Sunday, April 6, 2014

Running When I Know I Shouldn't a.k.a. Sometimes I'm a Stubborn Moron

Today I had an 11 miler on my training plan.  I'm in the thick of a half marathon training cycle, with my goal all along being to hit a sub 2:00 time.

Things are not going as planned.


My second week into training I got knocked out by an insane stomach bug that took me two weeks to recover from.


I had to take a full week off of training, then cut my mileage by half for 2 weeks just to get back into it.

Things have been going better, but I have not been hitting the speeds I need to get that goal pace come race day.

Then this past week I did something new:  I ran first thing in the morning.  I wore a pair of shoes I'm reviewing, but are not my regular shoes.  It was less than 12 hours after my previous run, and it left me with incredibly achy hips for the next few days.


Not that that stopped me from running.  This is where the MORON part comes into play.

Yesterday was a rest day and I spent a good part of it icing, stretching, and rolling.  My right hip felt completely better and my left hip was a lot better.


After all the 'recovery', of course.

So I decided I would run my 11 miles today.  Because, you know, I'm a moron tough.


But by mile 3.69 I had to stop because my left hip was hurting too much and I had to limp home.

I'm icing again and am already feeling better, but I should not run for a few days at the very least.
I know this is just a blip, and if I take care of myself I will get better, but for the moment I'm bummed out.  I hate not being able to follow my training plan.  It makes me sad.


Honestly though, I think if I can run my half marathon, even if I don't hit that glorious, perfect pace, I just might be satisfied...especially if I can avoid a long recovery.


No more PT for me! 

How do you deal with training setbacks?


UPCOMING POSTS: REVIEW OF THE NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM SHOES, YOGA, AND HOPEFULLY MORE RUNNING

37 comments:

  1. oh i hear you, it's not easy to tame the toughness. go get a massage (and eat an ice cream). you'll be back on the path in no time. :)

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    1. Oh no. Blogger is eating my comments on my own site now. I like your thinking ice scream mamma. I may not do the massage, but the ice cream sounds like a good idea!

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  2. I just love your pictures and am dying to know what you use to create them???

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    1. Thanks Elle! I use an app on my iPad called Adobe Idea...I just draw with my finger :)

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  3. Walking a 1/2 marathon would be GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME - DO WHAT YOUR BODY will allow you! Do not do not do not push yourself to the point of getting really hurt! You will only be more frustrated!!! :(

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    1. You're totally right. But I do not want to walk a half ;)

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    2. Skip?? LOL! Or wait, no!! HOW ABOUT MOON WALK - lmfao!

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  4. We all have training set backs but you are smart to take a couple days off and allow your body to heal. We also all have moron moments, but realizing them for what they are is the first step to brilliance :-)

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I know I've ignored pains in the past that have turned into bigger issues, but this one literally did stop me in my tracks. Which I guess is good because I can't do more damage...I love that you frame the moronic moments as steps toward brilliance :D

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  5. Agh, I feel your pain! A sub 2:00 hr 1/2 is my goal too! I just want to get it done!! Take care of yourself first...I figure there will always be another race.

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    1. It's true, you're right. But man, I just want to get that sub 2 already! I'm not getting any younger.

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  6. Ugh. Stomach bugs are so hard to recover from! I hope this hip thing goes away quickly.

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    1. Yeah it was not fun at all. I'm hoping for my hip thing to be better soon too!

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  7. ahh my life is one big training setback with this new running stuff.
    I TRY to be the tough mama too.
    TRY :-)

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    1. Running is a whole intricate ball of wax. I know in my head that just because I'm following a plan doesn't mean I can *actually* follow it, but it's hard to feel like I'm not failing somehow when I have setbacks. Being a perfectionist is dumb, isn't it?
      And YOU are one of the toughest mamas around!

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  8. Oh no I hope you feel better! I hate when my body doesn't feel well. Rest is always the answer.

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    1. Thanks! Rest is so hard when it is imposed :)

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    1. Thanks for that--it's good to know I'm not alone!

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  10. Been there done that! Hope you are back to normal soon. Btw the pics are super cute and funny!

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  11. oh! sad panda!!! I hear you on the injuries and such but yes, rest now before it gets worse. I had a good/decent training cycle for my half - no problems but then my hip seized up during the race. It's now 3 weeks post race and I've run about 20 minutes. It stinks!! So take care of your hips, OK?

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    1. Oh no, Christine! That sucks! Race days are so unpredictable. I will take care of my hips :)

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  12. I like the "green sick" picture. It almost looks like your turning into the incredible hulk. :-)

    Kevin
    HalfTRIing.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha! If only I had the strength of the Hulk when I turned green.

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  13. Bummer! I hope your hip feels better. I'm sure you already mentioned, but what race are you training for?

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    1. Thanks Rachelle. I think it is getting better...rolling it out has made it very sore at the moment though! I'm training for the Heroes Half. It's in Everett at the end of the month.

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  14. Sometimes you just have to give in and rest. Try not to get discouraged by all of the setbacks. I have had a ton of ups and downs with sickness this training cycle for Boston. Trying to stay positive. Things will look up! Here's to quick healing!

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    1. Thanks Sandra. It's good for me to hear that others have the same struggles; not because I want you to suffer, but because it makes me feel like it's part of the process that we all go through at some point. Cheers to quick healing!

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  15. Well, you know what my guru, Shakira, says, "hips don't lie." So I'm glad you listened to the truth that is your hips and all is well. I still can't trust a masseuse.

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    1. She's wise, that Shakira. Plus, I hope you noticed I added vomit to my picture for you.

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  16. as always your cartoons have me laughing, though I am sorry you're having a rough go! I have been talking a lot about this with the folks I'm coaching lately and helping them understand how to "make up" miles without killing themselves. It's process :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda! It is for sure a process :)

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  17. So many posts I read where runners train thru injuries instead of rest so you are not alone. :) Have you ever tried Hoka OneOne running shoes. They are NOT minimalist but they saved my exercise life...

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    1. I have not tried them, but I have heard of them. I might give them a shot at some point! Thanks Jody.

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