Thanks to Nemo, this week's long run was on Sunday again. It was also another midday run- and apparently, I didn't learning anything from last week. I was shoving food in my mouth as I jumped on the subway for a glorious run in the snow covered Central Park. At least this time I remembered to charge this! I shot for 10 miles and wish I would've stuck to the plan of 8.
Apparently nothing wanted to work in the cold temps. Around Mile 4, everything needed a reboot- my iPod wouldn't start, my gymboss went crazy and my right knee really wanted me to know it existed. The left one didn't want to be left out, so it wouldn't miss a beat as soon as the right would feel better. And to top it off, man, does endurance disappear quick! I felt like I had done at least 18. That fact was also a big mantra of the day- "at least it's not 18. at least it's not 18". Along with "I am so ready for a break" and "Why am I doing this?!". I also came to realize that I've been blessed with (for the most part) pain-free running for awhile, so I didn't beat myself up too much for walking when my knee refused to allow me to do anything faster. I was going to stop around mile 8 because of it, but being that I set the course 10 miles from where I left my bags, I had no choice but to finish.
I blamed the cold weather and the possibility that I need new shoes, but once consulting with twitter MD (NOT suggested a real way to diagnosis! but other runners are always a good sounding board) it turned out I'm 99% positive it's my IT Band- because along with endurance, my maintenance has gone with the wind apparently. I couldn't remember the last time I foam rolled (Hi Baby! I love you ;) and when I did- Yowsers!! Ding Ding Ding! Looks like that's what I'll be focusing on during the taper!
Thank goodness no more long runs until the big day! I am beyond ready for a real break from running- not just a couple of weeks for recovery. Here's hoping I still feel that way after the race!
How do you know when you're ready for a break from running?