I had a bad week for running. I actually did not run. I have not run since last Saturday. Eight days since my last run. I have an injury. I have IT Band Syndrome. I have done a lot of RICE. Today was the first major workout I have done since the IT band problems surfaced last Saturday. I do not have the pain I was experiencing all week. I don't feel 100% so that is why I have done any running. I do not want to risk any more problems with the marathon so close. I will hopefully start running this coming Saturday. I know not running for two weeks is not great but I can't risk feeling as bad as I have this past week.
I bought a foam roller which has helped tremendously. I have also been doing a lot of stretching. This week I will focus on low impact exercise with a lot of stretching. When I do start running again it will be smaller distances. I don't know if I will get another 20 mile run in before the race. In my head I don't really plan on doing anything more than 12-13 miles. No ideal but I would be devastated if I could not run this marathon. I have been training since Christmas. I put too much time and effort into this to risk greater injury. I am going to be smart about my training for the next month.
I am extremely nervous about this marathon especially with some unexpected injuries. I am going to be smart.
On Monday I started my new job at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as the Director of the Wellness Center. It was a crazy week trying to figure everything out and getting started. I am still very green but I will hopefully fit in very well. The Center is new and I am the first Director. It is a little disorganized now but I hope to get everything in order. It is also hard because there is only two weeks left of classes and then one week of finals before summer hours begin.
I did get most of my running. On Friday I was suppose to do 7 miles but only did 5 miles. Yesterday (Saturday), was my long run. I had 20 miles scheduled. I hate numbers right now so I figured I would do 3 hours. I did fine but after the run has been hard. I tweaked my left knee. It has been sore ever since. No idea what I did. After I stopped running my knee started bothering me. I have elevated, iced, heated, and took some Tylenol. I may take it very easy this week with little exercise and what I do is very low impact. A little nervous having this injury at the end of the training. My knee is not really swollen but still not feeling very good.
One problem for my knee is I have not really rested my knee. I have played golf the past two days and went for walk. I really need to take it easy.
The final round of the Masters was today. I am a huge golf fan. It was a great tournament with a great finish. I am also excited because the next Major I will be in attendence. I am going to the U.S. Open at Congressional in June. I will be on site Wednesday for the practice round and Thursday for the first round.
I am hoping for a good week with a quick recovery of my knee!
The last two weeks have been crazy. I ran a 30K, finished one job, went on a mini-vacation to Washington D.C., started a new job. It has been crazy but fun.
Last Thursday (March 31), I finished my job as the Health and Wellness Director at the Penn Hills YMCA. I then moved some stuff back to Johnstown so that night I could go to a local musical and out with some friends. The next morning I did a run and then traveled to Washington D.C. for the weekend. I went to visit a close friend and see the cherry blossoms. I then came back to Johnstown to start my new job. My first day was yesterday (April 4). The first week as with all jobs is just getting to know the place. I took a position wit the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as the Director of the Wellness Center.
I have been able to run. On Saturday morning I was able to run through D.C. for y 8 mile run. I got to run by all the monuments and the cherry blossoms before the craziness of the tourists began. It was a beautiful morning for a run. It was fun to do a run in a different city. Not the same old run. That afternoon, I got to spend some time with a very close friend who took me around the cherry blossoms, Georgetown, Union Station, and many stops in between. We walked everywhere. Loved being able to walk everywhere. We had to do some dodging of the weather. One minute it would be sunny and beautiful, then the next wind, rain, hail. It was crazy. A little cool but not too bad. Sunday was my rest day. I spent the morning in D.C. and then headed home.
My first day of work was good. Just learning the ropes. I was able to run yesterday evening in the new Wellness Center. The weather here has been crazy too. Yesterday was warm and then had some storms. Today is cold with a lot of winda nd snow. You never know with this weather.
The semester at UPJ is winding down. Not too much to plan for right now but I will soon be getting ready for the summer and then the fall rush. Just getting my feet wet before really getting into the work thing.