I strained my quad muscles due to overtraining a few weeks ago. I should've slowed down earlier, because I could feel an old injury in my hip flexor flaring up. I just felt so good that I decided to ignore niggles, push through all out pain, and run multiple days in a row when I know my body starts to get angry when I run more than two days in a row. Finally, after running three days in a row--again--and coming home in so much pain I thought I would throw up, I decided to take a week off of running. It was a good call. I actually took off 9 days. I felt perfect after 5, but kept resting for good measure. I found I liked resting...a lot! So much so it took all I had in me to wake up this week for my runs...
Mon- 5 @9:09 pace, no pain
Wed-5 @9:30 Pace, no pain
Thurs-200m swim, during safety break. Received the best compliment ever! "You're getting faster, Mom!" I really appreciated my kids cheering me on poolside, even if only for a few minutes.
Fri-3.5 @9:18, stopped run early due to tightening in quad. No pain. Came home and felt really tight and within a few hours had actual pain. I re-taped, iced, and all that fun stuff.
Sat- 1400m swim. THAT IS ALOST ONE MILE!!!!!!! I was in the water for about an hour, but actual swimming time was about 35 min.
KT tape is my best friend, if you didn't know that already.
During my rest week, I traded my running days for swim days.
Mon-700 m swim, (100m kicks, 5X100m freestyle, 100m kicks)
Wed-900m swim (can't remember the breakdown, but it was similar to Mon, just with more laps)
I am getting so much better at my freestyle. I can now breathe bilaterally, and am very comfortable breathing from my left side. I also feel much smoother in the water. I still need to hire someone to help me out on my form, or at least have my husband record me.
Today I started learning the breaststroke. I have a long way to go, but after a few drills I was able to swim 100m breaststroke. By the last 25m I felt like I was getting a bit of rhythm, or at least I was at a point where I could say "I get it!...I think." Haha!