So I've been pretty hard on my body lately, and today it started crying for mercy.
Today I set out for my first run since Friday's 20-miler. The weather actually resembled fall. I set out and tried to ignore the ache in my right quad that returned yesterday. I can't make sense of it... It cleared up on Thursday, I didn't feel it during the run, and then it was a few days post-20 miles that it started aching again.
I got to the halfway mark and did some light stretching since my muscles were warm. It seemed to help. I finished the second half faster than the first half, finishing 5 miles with an overall time of 46:57. I'll take it. I want my mid-week runs to be easy on my weeks with super long runs like this one.
However, my ankles were also bothering me a bit. No scary knot like I had on Friday... but enough that I felt like I needed to ice both of them along with my achy quad. Thus, the above pictures. Of course, Tucker had to get in on the icing action, too.
I think I'm going to really take it easy the rest of the week and hit up yoga class on Thursday. I took the Arms and Abs class today after my run to get some good strength training in... my upper body was feeling a little left out.
I knew this week would be tough. Last week, this week and week after next are my highest mileage training weeks before my marathon in Memphis in December. I don't want to overdue so I'm trying to take it easy and listen to my body. These high mileage weeks are always tough and lead to some aches and pain.
Still... I can't wait until after I finish the November 8th marathon because then I can officially start tapering and let my body have several weeks to recover before Memphis.
PS - Yes, I do have on hot pink socks. I always buy those rainbow pack of socks to have for wearing around the house.