Thursday will likely be buddy day because there is really no downside of going his pace as mentioned above. The only drawback of running with him is that he can’t run in the mornings so that means evening runs after work. No big deal for the most part but Thursday evening was HOT, high 80′s with hot roads and no shade (I didn’t have time to hit the trails). The run was fine for the first mile and a half but it started to get to my buddy after that and soon he was having a real tough time breathing. It’s amazing how running slower than normal is really taxing physically. I was having a difficult time at his pace and the heat was getting to me. I was happy when this one ended. Next time we make it to the trail no matter what. No real chest or rib pain to report, breathing almost normal. 4.1 miles @ 9:34 pace.
Friday - REST - Gladly. OHHHH but wait, get ready for some stupidity. I decided that since my body was feeling pretty good that I would go golf. Um, yeah, you read that right…why do I feel the need to test limits? I convinced myself I could practice half swings and on swinging lightly. Pretty much I made every “rational” point in the process of why it would be ok. I played a pitch + putt which means that each hole is somewhere between 90 -130 yards so I really didn’t have to take full swings. For the most part it was fine, there were three swings that felt uncomfortable. Golf has a lot of subconscious control over the body and when it decided to add a little power to the swing it didn’t feel good. Mentally it improved my mood but in hindsight, probably a
little lot stupid. The only thing I will say is I felt good after 9 holes and almost decided to play 18 but chose not to test my luck and walk away, so at least there is that.
Saturday – 7 Miles - I decided to sleep in on Saturday (7:30 am) since I only had 7 miles on tap (yes, my mentality has completed shifted back to distance running again). I woke up feeling well, no added pain from my lapse in judgement the night before, so that was good. In order to get 7 on the trail without major elevation I had to choose a new starting point. This is actually a good thing because it meant new scenery for the most part and more shade. A late start made the run fairly warm but it really didn’t effect me until the last mile. The ribs felt ok, I wasn’t breathing hard at any point and if I felt like I needed to stop and walk then I did. The only challenge was slight dehydration towards the end of the run. In other words, once I got to the car I chugged about 30 ounces of water and it took me a while to cool down. 7 miles @8:27 pace. I really didn’t feel like I was pushing the pace but I did walk a couple of times to slow down my breathing and was concentrating on not going too fast. I guess I found a good rhythm or I was pushing it more than I thought because the pace was much faster than I wanted, probably the latter. After the run I headed to lunch at one of my old favorite lunch spots in Los Angeles.
Sunday –14 Miles - The heat was going to hit as soon as the sun did so I was proactive and did my water drop on Saturday night. I dropped two bottles, one at just past mile 6 (with a Clif Shot) and the other at around mile 11. I had woke up at 6:40am but ended dragging ass until about 7:30. Does anyone else procrastinate by doing a bunch of pointless low priority things around the house? When I stepped out the door I realized that it was hot, already in the low 70′s at 7:30, I was preparing myself for a bonk at the end. The fear of the bonk was great because it kept me in my low intensity zone the entire run. I was feeling so good at mile 4 that when I received a text message I decided to call the person back to talk. I mean hey, they say you have to be in the low intensity zone to talk and run right…might as well test it out. It was a complete success, the person didn’t even know I was running until I told them about a minute into the conversation. At mile 7 I grabbed my water and gel pack, walked for about 20 seconds while I drank and then got back to it. At around mile 11 I started to get thirsty and was thankful I had made a water drop there. Everything was going well until around mile 13 and then I started to get that feeling of wanting the run to be over. With about a half mile left I started to feel this odd sensation in my rib, it felt like there was hinging going on in my rib, it didn’t hurt, it just felt odd. I kept running because there was no pain but once I finished and cooled down I felt the muscles start to stiffen and become slightly painful. Completed 14.25 miles @ 8:47 pace. After my run I went about my day, hit the farmers market and then headed over to my parents house. By the time I reached my parents house (about 3 hours after my run) I decided I needed to ice my ribs because of the discomfort. It didn’t hurt as bad as the initial injury but I was back to not being able to take full breathes and restricted movement. Either I aggravated the injury or created a new one. I have no idea what to do now and although I am confident I can run right now if I wanted to the paranoid side is thinking that I should probably take some extra time off and/or see a doctor
Summary : Maybe the injury is affecting my brain. Golfing was a stupid idea and I probably should’ve neglected all social engagements in favor of rest. I am actually getting scared and don’t want to go to the doctor because I do not want to hear a worst case scenario that would require me to stop training. Best case scenario I have a minor injury and I will be fine and I will get the clearance to keep going. Worst case I have a bruised/cracked rib and I possibly punctured my lung on my long run and would need to stop running for a few weeks thus causing me to stop training all together and cancel New York. The strangest part is I really do feel “ok”. Yes, there is discomfort and some pain (every now and then) but for the most part I feel fine. I have obviously read way too much about things online and realize that Tony Romo (football) had bruised ribs and a punctured lung and was able to play A FOOTBALL GAME the next week. On the other hand Patrice Bergeron (hockey) had a cracked rib and punctured lung that forced him to stop playing in the NHL Finals. So I understand that it is entirely possible to keep training but the odd feeling on Sunday made me slam on the breaks and think about what I could potentially be doing by not taking complete rest. I know the smart thing is to rest so I am pondering not doing any of my midweek runs and resting in hopes that I will feel better and be able to go on with my weekend runs. The other option is going to the hospital, having them take X-Rays and tell me I am fine and that I can run or I can’t. I am so disappointed with everything right now especially because I really feel like if this hadn’t happened my training would be going so much better than I would’ve ever anticipated. Everything else on my body feels fantastic.
PS – on a lighter note…if you use Spotify, I made a playlist on the right —–>