I woke up this morning and everything hurt: back, arms, neck, shoulders, quads, hamstrings, calves! What???? What's going on?
Most of you probably know that we've got hit with a blizzard this past weekend. I am one of the weird people who loves blizzards. I love watching people's reactions, the lines in the grocery stores (hm, do you really need all that meat and icecream if you are concerned about losing power? how about some canned goods?), the snow, the enthusiasm expressed by kids, and, I confess, the anxiety about the car that my hubby experiences when the weather gets bad (mean, I know!).
On Saturday I had 14 miles planned. The gym was closed. At 11 am a snowplow finally made it up a hill and onto my street. I was antsy. I was cranky. Petru was busy making tunnels in the snow with his friends. I shoveled for about 1 hour and made a path to the street. Then Chris sent me out for a run. I reluctantly left thinking I might walk/run for 30 min or so. I ended up running 10 miles @ maybe 7:40 pace in the middle of the perfectly plowed main road (driving was banned on Saturday!). The wind was evil, 30MPH with 50MPH gusts, so 5 miles felt like running uphill, but the next 5 miles were effortless. I am estimating the pace here because I did not wear a watch. I felt much happier when I was done, and managed a bit of backyard sledding too!
On Sunday the driving ban was lifted and I knew there would be no way I could run on the narrow roads. Plus, I wanted to do a bit of quality running. So, I went to the gym. I decided to do 3x5K by HR, since I know TMs are different from the road. I ran the intervals @ 6:46, 6:40 and 6:35, but ended up with one hand on the rail most of the time for balance. I know that is "bad", but it was really the only way for me, because otherwise I would oscillate from touching the front of the TM band to almost being spilled out of the TM. My HR was around my planned HM HR, so I am fine with the run. Then more sledding in the afternoon:)
Back to this morning....sore, sore, sore. I can't bend down (that's the pain from shoveling). My quads in particular are super sore. Oh, and I had to run another session on the TM. Today I had 5x2K @ 10K pace, as part of a 10 mile run. I decided on the pace based on HR, and pushed the last 2 a bit to. For some reason the 2Ks (6:22 to 6:10 pace for the last one) seemed easier to me that then 5K intervals, even though the pace was faster. Hmmm, now I can barely walk. Ha!
This brings me to my conclusion that TM running is different than road running. Dahhh!I mean, last Monday I ran 5x1K @ 5:35-5:50 on the road and did not even feel the run the next day. I ran a nice progression immediately the next day and I was fine. I read that the TM overworks the quads and does not engage the hamstrings but my quads and my hamstrings are now sore. Still, I have to say that I agree now that running intervals on the TM is easier mentally and I might incorporate it in the future.
I am not worried, of course. I will be fine, and perhaps this new training stimulus will help. The bike path is now plowed and I am hoping that the rain that we are getting now is not going to make it more appropriate for skating than for running. I have my last important run on Thursday morning and would really like to be able to do it outside! Will see!
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