Training, April 28-May 4

Monday: 5.23 mi in 51 min, 9:50 pace. Two days prior, I ran 6 miles and it felt awful, but I’m guessing the French toast I had that day wasn’t a good pre-run breakfast. This run felt great!

Tuesday: Body R+D Pilates Megaformer, 50 min. Feel the burn! So much burn! Then I Divvy’d home.

Wednesday: Planned to run, skipped it for happy hour. #YOLO

Thursday: Yoga, 1 hour. Free class at the office.
Thursday PM: 5.01 mi in 51 min, 10:10 pace. Pretty much the same route as Monday, but this felt like so much work. Although I had stomach issues later in the evening, so maybe something was up. Luckily the stomach issues didn’t last.

Friday: Rest. Met a new baby.

Saturday: 8.58 mi in 1:37, 11:17 pace. Gorgeous day in Chicago! I set out around 12noon and was immediately worried I waited too long and it would be warm. Luckily it was cooler by the lake. However, I’m having issues with my left knee. It’s mostly fine while I’m running, but starting/stopping running is a little bit painful. Runner’s World and BFF Ultra Vera have suggested some exercises I should do, so I’ll do those and take a break from running for a few days, and see what happens.

Sunday: Rest. Planned to do a recovery run, but skipped thanks to the knee. Now would have been a great time to have access to an indoor pool. (Who am I kidding? I didn’t get out of my pjs all day.)

Total miles running: 18.8
Total time all: 5hr, 24min

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Nice to meet you, baby. 

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Told you Saturday was gorgeous

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Saturday night at Lucha VaVOOM – masked Mexican wrestling and burlesque. Totally entertaining. The masked fellow in our pic is actually a friend, not a luchador from the show. 

Have you ever dealt with pain in your kneecap? Specifically as you start running, or right after you stop? Tell me about it.

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7 Comments on “Training, April 28-May 4”

  1. I’m having that same kneecap pain! Luckily it’s time for me to taper for my half in two weeks, otherwise I’d be pretty worried. My plan is yoga, ice, rest, and ibuprofen.

  2. I haven’t had the pain right on the kneecap, but I am familiar with the stopping and starting bugging it, well, during the run. Was it starting the run then ending it that bugged it, or stops during or both?

    1. As soon as I stopped running, my kneecap hurt – like, if I was stopping at a water fountain, those first few steps of walking once my gait slowed down, or at the very end of my run when I switched from running to walking. After maybe 100 feet, it wasn’t terrible and it got better as I kept walking. And then the inital takeoff when I would start running again hurt, although I was starting to figure out how to shift my weight to avoid pain on takeoff (like if I had to stop and wait for the light to change). I noticed when we were out later in the evening, that anytime I needed to shift my speed (like if we were dashing across the street), I had a little pain. So, basically it seems that changing my pace from walking to running or running to walking causes pain.

  3. Very cute baby! And so sorry to hear about the knee pain. I’ve had a lot of knee pain in my own running life, but it sounds different from yours. I’ve had an ongoing dull aching pain right below my kneecap. Mine is attributable to ITBS – and I’ve been prescribed lots of hip strengthening exercises and stretching. I hope that those exercises that RW and Vera prescribed do help you out!!! And yes for wishing there was easier access to an indoor pool…

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