Friday, October 14, 2011

So I'm not perfect...

So in my last post I talked about some recent injuries that I had suffered and how I was OK with this and looking towards long term goals such as running for the next 50 years instead of the next 50 days, meaning that I would gladly give up the 50 miler this year if I was hurt. Well, I took some time off and didn't run. I rode my bike, I tried cross training, and I did sulk a little, but not much. Anyway, this week I was feeling pretty good and decided that I would test out the hip with some short runs. On Sunday, I went for 3 miles and felt really strong. I ran it with an average pace of 8:49, which is admittedly faster than I should have run, but it felt great. On Monday I decided to do another 3 mile run. Stepping off, I felt even stronger and ran at an average pace of 7:48 with the last mile at 7:01! This of course, was also way too fast and a definite recipe for trouble. Fortunately all went well and I ran 4 miles Tuesday (slowly) and 8 miles today (slowly).

So what's my point? Well, I am human. I wanted to be smart and take it easy, but I couldn't. I tried, I promise. We constantly talk about listening to our body when training and not doing things when our body is signaling that it is not ready. Well on Monday and Tuesday, my body told me to run fast. My mind said it might not be the best course of action, but my body said "Do it," and I did. As you can imagine, I caught some flak on the Daily Mile for this. I knew I would, and I totally appreciated the response from my virtual training partners out there. They only want what's best for me after all, but I'm human, what can I say? As my friend Andrea likes to say, "sometimes you just have to rip off the band-aid." Well that's what I did and damn did it feel good! Am I a hypocrite for running injured, or doing too much to soon? I don't think so, and I hope you don't either. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body.

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