My last few LONG runs, I have let myself rest for several days. Let’s be real, and admit that my knees are old, and have more miles on them then I care to count.
But today, I finally got the appointments for my mammogram and ultrasound, and admittedly needed to run. I have often thought it was the trees, birds, wildlife in general as well as the path that called to me for these runs. But I realized tonight, it was I who needed this release. I needed to clear my mind, my heart, my HEAD of all that was swimming inside of me, yet as I started this run I knew I may not have success. Yet I got off of work, picked up my youngest and after getting home, quickly changed into my running gear before I could change my mind.
I drove the 15 minutes to my favorite windmill just outside of Batavia, and parked my jeep. I was feeling a little discombobulated, but I hit the trails and battled the ever hated first mile. I kept trying to tell myself the first mile always sucks. But as I crossed the bridge over the Fox River to loop back, I realized I plain, HURT. My knee, my Achilles, my IT band and everything else in between was screaming at me…My breathing was fine, but that is about the only good thing I can say about this ‘run’ if you can call it a run…
I stopped at around 2.5 miles, and with tears in my eyes and a mile to go I walked…I turned my Runtastic app off, shut down my Garmin, and sadly hung my head. Just two days ago I RAN 20 miles, with only minimal stops to stretch, pee, and get through the water stops without pouring water all over my face. I made myself run another ¼ mile to the Jeep, and crawled in after a few stretches.
Driving home I was in tears and the sheer pain I felt in my knee from just pressing down on the gas pedal put my emotions into overdrive.
I know this is slightly normal, but I had hoped all of my training would leave me strong for my 3 week taper. Not so much…
So I took a hot shower, and washed off all the negative vibes. I propped my knee up on a pillow on the couch, and gave myself 2 ultrasound therapy treatments. It is feeling slightly better, so I hope another day or two of rest and I’ll be back on the trails.
Goals for the next 3 weeks:
1. Taper smart and taper strong.
2. Keep running my short runs fast and long runs easy.
3. Drop at least 5 lbs with a healthy diet and hopefully a smaller appetite due to fewer miles.
4. Listen to my body, yet don’t get lax.
5. Ultimately finish the Chicago Marathon in less than 5 hours. 4:59 is acceptable.
Happy hump day tomorrow, may you all have a blessed week, happy miles, and healthy limbs.
Lastly, I AM NOT A ROBOT! Please take that setting off your blog! It makes it so hard to comment! xoxoxo