Well that didn’t go as planned.
As I mentioned in my post last week, the first 6 weeks of training can be rough. I was definitely speaking from current experience when I drafted that post. But after I wrote it, my situation changed from early training is hard to it is time to listen to your body, Mint. My heels were really hurting during each run and every mile+ was painful. I know it had to do with tight calves and hamstrings, and I knew it would be more than dumb to continue running through it when:
(1) Plantar faciitis can be a long-term injury if you let it get out of hand; and
(2) I really don’t need to be pushing the envelope right now since my next goal races are shorter distances and months away.
I needed a break. So I told my coach what was going on and told him I needed some more time off. He agreed, modified my schedule, and also just told me to do whatever I needed to this week and next week. It was a tough decision because I hate bailing on training, but I knew it was the smart call. I’ve never been truly sidelined with an injury and I am not interested in inviting that now.
Monday through Friday I ran zero miles. It ended up being a good week for the time off though because I was really busy at work and with family commitments. I did do lots of stretching and my arm weights, however.
Saturday I ran for just over an hour. I had no heel pain whatsoever and just as I was finishing my run I was thinking of how great it was to be pain free. Almost immediately after that as I (slightly too early) turned into our driveway, I hit the edge of the concrete where the curb starts and completely wiped out. I even did a little roll thing (but I am quite sure it didn’t look as graceful as I’d like to imagine). Heh. I’ve never fallen before during a run and I have always wondered how people manage to fall while running. Now I know. By the way – that hurt. 6.9 miles (8:58 pace)
Sunday I was sore. This was so disappointing. I don’t think it is due to the fall either. But my hammies were really barky. During my Christmas shopping, however, I found some awesome Christmas socks (thanks for pointing me to Target, Sassy!) and had to take them for a spin. I got in 4.9 miles (8:42 pace).
I am putting my bike on the trainer for next week so hopefully I can loosen these darn hammies up. If anyone has additional suggestions, please bring them my way. In the interim:
PSA – Do not let your trainers get to this state before switching them out: