Do you ever go back and read posts from a difficult time in your running?
I’m going a little bit nuts on this here running break. For example, not only have I been grumpy and lethargic, now I’m an insomniac. It’s 1:48 a.m. and I’m wide awake even though I need to “get up” in a few hours to go to work. Needless to say, I won’t be swimming this morning.
Even though I’m having serious withdrawal issues from running, I’m not going to boo-hoo about it anymore. I’m going to take my preventative medicine (rest) like a big girl, or “grill” as T Junior says. And it’s just for a week! They are so many others who have been ordered by doctors not to run due to injury and will take weeks, maybe months or more, to recover. That sucks. I should know.
And just to remind myself: I am not hurt. I am being cautious. I am resting a leg that was sore maaaaaaybe a teeny bit too long after a 3+-hour run. I am not hurt, but if I don’t run (or not run) smart, I will be.
Why the change in attitude? I was looking for a post back in my MvM archives and instead ran into this one HERE about my meeting with Coach Tony from a year ago. A quick excerpt:
“My meeting with Coach Tony today happened for a reason. I know it did. And I’m going to do the right thing. The smart thing. Be a responsible adult. Stay healthy. There are people that depend on me, you know. But it’s hard to accept that I won’t be achieving my dream on June 6. And if I think about it too much, I cry.”
That sobered me right up.
Nothing like a little smelling salt to perk you up.I haven't been on a run since my marathon, on the 9th. It's a planned break, like you I'm not injured, but I need this break. But I've noticed too that my fuse is short at times.I had to take a week-long break last year for heel issues, I think 2 weeks after I'd run an 18-miler. It was horrible but the heal pain was more tolerable after the week's rest and I was able to finish the SF Marathon. Had I not rested, I don't know… my heal was forcing me to limp almost all day, whether I ran or not. You're doing the smart thing, even if it makes you grumpy 🙂
A very good lesson for anyone with a tough dream. Also good to remember that time passes….and chances come again.
I never thought to do this–reread posts where you were struggling. I think you are being super smart about your leggy-leg. No need to hurt that sucker.Can you believe my cuz bought that shirt b4 Coach was even at Wazzu? He attended a game at qwest and had to sport it cuz his friends were Cougs. He and I are both originally Huskers!Get better Kerrie even though you are NOT hurt!
It's so hard to give your body a break when it asks for it… but you're doing the right thing for the “long run”… 🙂
Looks like JUST what you needed to hear (read) right about now. Being smart, cautious & patient WILL win in the long run.