Mental meltdown has been averted for now lol.
After work yesterday I came home and started icing and stretching my feet. Slowly the pain and tenderness started to subside. PHEW!!! Later that night I grabbed Buster, loaded him up in the truck, and we headed off to the park in our neighborhood. I pulled off my shoes and walked around the park in the nice soft grass while Buster ran around the entire park doing his business. Needless to say, my feet are starting to feel normal again.
I know for a fact that I’m not the only one that is susceptible to these types of flip outs as a race is getting close. I think it has to do with all the hard work that goes into preparing for a big race. Day after day and mile after mile, all that hard work is intended for this one payoff. Any indication that all this hard work is in jeopardy for whatever reason, our minds immediately go into anxiety mode knowing that all of that hard work could be for nothing. I can’t tell you the HUGE sigh of relief I let out yesterday when I realized that my feet were starting to feel better.
On a random note, I have started using music during my runs again. For the longest time I had moved away from using headphones and music during any of my runs. I still feel very strongly that when you are running/hiking trails, you SHOULD NOT use headphones. There are so many things that you need to be aware of in nature and I feel that headphones put you at a disadvantage. Not to mention when I come running down your back I want you to hear me and get out of the way lol. When it came to road running with my headphones, I became a bit of an elitist by not using them. I felt like I was mentally stronger because I didn’t need them and was able to suffer through the agony of my labored breathing. I was watching some of Kilian Jornet’s videos through his “Kilian’s Quest” series and he talks about distracting the mind when things start to get tough. Well if it’s good enough for the top male ultra runner in the world than who am I to argue with that lol. It has been a very nice change and has really helped in my training over the last couple months. Not to mention I was listening to my music when I killed the half marathon last month. So I think it’s pretty easy to conclude that music has great benefits and I just needed to get off my high horse.
What are your plans for Presidents Day?? – It would have been nice to get in an epic running adventure but that is only 4 days ahead of the marathon. I think some buddies and I are trying to setup a golf outing. That counts as cross training right?!?!