MONDAY: had slight IT Band pain following my long run yesterday so was glad it was only a 9.5km run to start the week. I even debated dropping my weights a little on the squat and lunge track in my Body Pump class... but didn't!
TUESDAY: Body Attack class, which I loved doing again. Had no IT Band pain which was pleasing!
WEDNESDAY: 12km before Body Pump. Despite my joy yesterday at my IT Band pain disappearing, today my run featured a sharp, pin point pain in my left calf combined with pain in my left shin - delightful! I managed to maintain marathon pace throughout the run though, despite the extremely strong winds.
THURSDAY: my left leg did not feel good today, so decided to switch my planned run to Friday. Instead I opted for the gym where I focussed on doing some of the rehabilitation exercises my sports therapist recommended for my legs, as well as some core and foam roller work.
FRIDAY: Bank Holiday meant I went out in the morning for a 9.5km run. My left calf felt fine, and my shin was uncomfortable but not painful. On stopping my shin was sore though and this worried me. I spent the evening with frozen vegetables on my shin as well as applying lots of Deep Freeze - kill or cure! I was not in a good mood that evening either as I was starting to get annoyed with myself as to why this slight niggle has happened now with the marathon so close. So apologies are due to anyone who was near me that evening!
SATURDAY: in an attempt to protect my shin I ran my 5km on the treadmill with a good incline. I didn't enjoy the run at all, probably because it was on the treadmill, but also as I was nervous about my shin feeling worse. Luckily it didn't, it just felt uncomfortable again. I completed my session with some core work and my rehab exercises again.
SUNDAY: an Easter Sunday 20 miles. This felt long today, although I did enjoy the spring weather (see above image). Shin was uncomfortable again at times but not painful. I wanted more than any other week to make the run beneficial though as Saturday night I had gone with my friend and her sister for 'a few drinks' in Lincoln. However I stuck to pineapple juice all evening knowing I had 20 miles to complete today, when all I wanted to do was enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two! Again, thanks are due to my friends that evening for understanding my abstinence - its for a worthy cause!