Today was rough, but I'm getting my mojo back. Still have the broken toe, and several pulled muscles... and now a shin splint. But... I did go nearly a week without running in an attempt to heal. The compression sleeve and taping up really helped as well. The first several miles were a chore, but by 4 I was warmed up and finding a pace. The new playlist also help. I'm down on my mileage big time, but being healthy for the Dayton Marathon on Sept 16th is the goal.
So on Thursday I broke my toe and that was a set back. But I've still attempted running. Last week was a clear indication that something was off with the level of muscle fatigue I experienced. This week it only became worse, and the toe, and several other pulls. With the Dayton marathon coming up on Sept 16th I need to be smart now about how the next several weeks play out.
On Tuesday I had the honor of meeting a gentleman that finished in the top 200 in Boston this year. After I told him of my running schedule for the last 4 months he mentioned that I hadn't planned any rest for my body, I just keep heaping more miles on. I believe he's correct. It's incredibly hard for me to simply back off when I hear that voice in me that says 'Go go go, you've got shit to prove.' But quit? Never.
Still working through some legs injuries and I was honestly scared of this run. I was down on my mileage for the previous week in an attempt to recover. Only turned in 18 out of a goal of 37-40 miles. As usual the first 4 miles were painful and my app even stopped at .63 miles into the run (I found this out at 1.5 into my trek). At mile five my legs were in better condition and I had them warmed up, in my head I was thinking 'Turn back at 6 and get in your 12'... But...
I pushed out to 7 miles, did my turn around, and did get in 14 at what I estimate to be an 8:00/mile average. I'm happy to report that the quad pains seem to be gone for the most part, so tomorrow is just an easy 4 and then back to our regularly scheduled training program. I have 1 month and 3 days until the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, I will cross that line!
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.