Do you ever have those moments in life where you realize that you may have been so focused on the details of something that you forgot to keep in mind the big picture?
Details = weekly runs
Big Picture = half marathon race this weekend
I've been so focused this month on hitting my goal of 80 miles. I wanted that number so bad. I knew it was going to be close; I would have to be perfect in my training for the rest of the month in order to hit my goal. It seemed tough, but achievable. I had a 5 mile run on Friday (should've been ran on Wednesday but the back pain sidelined me) and then I had an 8 mile run on Saturday.
The 5 mile run went great. My legs felt strong, my heart rate was great, and I could've gone much longer. My right leg wasn't hurting and my back was fine. It was really encouraging!
My legs were heavy starting out, and I was intentionally slowing my pace so that I could practice for the half marathon. I have a hard time not just running at whatever pace feels right and I end up getting burned out before I reach my miles. This run was about practicing the art of pacing. Anyway, it was going well until just before mile 6. I was tired (but not overly so) and was running up this slight incline when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my knee under my kneecap on my left leg. It HURT. I quickly stopped running and tried to walk it off. However, the pain in my other leg (right) that's been bothering me for two weeks was awful while I was walking and in no time at all I realized that I couldn't keep walking on it like that. So, back to running...until the knee pain flared up again. It was a lose/lose situation--I was 2 miles from home and both walking and running hurt. I had no choice but to suck it up and run until it hurt so bad I couldn't, then walk until it hurt so bad I couldn't, and repeat. What a lovely way to end a run. Here's a quick look at it:
Yeah...trouble, trouble from mile 5ish on. I ended up spending the weekend icing the poor knee nonstop. I can say that my right leg isn't bothering me at all anymore because it's been overshadowed by the knee. I will be doing no running this week until the half marathon. I'm hopeful that by then whatever I have done will undo itself and I'll be ready to run strong. I can't believe I let my stupid goal of 80 miles this month get in the way of my actual real goal of running a half marathon. I knew that I was being unwise by running so much when I was having leg issues, but I couldn't give up the goal and it might end up costing me BOTH goals. Not okay with me! I think that the knee is so upset because I changed my running gait unknowingly to compensate for the pain I was feeling in my right leg. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Anyway, this week will be filled with lots of R.I.C.E. and lots of prayers. What a stupid thing to have happen the week before a race! Wish me luck--I REALLY want to run the half marathon this weekend! My family is coming into town for it, and the tulips are calling me!