So yesterday morning I ran three miles and it went just fine but I haven’t been feeling so hot in general since that 12 mile fiasco.
I’ve had these phantom twinges in the usual places on my right side, arch and ankle; but now, also on the back of my left heel. And both kneecaps.
I’ve been trying to ignore it. I thought if I didn’t mention it, it wouldn’t be real. But let’s face facts. No matter what I do? Something always hurts.
I read in RW that beginner runners are more likely to get hurt during long runs because they don’t know how to run efficiently when they’re tired, and I’m fairly certain I fall into that category.
I’ve run six half marathons, but I haven’t done any of them all that well, in my humble opinion. I know I don’t run well when I’m tired. And I think that is primarily what’s causing the pain: my stupid self.
Also, it just so happens I am leaving on a jet plane come Saturday and likely won’t get a lot of running in while I’m strolling the streets of Deutschland. Can you picture me running down the city streets of Hamburg, the cobblestone lanes of Rothenburg, the platzes of München? Yeah, neither can I.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m down for a teeny tiny break anyway. I’m going to take it easy next week and come back pain-free and ready to kick ass all the way through October. Then I taper. Then I dominate. Then I’m done.
So here’s what I propose. Feel free to tear it apart as needed (click to enlarge).
I do seven tomorrow; basically take next week “off,” and then do my 14 as soon as I get back from Germany. (We actually get back Saturday night so it’s not like I’m planning to hop off the plane and immediately go run 14 miles).
Then Week 10 is business as usual.
Thoughts? I really need your help on this one, folks. Turns out I haven’t a clue what I’ve gotten myself into.