Friday, February 18, 2011

On Holiday...

Look at me SMILE!
I LOVE to be on HOLIDAY!!!

Don't you?

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,
I think.
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 :)


  1. Gosh, this is a photocopy of my mind sometimes!!
    Lots of "what ifs..." but you have nothing to worry about. Those little niggles at the end of a hard run are signs that we need to stop and listen to! I had done 20 miles on Sat and hills on Sunday, a tempo on Tuesday and wound up with this weird niggle on my right calf on Wednesday. When I stepped on my right foot, it hurt. I just didn't run that day and bam, I'm fine. Pain is a way for our body to say, CALM DOWN. Take it easy. You aren't a machine! After years of doing this, I'm learning to listen!
    Enjoy your fun day off, you deserve it!!

    Isn't it funny how I see YOU as being the rational one?! I guess we're all just caught up in the training thing right can be consuming!
    Big hugs and stay smart :) !

  2. You are doing the right thing by resting an injury. I know it's hard, I know it feels like you're doing something wrong, but you are doing exactly what you need to do. Rest it. Take care of yourself. Let yourself heal. It will all be OK. Better to lose some time now than to lose it in April.
    Deep breaths, good thoughts. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Isn't this just a typical Audrey Hepburn movie?

    act 1: things go really well.
    act 2: setback occurs. will she be ok?
    act 3: happily ever after.

    you're just starting act 2, that's all. not to worry.


    in case you need inspiration, here it is from Audrey herself:

    "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"

    and even more important ...

    "The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters."

    i'm loving the movie that is your road to boston. and looking forward to that happy ending ...

  4. Stop! Take a deep breath. There is no way you will lose your fitness in 2 days off. You will not lose your fitness with a week off. Think about that while you stick your foot in a bucket of ice water and chill out--literally...

    Take a couple of days and play with your kids. Take a hot bath. Breath in and out. You are amazing. Enjoy a holiday and return refreshed for the rest of your ride!

  5. OK-yeah I could feel that sarcasm by like the third word of this post.

    It would be so easy for me to tell you that you won't lose a THING, that a couple of days rest will even benefit you and give your other muscles a chance to catch up. This I know is true but so easy to say, so hard to accept.....

    Even reading this post refreshes so many personal feelings I've had....Last winter is almost a blur. 90% of my thoughts revolved around running. I am improving that to about 75% right now-ha!

    So, I will pray your achilles is nothing serious (just a niggle as Meg says) and specifically that you can "handle it" and find some peace in resting it a little. 7 miles/6:39 tempo. You are flying girl. It would take a lot to lose that!!!!

    PS- I don't think God is telling you that Boston is NOT that important. He may want you to gain perspective but He gave you the ability and KNOWS how important it is to you. He provided the avenues and opportunity for you to be able to run it and I truly believe He wants this experience for you as much as you do!!

    Try to enjoy your "holiday" Make the most of it! Sit back with a cup of powergel cappuccino and think of how muscle grows during rest. Giving your heel a rest is is helping to pump up your quads right!! Well, I like that theory anyway!

  6. Oh no, you are not loony. You are being smart and making the best of it. Your fitness level, few attain. You are doing the right thing. You will be back out there SOON. and you will be killing it, just like you were. Boston is yours. Praying that this injury is short lived! Man, I feel like so many in the blogosphere are running into injuries! NOT GOOD! Praying everyone can get back out there ASAP. Hang in there.

  7. um, what Meg and Jenn said. How can I top that?! :) I think you need a given day first when I read that at the start I was like "no way! Not Raina!" And then I realized that you were joking. Ha, figures. You're hard core girl! tis why you are running 7 miles in 6:39 pace. I ran two of my 4 at 6:45 pace and that was fast enough! Good grief lady! :) Way to go. Use this day or two off to just really focus on something you've been neglecting lately! See this as a gift...use it! enjoy it! you're not going to lose anything! You're amazing! :)

  8. Oh no! Taking a holiday is definitely the right thing to do. Even an entire week off wouldn't affect your fitness, and if you end up needing more than that pool running and cross training really DO work!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  9. Achilles tendonitis and tibial tendonitis are what sidelined me for so long. Give it a couple days and see how rest and icing works and if it continues...get to a sports injury doc stat. My chiro took me from being in pain from simple dog walking back to running lickity split. Well...lickity split relative to the time I had been out of commission. The thing is...I waited too long to get the RIGHT help. Don't do that.

    Thinking of you!

  10. If it's from overuse, it's hard to know how much is too much. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

  11. Be carful with the injury. BTW it sounds more Peroneal/Ankle tendon issue than achilles from your description.

  12. Awww, I know how you feel! I had a knee injury just before my marathon and I kept running on it. I shouldn't have. I couldn't run in the marathon because I refused to take a few days off to rest it. I don't think you will regret taking a few days off! It takes about 2 weeks to lose fitness. Hope you feel better, I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from !!

  13. I'm with everyone else...take some time and enjoy today and tomorrow. Today is looking like it might be a pretty nice day. Hang out with the fam and play some games. You will be fine soon.

  14. With 2 or 3 days off you don't lose anything. Be careful with the injury, take care and slow down until the day you can run as you like.
    Is that "Vacanze romane" movie? I think you know that I live in the Roma County (Province).
    All the best.

  15. stay positive! You got this. Ease up. I think we are all there! I have taken 5 days off already from running. I might need more. So follow your gut, be smart and you'll back in know time. PRAYING for you!

  16. Roadblocks are not there to stop us...just to tell us how badly we want it.


    For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward his name. Hebrews 6:10

  17. I can see your wheels spinning and at the same time you have a very healthy approach to healing.

    I feel like you already have an amazing base and have had successful training to put you ahead. A few holidays will be good for you and your body will remember where it left off.

    I think you are a natural anyway!! Thinking of you!

  18. Mark 6:31

    And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while." For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

  19. Oh no!!! I'm so sorry about your achilles tendinitis!

    I love it that you are still trying to be nice to others. That's a hard thing to do when one is injured!

    I'd like to quote from a song I love:

    "The what-ifs are hot on my trail, but they can't catch me no no."

    If all the what-ifs happen, then what? I'm reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They say to Nebuchadnezzar that God is able to save them, "But if not....." they would still do what's right.

    It's extremely likely that none of the what ifs will happen and you will be just fine.
    But if will still be a runner.
    But if are still a child of God.
    But if will rest, recover, and come back stronger and wiser.
    But if not....your family will still love you, and you will still be blessed.

    The Lord loves runners. Hang in there.

  20. I AM PRAYING FOR YOU!!! Girl, you won't lose your speed or can do this!!! You are crazy fast already, holy cow woman!!! Crazy fast pace! Keep resting and good luck being nice to people, I am a beast when I am injured or worried about injury!

  21. (((HUGS))) I hope the pain goes away...God speaks in mysterious ways! I hope whatever He is trying to show you becomes clear. You're making wise choices and I know it will all work out for the best in the end =)


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