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?



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