February 7, 2013 Leave a comment
“You will be faster in the long run by playing it smart and safe today.”
I really want to run today, but I will not.
I have lots of pent up energy to expend.
I need to unwind from my busy day.
I feel the need to get outside and feel the breeze.
I feel the need to run, but I will not.
Yesterday I felt some pain in my heel area. I have felt it on and off for a few weeks. On most days, it has gotten better once I warmed up. It has gotten better over time with a more careful stretching regimen and more careful running form. It got a little better each day, until yesterday. In my 7 of my tempo run yesterday, it started getting worse. I was supposed to run 9 miles yesterday, but I remembered the warning given by Hal Higdon:
“If you have pain at the beginning of a run and it gradually gets better, then keep running. If the pain gets worse as you go, then stop. Walk. Take a cab if you can.”
I was on the greenway and I didn’t have any cash on me anyway, so I did not take a cab. I did walk 3/4 of a mile to my car. I do not believe that I have a major injury, but that pain was a signal that major injury could be coming if I was not careful. That is why my planned 9 mile tempo run became a 7 miler with an extra slow walk at the end.
After I returned home, my foot got an ice bath and some time elevated. I took some ibuprofen and I looked at my running schedule. I decided that today and tomorrow would be short and easy run days. I have a half marathon on Saturday morning and I want to give this heel a rest.
This morning my heel was still feeling twinges of that pain. Hence, I made the tough decision to let go of the idea of running today. Full rest today, even though I had a rest day just two days ago. I looked at my mileage for the week and thought about how I could make up the miles later. No. Bad idea. I know better than that. It is better to let go of those lost miles. Full rest and consider those miles to be totally out of reach.
Yes, I will miss out on some of the adaptations that those miles could bring, some growth, some speed. I have to choose to let that go. That is speed that I will not gain for the marathon in March. I have to let that go.
It is better to spend a day or two healing now rather than a month or two later because I made it worse by running through the wrong kind of pain.
When it is muscle pain because I am shredding it in a workout, then run on. That will heal. You can tell the difference between healthy workout pain and unhealthy injury pain. Rest. Live to run another day. You will be faster in the long run by playing it smart and safe today.
Train hard. Race easy. Enjoy the run!
[when you can safely]
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