Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Training Journal 11/19-11/25

Monday, November 19-Sunday November 25, 2012: CRAZY WEEK!!!  This week marked a pretty serious short term setback for me.  I did all my usual training runs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and woke up Thursday morning with severe pain in my calf and in my inner thigh.  It seemed really strange since I couldn't recall doing anything to cause such severe pain.  Even the most gentle feather touch to the calf was painful and the spot on my thigh was a hard lump. I limped through Thanksgiving dinner and skipped a recovery run that day, instead I biked.  I didn't feel any better the next day, in fact, it felt worse and getting out of bed was difficult.  My friends encouraged me to go to the doctor, but I resisted.  By the end of the day, I too had to agree that I should get it looked at as it could be something serious like  blood clot.  I ended up in the ER with a diagnosis of blood clot in my thigh.  Apparently this can happen to perfectly healthy people (of which category I classify myself).  So this is what I am currently dealing with and I am still hoping to race at the NF50 this Saturday Dec. 1, but there is a good chance that I will not be able to. 
Flying to San Francisco!
Monday: 7 mile recovery run, 800 feet of climbing (1 hr)
Tuesday: 12 mile run, faster on hills (2,500 feet of climbing, 2hr)
Wednesday: 7 mile recovery run (600 feet of climbing, 1hr)
Thursday: 12 mile bike ride (45min)
Sunday: 4 mile walk, (1hr 15, 500 feet of climbing)

Totals: does it matter?!  Not so good this wee in recovery mode from leg issues
Run Miles: 30 miles
Run Elevation Gain: 4,400 feet of climbing
Other Exercise: 12 mile bike
Total Exercise Time:  6 hours

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