If you've been following my blog for a while now, you no doubt will have noticed a theme for me:
I run myself into injury. All. the. time.
I don't listen to the cues my body gives me, and I will run simply because I want to log the miles and I don't want to miss a workout. This happens even if I know it will hurt me. Somehow I can't get my brain to override the desire to simply check off a workout in my training program. Instead of paying attention to the cues my body gives me, I go run anyway and end up missing SEVERAL weeks of running due to my own idiocy.
It was the theme for last year. I think I missed over 12+ weeks of running due to injuries last year. Not a good thing.
Anyway, this weekend I was scheduled to run 5 miles. Ever since my first run on Wednesday last week, my achilles tendon has been excessively tight and bothersome. I ran on it on Thursday (yep, still not learning from past mistakes) and the pain continued to get worse. Combined with my strength training workouts, it was definitely sore (and not the good kind) by the time Saturday arrived.
Saturday morning I woke up feeling under the weather. I was stuffed up and had a sore throat. I knew that I was not going to be getting in a workout that day because my body needed rest more than it needed a run. I opted to take an unplanned rest day and get some needed sleep so my body could catch up and repair itself. Even though it's been bugging me since Saturday that I missed that mileage, it also has taught me an important lesson: It's okay to listen to your body.
Has the world fallen apart since I didn't meet my training schedule last week? Nope.
Has my body fallen into utter disrepair? Nope. In fact, I feel much better and my heel is healing.
Will I not be able to run a half marathon now that I didn't run 5 miles? Nope. It's just one run of many runs, and I will still have plenty of mileage in my bank by the time the half marathon shows up.
All in all, it was a good lesson for someone who really struggles with missing runs. The world will continue to rotate whether or not I am 100% on all my runs. Good to know. :)