I had another lesson in patience this week, but this time with the added bonus of getting a little more acquainted with my limits. After a very intense 10 days or so of training, I attempted a track workout, only pulling out a mile in with an intensely achy pubic bone. It sounds bad, but it was a flare up of osteitis pubis, which is somewhat common in post-partum runners (although at 17 months postpartum, I’m not sure I still count). In the past, I would have been devastated to pull out of a workout for any reason, but I knew it was the right thing to do, which made it an easy call. I’m not risking a chronic injury, so when it was getting worse as I ran, not better, I pulled the plug on the workout.
Coach was pretty supportive of the move and one nice bonus is it gave me a chance to chat with my teammate and former Salty blogger, Rocket, whose currently enjoying a break from training during her pregnancy with twins (you can read more about this at her personal blog)! She’s been at this competitive running thing for a long time and achieved 2 OTQ’s to show for it, so she knows what she’s talking about. She helped me realize something very important that I think a lot of us adult-onset competitive runners do not understand:
When we train hard we’re always teetering on the line between healthy and injured. Even if we’re doing everything right, sometimes we cross over it. While discouraging, it’s part of the process if you want to train and compete at a high level.
I’m not saying you have to get injured to train and race well! But, having to take a few cross training days here or there while something calms down and to prevent a long lay-off is pretty normal and not something that should be devastating. Also, and probably more importantly, taking a day off here or there should not be avoided if it’s necessary to recover and avoid a big injury or overtraining. What a liberating concept for this training log perfectionist!
And with that, here’s my not quite as disastrous as I feared it might be log:
Mon: 8 easy in the early a.m. no watch. Felt ok.
Tue: 2+ mile warm-up with drills and stride (was running late so only got in 1) and then 1 mile in 6:24 of what was supposed to be 2 miles under 13:00 followed by 6 x 800 in 3:05.
Wed: Ellipticalled for 5.25. Was going for 6, but Child Watch came to get me because my 17 month old was upset. Figured out she was hungry after swimming class. Duh, mom! Mental note: pack after-swim snacks!!!
Thu: 8 mile elliptical at tempo effort.
Fri: 8 easy in the early a.m. with no watch. After finally figuring out the foam roller, I think I found what was pulling on my pubic bone and this run felt pretty good!
Sat: 8 easy with strides – 8:00 average.
Sun: Mother’s day date with good friends! 14 miles averaging 7:28. Woohoo! I needed that!
Total: 41.25 miles running and 13.25 miles elliptical