Embracing What You Can’t Control (Weekly Recap)

running toronto 2xu tightsThis has been a week to appreciate letting things go that I can’t control. My week started with a trip to my athletic therapist to check out my knee problem. (You can read all that here) Then a long meeting with my coach to decide what to do about my knee injury.

The plan is to slowly increase how much I’m running and then closer to the North Face Endurance Challenge Series run in DC (in only 20 days!), we’ll re-evaluate about whether I should attempt 50 miles or drop down to a shorter distance. I am not the type of person who is usually okay with not having a plan but I am trying to embrace the process. It turns out that a lot of ultra running is preparing as much as possible and then embracing what happens.

sunset beach torontoRight now my focus is on doing everything possible to get my knee to heal. I am doing my phsyio exercises every day and icing after doing anything that could irritate it. And so far (knock on wood), my knee has been holding up fairly well this week with very little pain. I added in more swimming this week and reduced how much I’m running to try to still get the cardio with less impact.

runner beach torontoOn Friday, I talked Callum into running with me which doesn’t usually happen. And then on Sunday, I went running with blogger Carmy. It was great to finally meet her in person and have some company for part of my 15km run on Sunday! Even though I can’t run as much as I’d like, it helps a lot to have all these running partners!

Training this week:
Monday – rest
Tuesday – 45 min bootcamp + 50min swim
Wednesday – 10k run
Thursday – rest
Friday – 12k run
Saturday – 45 min bootcamp + 1hr swim
Sunday – 15k run

How was your week of running?
What to do differently in training when you are injured?

Happy running!

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2 thoughts on “Embracing What You Can’t Control (Weekly Recap)

  1. Carmy March 20, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I swam, biked, ellipticaled until I was bored out of my mind when I was injured. Hoping you heal up asap.

  2. adamhaesler March 23, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Hey Katherine,
    Thank you for reminder that modifications is what makes the impossible, possible in ultra running. It is not possible for us to be ultrarunners unless we get creative with our training, and constantly willing to be the best not just physically, but emotionally, and intellectually.

    When I get injured I up the strength exercises to make myself stronger to come back.

    But more importantly I dig deep to ask myself why do I want this so bad, and am I willing to put in the work go make this happen.

    Patience is the most important thing I learned from being sick or injured, and it has improved my long run more than I could imagine.

    All the best with your recovery. Keep in mind you have already done the work needed for Northface Endurance Challenge, so if you had to swim your way to race day you would likely be fine.

    Have a wonderful day!

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