Okay everyone, so I’ve been a terrible blogger buddy this week and even worse is that I’ve been a terrible runner. Based on my running schedule (I use a Sun – Sat schedule), Mrs. Schlub and I had two races in the same week. The Hot Chocolate run was on Sunday 12/7 and within the same week, the 12k’s of Christmas was on Saturday 12/13. I have not run since then.
You can all ask Mrs. Schlub, I was pretty moody and grumpy in the beginning of the week and just did not feel like running. Once that subsided, with a little pampering from Mrs. Schlub (she is the best wife ever :) ), I was able to start getting my mind and emotions back on track.
I needed a break!! Over the last couple months my right foot had a nagging pain. I would take my normal rest days, it would start to feel better, and then the next trail run would bring the pain right back. The pounding from 9.3 miles and 7.5 miles was not the best formula to allow healing but then again they were both fantastic races for me so I can’t complain. It felt as though I stepped on something wrong or had a slight twisted ankle and I just wasn’t giving myself enough time to heal. Additionally, I’ve been having a lot of tightness in my left hamstring. I think it was just a product of the faster pace at higher miles and again I just needed to give my body some time to heal.
So tomorrow will be one full week since I’ve run any type of training distance and I’m actually ready to run again and looking forward to knocking out some miles. In a way, I think this little break was a blessing in disguise. Now I can start focusing on the marathon!! Beginning the end of September I started to test my running ability, was concerned with the task of running 26.2 miles, and decided to throw in some 20 mile runs. So from the end of September to now I recorded around 6 separate runs between 13 and 20 miles. I think I started way too early and could have been burnt out by the time the marathon came. Very grateful that whether it was on purpose or accident that this little break came about. I’m looking at 10 weeks to the marathon and I really feel that is going to be perfect leading up to the race.
On that note thanks to everyone who is throwing down miles and knocking out races because those really helped get me back on track. Reading about the challenges and success that my fellow bloggers are going through gets the running bug going and you start to look forward to your next run or race. BUT…don’t forget, we all need a little break now and again LOL.
When you’re slumping or feeling a little lazy, what motivation do you use to get you back out on roads/trails and clicking off some miles