Well guys, let’s get right to it!
Not to be Debbie Downer, but that lower leg pain I mentioned in my last post? Still lingering… and feeling kinda, sorta worse? Ugh.
Yesterday I tried to run per my training plan, being the good little schedule follower that I am. And I was not terribly successful.
My run morphed into this:
That would be a stationary bike at the gym combined with reading about running. Right.
I may have actually angry tweeted Nike about their running shoes ruining me, too. Yes, I was THAT runner.
In a nutshell, when I started to run last night I instantly felt that same pain in my leg that I’ve had been experiencing recently, only screaming a bit louder than it was during Sunday’s five miler. I immediately stopped my run, nervous I would only make the injury gods angrier if I decided to ignore the pain.
And now I’m sort of at a loss as to what to do (besides foam rolling, icing, and Advil popping).
In the past, during my pre-half marathon running days, I used to constantly run through any potential injury pain, basically until I would end up completely injured and on crutches or banned from running for a couple of months. I spent most of grad school that way, as a matter of fact.
In the last few years, however, I became a lot better at listening to my body. I also began to honor running as a blessing in my life and have appreciated any opportunity to do it at all. (source)
As a result, I’ve learned to back off as soon as I start to feel an injury brewing. The first twinge of significant pain while running in the last few years. and I typically end the run and take a hiatus until the pain seems to have healed or faded. Now, I’m NOT talking about uncomfortable sort of pain (like feeling like puking because of a tough hill or getting a mean side stitch). I mean real, physical pain……. the sort of pain that tells you an injury is probably near if you don’t press pause and reevaluate whatever’s going on.
So far, that’s served me well! I’ve avoided serious injury for the last two years or so as a result. And since i’m injury prone as it is, I’ve taken training for these recent half marathons very seriously. As you’ve seen, I try to follow my training plans to a ‘T,’ making exceptions or shuffling workouts as needed, but mostly sticking to the plan per week.
But now… well I’m torn. A familiar voice is telling me to not be a wuss because running through pain and building mileage ASAP is necessary to be prepared for the quickly approaching OC Half Marathon. The other side of my brain — the more logical, non-runner side? — is shooting out reminders that it’s best to hold off on running until the pain is noticeably fading, before I head face first over the injury cliff and can’t run ANYWHERE, never mind at one unimportant (eh… in the grand scheme of things sort of way) race.
SO, instead of getting worked up about the possibility of not being able to take on my next half marathon, I’m trying to be really zen about all this. In other words, taking training and the pain one day at a time. Totally zen, right? And then next week, we’ll reevaluate.
I’m headed to a barre class today and will probably take another stab at running tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!
Runners, what do you think? Better to train though pain and hope it fades away eventually on its own, or actively rest until it’s gone and then pick back up on your training if possible?? I want to hear your opinions please!