Its been a busy few days and I'm happy to report I am back running with no ITB pain. I have slowly ramped up the mileage this week and everything seems fine. The new shoes are taking some breaking in, but I think they are OK. I miss my Saucony Paramounts though, so I think I will buy a second pair of those. I ran a very slow recovery driven (although it didn't feel recovery like) 22K with a running friend this morning. Although the Sun was shining and we were running very slow, I had moments of Vertigo. Weird. I don't know what caused it. I feel fine now, so I don't think I am sick. I have been short on sleep this week so maybe that's it. It was also my first non-track/treadmill run in a few weeks.
The plan when I got home was to take an ice bath (Aron, you inspired me), but I wussed out and had a hot eucalyptus Epsom salt bath instead. Meh. Next time I guess. It's hard to want to jump into ice when you've just been running in it.
You may wonder why I ran 22K the day before a race. I ultimately decided that this half marathon tomorrow isn't an 'A' race, so I want to make sure I get at least 40 miles in this week to prepare for Shamrock, my goal race. I also have another half marathon the following weekend, so I thought it might be interesting to see how my body races without tapering. And I made sure I ran slow, so I think I could still have a decent run, maybe not a PB, but a solid tempo-ish run.
Great plan, right?
One teeeennnny problem, there is a snow storm that started early this evening and its supposed to go into the afternoon tomorrow. About a 10-15cm dumping of snow is expected. I hate running on snowy roads, and I don't want to risk injury, so I might have to really scale it back tomorrow. Its also an hour and a half drive to the race, so if the roads are really bad, I may not run it. I hate to throw away that race entry fee, but that's a gamble you take when you register for a winter race. Maybe it won't be so bad. The snow is melting as it hits the pavement now, so I will reassess in the am. Fingers crossed. I could care less about the cold, but I don't like running (fast) on slick roads.
I hope you are all having a great weekend. I need to catch on blog comments, I have been sneaking some reads with little chance to comment. Thanks for reading