Despite not running at all since I had pain in my foot last Tuesday, I still have managed to get in some great training this past week. Thankfully there were no ill effects to my peroneal tendonitis while biking or swimming, so I've taken this opportunity to get a lot of swimming and biking in…though I'd rather the weather was nice enough to allow me to actually go outside and ride my bike instead of being locked on the trainer. We've been well below freezing this past week and even woke up to snow this morning. Have I complained about this winter much?
My poor bike just wants to put some rubber on the road instead of just sitting in front of the TV spinning her wheels…well, wheel. Soon enough, I hope.
The swimming is going well and my confidence in the pool is growing. I am now up to 1500m sessions, just under a mile and only a quarter mile off the swim required for a Half Ironman race. I finish up feeling strong and knowing I could keep going, and my times are slowing improving as well.
The Swim-a-Mile app I've been using has been great for me as a beginner swimmer…there are plenty of programs and plans available out there, but most of them make no sense to me at all. They are laced with swim jargon and can be quite intimidating for a newbie. The Swim-a-Mile app is as basic as it gets…swim this distance this many times and rest this long in between. So easy to understand, and helps you build not only a good base, but the confidence and desire to do more.
As far as my foot goes, I've relied on the advice I found on the Athletes treating Athletes site. I've been resting, icing, stretching, using a tennis ball (everyone rolls a tennis ball with their foot under their desk at work right? Totally normal), anti-inflamitories, I've taped once (it didn't hold) and I should be foam rolling but still haven't. The foot is feeling much better and is nearly pain free. Every now and then I feel it when I'm walking, so I'm still not going to chance a run. At the most I may try a short 5K on Friday to see how it feels going into the Around the Bay 30K race on Sunday. I just want to get through the run without hurting anything…no time goals this time.
So another week off of running means another week of swimming and biking…I'll be off to the Y at lunch to get a swim in and then the challenge will be to get back to the office without freezing my butt off. Apparently wet hair has the ability to freeze in this lovely Spring weather even if you have your winter hat on…
|Fri||bike trainer 26.5K|
|Sat||bike trainer 24K|
So I swam 5100m, biked 50K and ran 10K…not too bad for a week that I went into with an injury. Yay for cross-training! Hopefully it helps keep fit while not running so that I'll come back strong when the foot's ready.
How do you train through an injury?
Do you ice, stretch, etc. at the office?