Beyond my week of training, I am looking towards the disaster that will be next week. Christmas is quickly approaching, I will be out of town, and I am not road running - what does that mean? Well, the answer isn't good. I think I am going to shut it down completely for at least a week and really let my knee heal. I will spend the week focusing on staying off of it (not something I can do normally, as teachers never sit). Additionally, I will apply compression and ice whenever I remember. Finally, I will try to get some blueberries and continue my daily supplement cocktail. I figure, if this doesn't get my knee back to form, I may have to suck it up and go to the doctor. I just don't think doctors have my running future in mind. Needless to say, I am a little apprehensive about this whole thing. Plus, I hate taking a single day off, so a whole week will drive me nuts. I just hope that all the Christmas craziness will keep me busy.
Here is what I am looking forward to though: running gifts! I should be getting a camelbak, which is great for long runs, as I hate to carry a bottle, and I don't want to wear a belt. I should also be getting some compression socks, so my continuing running form changes with be a little less painful on my calves. Hopefully I will also get a heart rate monitor, so I can really start to focus on this during long training runs in the spring. I am also getting a gift card to a local running store for some new kicks - I am guessing vibrams, but we will see. I may be shutting it down, but at least I will have some great new gear to try out later. I am just glad the people around me have accepted my insanity.
Did you go maximum today?
Have you ever shut it down completely? What did you do to heal a joint?
What did you do to keep your mind focused elsewhere?
What do you know you are getting for Christmas?
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