Weekly Mileage: 4/3-4/9

Not pictured: Anywhere, Indiana
Pictured: My go-to trail near my hometown in Illinois.
Close enough. 

Welp. I've got my journey cut out for me, and that's exactly why I'm starting early. First it was my foot/ankle that was putting me out of commission, and now in this week's sick game of You Know You're Getting Old When...

my right knee is waking me up in the middle of the night and making it difficult to walk. AWESOME. But, this isn't breaking news. I've had my fair share of issues and steroids pumped into both knees which is why I exchanged pavement for trails, but it doesn't mean it's any less frustrating. Endurance wise, I feel great. I just have to get my body to cooperate. Slowly, but surely. After taking a couple months off from running, and dedicating two months to a sport that requires zero impact, I think my body is suddenly like wtf is this?! 

Luckily, I've grown a tad wiser over the years. My 19-year-old self would totally run on a bum knee. My 31-year-old self will contemplate it, but realize hitting the bike, and icing it is the way to go. I also realize it's a marathon, not a sprint. Unless you're a lottery winner, success doesn't happen overnight. I'll keep plugging away, it's just going to require more patience, more listening, and more R.I.C.E.

Anyway, without further excuse adieu, here is my weekly mileage for April 3-9:

Monday, April 3 - Rest || Indianapolis, IN

Tuesday, April 4 - 4 Mile Run || Weights/Arms || Lafayette + Indianapolis, IN

Wednesday, April 5 - 1 Mile Walk/Warm up + 6 Mile Run + 1 hour on the hotel bike (leisurely/13 mi) while I finished reading Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia) || Indianapolis, IN

If you're in the market for a new book, I'd say this one is worth your time and money.

Thursday, April 6 - Rest || Indianapolis, IN

Friday, April 7 - 1 Mile Walk/Warm up + 6 Mile Run + 1 Mile Walk/Cool down || 30 minutes of stretching || Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, April 8 - Rest || Indianapolis + Fort Wayne + South Bend, IN

Sunday, April 9 - Arms + 1 hr. on the bike (15 mi) while listening to Avery Collins and Dave Mackey hug talk it out on Dispatch Radio || South Bend + Indianapolis, IN

Total:

3 Rest Days*
3 Miles Walking
16 Miles Running
2 Hr. Cycling (28 mi)
30 min. Stretching

*Our job requires long hours on our feet and manual labor so those miles/days are not accounted for in these totals. For example on the "rest days" listed, we were still on our feet for long hours and setting/up breaking down our event site. Working outside + manual labor + travel + meeting/talking to new people every day are many of the reasons why I love my job, but it does require balance.  

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