As of today, I have 40 days left before running my first marathon. EEEEKKKK!!! Getting very excited, especially after my long run this past Saturday.
Tuesday – 8 miles. That was a little rough of a run. My knee did not hurt but was achey. My right calf and right hip however was hurting. I think it’s from overcompensating for my knee.
Thursday – 7 miles. Much better run. It was a tad bit cooler, no significant pain anywhere.
Saturday – 17 miles. I was a little nervous about this distance and my knee. It was wonderfully cool, my knee felt good and no pain in my calf or hip. Woohoo! I did have an amazing massage the day before..wonder if that helped? Also no stomach issues. I think the salted caramel GU gel and some gummy bears will be my race day nutrition.
If you noticed, I only trained 3 days last week. I backed off the 5 day training plan and have been trying to run at a good easy pace. I think this has been very good for my knee.
I also continue to use ice and heat on my knee after my runs. Thanks to 110% Playharder, this has become easier with the Blitz Knee Compression + Ice Sleeve. You can also heat the ice pack in the microwave, which is AWESOME! Heat, ice and compression all in one!
I also use the Clutch Tight for all over icing and compression. Since I discovered 110%, no more sitting in an ice bath! I love being able to move around while icing.
I have a lot of friends training for marathons right now, New York, Chicago, Pensacola. Are you training for a marathon, if so, which one? If not a marathon, what is your big fall race? Do you take an ice bath after long runs?