I have no excuse for not posting other than life. This week was a little busy and I took a little time off of running except for Tuesday and Friday. Last Saturday (1/12) I ran race #2 in my 13 in 2013. It was a virtual run that was a fundraiser for Sandy Hook. I ran it outside (and might I add that the temp was about 60* and I ran in short sleeves- quite the opposite from the week before). Anyway, I was going to attempt a 5-6 mile run however, I cam in just short of 4. About mile 1 I started having issues with my knee- judging by the symptoms and what I read it looks like it's my IT band SO, this week I foam rolled, stretched it good before and after running, and bought two knee braces (#1 I wore Tuesday and it hurt by the mile point so tried a different kind on Friday and it worked much better and I did a 5K on the treadmill in 37:22.) I went with the treadmill for two reasons- one, we had quite a bit of ice out there plus it was cool and two, I wanted to be at home in case my knee gave me the issues from the week before.
My next race is scheduled to be next Friday (the 25th)- they are calling for rain turning into snow so it's a possibility that it will be on the treadmill once again. I need to start getting some more outdoor running in but my schedule doesn't allow it during the week so I need to increase my mileage on the treadmill but it's so boring at times. Does anyone have any thoughts as to how to approach it? I thought about covering up the screen but at the same time I like to see where I am. I usually put music on but if anyone has any suggestions that would be great. I do try to play around with the incline while I am on it. I think that tomorrow (since it's supposed to be COLD in the morning and when I am off I like to run in the morning) I will try a treadmill interval workout I found and see how that goes- do you have a favorite?