I don’t know what I am…

Hello blog world … yes I’m still alive!  Sorry I went on a blog hiatus but I just haven’t been feeling it lately.  As the title states, I really don’t know where my head is at right now.  I can’t decide if I’m upset, angry or just dismissive of the fact that my knee is still not 100%.  As I stare at my training calendar and realize that right at this minute I should be amidst my first 20 mile run in absolutely PERFECT weather – I sit here typing this all bummed out that I can’t even get close to that distance right now.  Frankly I’m not sure what’s going to happen on marathon day if my knee doesn’t start cooperating soon.  It’s been a month since my last long run — that is NOT good.

I have been keeping up with a decent training schedule and making substitutions to keep up my cardio endurance.  I actually think that the swimming has improved that to some degree and I’ll admit that I do enjoy it.  In addition, I have the go ahead from the doc. to start really hammering down on strength training for my lower body (hips, quads, calves and ankles) because that will obviously give my knee better support.  Over the past 3 weeks, I have snuck in some runs that have been 6 miles or less….but I think (and this can shoot me in the foot) I may abandon running for the next two weeks to allow my knee to heal completely.  Mind you I’m making this decision in the height of my training when I should really be ramping up the mileage.  I also think that my “running” will have to be completed on this bad boy:

The beloved AMT.  Much harder than an elliptical (IMHO) and a great workout that doesn’t bother my knee at all.  The only problem is that there is only one of these at the gym and there is a guy that tends to hog it in the mornings (I say this as I spend 60+ min. when I’m on it!).  My goal is to get 2-3 workouts on this piece of equipment each week along with swimming and strength training.  In the past I’ve been able to incorporate 2 workouts/week on the AMT but I’m going to need to get to the gym early so I can do more than an hour (and beat the guy that hogs it – I’m so mature).

Anywho, I got my start time and bib number for NYC this week.  While I should be jumping up and down and so excited … I’m just not 😦  Please keep your fingers crossed for me that this knee will get back to normal.  Come hell or high water I am doing the marathon – I’ve invested way too much time and money to back out now!

Here’s what the training looked like for the last two weeks:

Training Week #14 (it sucked)

  • Sunday – OFF
  • Monday – OFF
  • Tuesday – 5 miles outside
  • Wednesday – 45 min swim, 15 min intervals on stairmill
  • Thursday – 4 miles outside
  • Friday – 60 min swim
  • Saturday – OFF

Training Week #15 (improvement)

  • Sunday – 6 miles outside (knee was not happy)
  • Monday – 45 min swim
  • Tuesday – 5 mile elliptical, LB strength training
  • Wednesday – 45 min swim
  • Thursday – 15 min stairmill, 25 min AMT, LB strength training
  • Friday –  45 min swim
  • Saturday – OFF

Side note about the swimming – My usual “routine” is to do one lap freestyle followed by one lap breaststroke.  It’s sort of an HIIT workout for me since I recover from the fast (for me) freestyle with a slower, control breaststroke.  I definitely feel worked afterwards!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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2 Responses to I don’t know what I am…

  1. Brit says:

    I’m really hoping to hear good news about your knee soon. It sounds like you’re doing a great job of training within the constraints that you have been given. Keep at it and keep you good attitude!

  2. Courtenay says:

    Sorry to hear you’re still having trouble, my friend. 😦 We have 4 of those new bad boys at my gym as of 2 weeks ago. I’d never seen them before. I shall try one this week.

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