If you haven’t tuned in for awhile, you may not know that I am currently taking a break from running. I haven’t successfully run more than two miles since September 17…yikes! It started in my shin, and while my shin feels better now, something is weird with my knee. My form isn’t correct at all, and it would be impossible to get through any sort of mileage without lots of pain and slow, slow, slow running. Basically, it wouldn’t be constructive at all, and I’d probably ruin my shot at the Philadelphia Marathon. So, I’m riding a bike for now.
I’ve never really had to deal with any major injuries in my running career. This is a pretty good feat, as I’ve been running since the seventh grade (circa 1997…check out my running story!). That’s a long time to go without any major injuries, so I think I’m pretty lucky. Every now and then my shins would hurt at the end of cross country season (and there was that one time when I ended my season during marching band practice…but I guess I tried to keep that out of my mind!), but overall, no major problems. I’ve always been a runner and never much of a cross trainer, so I’m a bit at a loss of what to do. The gym that I signed up for doesn’t open until November, so that doesn’t help me much now! I would totally jump in the pool and such if I could. For now, I am stuck riding the bike that I borrowed from the Rocket Scientist’s parents.
I have no clue how to bike. Sure, I rode my bike all the time when I was younger. I was known for riding around the neighborhood, asking my friends to join me on a bike ride and we would ride and go play on local playgrounds for hours. Those were the days. Anyway. Not for speed or a workout or anything. I don’t even know what a “good” bike workout is, what gears to be in, how far to ride to attempt to simulate marathon training (although never a real comparison), etc.
Any insight would be lovely! I know there are bloggers out there who faced similar situations. Help this non-biker runner out!
I took the bike out for a spin yesterday and didn’t hate it too much, so I took it out again today. I was a bit jealous biking by anyone who was running…it made me so sad! I’ll be back there soon, I hope. At least I’m getting in some cardio. Here are my stats from garmin, even though I have no clue what they really mean or if they’re really any good at all!
Monday, September 28
13.51 miles in 1:03:01, avg pace of 4:40 (12.9 mph)
Monday’s ride was on the local trail where I run, which has minimal hills. Is 12.9 an okay pace? Beats me. Although I was thinking about it, and I was riding about as fast as the top male marathoners run. That kind of made me sad…
Tuesday, September 29
10.02 miles in 43:25, avg pace of 4:20 (13.9 mph)
HILLS ON THIS ROUTE. I’m not sure which I like less…running up hills or biking up hills. Neither one is particularly pleasant, although it is definitely more fun to bike down the hills! I was flying on some parts…woo!
Yowza! Rolling out your IT band is painful! I was going through the exercises on the DVD that the foam roller came with, and I kept thinking “oh, this isn’t too bad.” Then we got to the IT band…gahhh what pain! I guess that means it’s working??
Time for some mental preparation for work…I had a good night last night and actually got out on time, but I’m always scared to go into work to find out that I missed something or that I made a mistake and didn’t realize it or something. It happens…although I wish it didn’t…