Look at me SMILE!
I LOVE to be on HOLIDAY!!!
Yes, darling. I am taking the day off (well, no running anyway). It was a spontaneous thing.
Just sounded FUN!
Now that I am done being sarcastic ...or just dreaming that I would ever do an impromptu rest day, let me fill you in on a little info.
I haven't missed a long run for anything other than a race or recovery from a race in 15 months.
The last time was for injury. I am feeling like a fool and taking today off. I might take tomorrow off too.
If I can handle it.
I have achilles tendinitis,
Or something similar.
Where am I?
My right foot is sore just below the ankle on the right side only. Not too bad- except when I stop and try to start again. No cooling down allowed! I've been icing and stretching and taking ibuprofen around the clock.
I am in a scheduled cutback week- a cutback from 68, 69, 70 mile weeks. I was supposed to run about 55 miles this week. I have 29 :( .
How did I get here?
It didn't start off too bad yesterday, until I did that tempo portion and had to make an emergency pit stop at mile 6.1. Really didn't want to stop. I was on a roll! When I started again, it was like the heel locked up. I got it going again pretty well and finished the 7 miles in 46:30 (6:39 pace, with the watched stopped for the stop). After the tempo was done I still had about 4 miles to get home and I hobble-jogged.
Looking at the last few weeks, I was overconfident in my mileage increases. I was overconfident in my speed work. I was overconfident my ability to handle hills two days in a row.
See a trend?
Not so confident now. Yeah, I finished the tempo in my goal time. Actually, well ahead of my goal time, but I spent the rest of my run thinking, "You IDIOT."
Where I am going:
I am sticking to my vows and trying to stay rational. I am TRYING to tell myself that taking a couple of days off will be just fine right now and that I can pick it up Monday without lost fitness, speed, etc...
I don't sound convinced, do I?
I have been foam rolling, sleeping extra, lifting weights, riding the trainer bike (just a little), eating. Trying to be nice to others.
My mind is processing thoughts:
What if I already hit my peak mileage at 9 weeks out?
What if I can't do any more speed work?
What if it gets worse?
Could it be the shoes? No...probably not.
If I take off a day or two or three, am I going to lose all that I have gained?
Maybe God is trying to get my attention.... Probably. Maybe He's trying to tell me that Boston really is NOT that important. Other things are.
And THIS is why He did not make me a four minute miler. I struggle to think of anything besides running!!
Sorry to whine! I think I just need some rational people to tell me some rational things.
Now, time to put on my Audry Hepburn sunglasses and enjoy my holiday (at the looney bin)!!!
Hope you all have a great weekend :)