I love to laugh at this situation by watching this video. While he is not addressing running specifically, he accurately captures some of the emotions that a runner goes through -- particularly thinking about age and the balancing act to get healthy. And, he also captures how absurd people find taking such high levels of Ibuprofen. I find that bit particularly funny because I about fell over the first time it was recommended to me. And hey, if we can't laugh at ourselves...
The toughest part of being injured is the mental games you play with yourself (and others). One day I feel optimistic and that I have a plan to manage through it. The next day I get frustrated and want to just throw in the towel. The truth is that I don't even know what I am doing each day. The relatively low level of pain that I am experiencing makes me feel like a wuss. Many runners would probably just push through this without even thinking twice about. But I am so used to running injury free that it is kind of foreign to me. What's more, the spot that it landed in training leaves me unsure about whether it is smarter to shut down or push through. If it were close to my goal race, I think the answer would be more obvious. It was also be more obvious if the pain level were higher.
The highlight of the week was a "long run" with my wife on Saturday. First of all, the day was GORGEOUS, the first obvious sign of Spring. Secondly, the flat trail we ran was easy on my ankle and I was able to complete the run without trouble. And, of course, it is kind of fun to impart all the running wisdom (ha, I wish!) on my wife and help her training stay on track. The low light of the week was the continued decrease in mileage.
I will attempt to start following my LT100 training plan, which begins this week. While I hoped to exceed the relatively minimal mileage in the first six weeks, the lower bar does provide me some time to train and heal. Any kind of good performance at the Colorado Marathon seems to be slipping away with each lost training day. That certainly doesn't make me happy, but it's not the worst thing either. Honestly, an injury with my goal race 6 months away isn't so bad -- much better than smack in the middle of training.
|Tuesday||8||Mile repeats @ 6:30 w 3 min recovery|
|Thursday||Rest||Unscheduled rest day|
|Saturday||12||Long Run with my wife|
|Sunday||5||Hill workout .5 @ 0, .5 @ 5%, .5 @ 7%, .5 @ 9%, .5 @ 11%, .5 @ 13%, 2 @ 5%|
|Total||31||About 2700 vertical feet|