This morning, I woke up at 8AM set and ready to run 10 miles as part of my training for my upcoming half marathon in a few weeks. However, I had been carrying around with me a slight pain in my right calf, much like the injury I had last year during the OC Half Marathon.
I tried to ignore it all this past week, running no more than 4 miles at a time by splitting up my longer runs and, quite frankly, just bearing through the pain. I think I knew, though, that I wouldn’t be able to run 10 miles without stopping.
There is a 5 mile loop close to my house and also close to Trader Joes, so I thought I would drive over, run the loop 2x, and hit the store to stock up on food for the week. I made sure to wear my compression socks, warm up, and even eat an Accel Gel before the run to give me a little extra energy and stamina. Yet still, once I hit mile 4, my calf was screaming at me to stop.
As runners, I think we all go through something like this. The moment when your body says “STOP!” but your heart says “Keep going! You can do this!” Normally, I am the type of runner who pushes herself in such a way that I end up regretting it come race day. This time, however, I made myself stop mid run and visualize my race 3 weeks from now.
Letting myself think in advance for how I would feel on the day of my half made me realize- I need to be preparing myself for that race, not pushing myself through this training run. There will be other days, other runs, and less tight calves that will yield a better situation then what was today.
I still cried in the car while driving to TJs. I am a dramatic one when it comes to running.
While driving home, I got really mad at myself. Not because I stopped and only ran 4 miles. I was angry because I know how to train properly with my muscular imbalances, but am just lazy to do so. I have stopped going to yoga, haven’t been foam rolling after every run, and did not do my own weight training at all this or last week. ( I have been weight lifting with the members at my internship, here and there, but it has not been as focused and tailored as it should be) I am qualified enough to help teach others how to properly train, so why am I not doing it for myself?
Today, to finish off the time I would have spent running, I am going to practice weight lifting techniques and do my corrective exercises so that, 3 weeks from now, I will be ready to kick some butt!
Have an awesome day, and I will talk to you guys tomorrow!
See ya~ Kay