Week of July 22, 2012:
Saturday: 8-minute morning run + 2x20 second sprints + Bike ride for groceries
Total minutes run this week: 88
Week of July 29, 2012:
Sunday: Long run (45 minutes)
Tuesday: Short morning run (20 minutes)
Wednesday: Bike ride for groceries
Thursday: Short morning run (20 minutes)
Whew! This update is lengthy because I’ve been so excited about races that I haven’t posted a work-out update in about a week. In short, things are going well. It’s hot as Hades down here now, so I’m doing my best to run in the morning as early as possible. On Sunday, I definitely got out later than I would have liked, and I paid the price. The run that day was hard, and I didn’t feel terrific. But I was able to find a rhythm and enjoy some of that meditative running during my work-out. I really, really wished that I had brought water with me because I was so parched at the end (and I ended at a nearby park, not at my apartment), but I did manage to make it home without incident.
Because summer in Texas is such a challenging time for running, I have low expectations for my summer running. My main goal is to build the base, to get some miles under my feet so I can head into fall stronger and faster. I do think I’m accomplishing that, so I’m okay with slow, sloggy miles during these hot, hot days. Unfortunately, this week I noticed that my tailbone feels very tender, and certain sitting positions hurt. This happens to me sometimes when I’m running more miles, and I have been known to retreat to the elliptical machine to get a running-like work-out without the pounding.
I feel pretty confident that it’s just some minor bone bruising from running and possibly from sitting on my bum while biking. So I didn’t really break my butt, but I will be monitoring it to make sure the pain doesn’t get worse. If it does, I may hit the elliptical to buy myself some healing time. We’ll see!