Jake and I did an 8 mile hilly loop that REALLY hurt. We rocked our new Julbo sunnies, which are AMAZING. But the run itself hurt. It really got me thinking about my upcoming races and that I might need to reconsider some of my goals. I think just being okay with running the half in Nashville needs to be enough – not pushing for the PR. My hamstring just isn’t healed enough to push the pace right now. I don’t want to push through something and end up with a permanent injury.
(These were my thoughts Saturday – since then, I have made a concrete decision – read on!)
After lunch, Jake helped our friends move and I went home to work. My college students just turned in HUGE writing assignments, so I got most of those graded. It took almost all afternoon. I took about a 20 minute nap, but my legs were hurting so badly, they kept waking me up. It was a little discouraging. I was so excited to be running faster, but I think I really need some more building time.
After I finished my work, I met some girlfriends at Galloway for a drink, then we went to get wings at Coyote’s.
I was really torn on whether or not I should run on Sunday. My hamstring wasn’t HURTING, but it definitely wasn’t 100%. I was going to skip my run all-together, but then decided that maybe a slow shake out would be good. Well, I was wrong. We headed out to run and after about a quarter of a mile, I knew I needed to stop. Normally I force myself to run at least a mile since it takes about that long for me to warm up, but I knew that wasn’t the case. It sucked. I had made such big improvements and felt like I was sliding right back into the injury. I started crying and told Jake to go on without me (which he wouldn’t). We walked together for a little bit before I finally convinced him to go run and I walked by myself for about a mile. I was pretty bummed. I went back to the house and took a long Epsom Salt bath. While soaking, I thought about what my long-term goals were. PR-ing a half, that wasn’t even a race I was planning on doing in the first place, isn’t on that list. I had originally signed up to do the full, but then got this injury. Would it be cool to PR? Sure, it always is! But is it worth injuring myself again? Heck. NO. My number one long-term goal is to run. For as long as I can. And pushing the pace before I’m ready is NOT going to allow that to happen. I don’t want to be side-lined for months because I was stupid and came back too early. So, i made the decision to just run. I want to show up at the start healthy. I want to watch two of my best friends crush their races. I want to enjoy the weekend in Nashville. Does it suck that I’m not where I want to be? Of course. Is this the end of the world? Obviously not. I’m thankful I CAN run. I let myself have a little pity party – Jake came back from his run and I was in my biggest pair of sweats, laying in bed. But now it’s time to move on. I still need to talk to my coach, but I will not be shooting for a PR in April. I know my body (I’ve been running since I was 15), so now I need to listen to it.
It also helps when you have friends like these two…
So, that’s that! I’m moving on!
For dinner Sunday, we had those leftover onion/bacon bombs. These were stuffed with deer meat. So, so good! Jake found my veggie spiralizer and made curly fries with a sweet potato. They were delicious!
Jake worked on my car out in the shop after dinner, so I sat out there with him. It was a relaxing evening!
I am FINISHING Chapter 5 today – no matter what! I am also going to yoga later, which will be good for me. I hope I don’t feel nauseated this time.