So far today we have:
1. Gone to see Dr. B. The foot is feeling back to it’s good ol’ right foot self but I just want to be extra careful.
2. Had a date with the treadmill for my 8 mile fartlek run—> my coach adjusted it to ’10 x 1 minute hard’ to be cautious.
This is what this week’s workouts look like:
3. Had a flashback when this song came on Pandora during my treadmill run.
Flashback—> When my high school boyfriend and I broke up right before a school dance my sister decided that she and I needed to get out of town and go to Vegas for the weekend. She was in college and I was 16. For about 4 hours straight we listened to the above song on repeat on the drive down. We memorized every single lyric to this song while munching on pringles and chocolate twizzlers. We sound pretty awesome when we sing it together.
Okay, I am in jr. high in this picture but you get the idea.
And me with the dog that my parents bought me when my sister went to college because I was devastated she was moving out without me:)
Crystal was my best friend for many years.
4. Went to look at a house. I am just in the homework stage of everything and figuring out what I want and don’t want. Brooke was disappointed that the doll house didn’t come with the home.
5. Drank hot chocolate because it is snowing/raining here. It’s April. Wrong on so many levels.
I have had my fair share of injuries. I’m probably a little bit injury prone and for many years way too weak in the important areas (glutes and core especially)… But many of my injuries became serious injuries because I didn’t take a few days off from running when I should have. Over the last two years I have worked hard on injury prevention. I have also tried to listen to my body more when it comes to taking time off.
**I’d rather get to the starting line of my race a little undertrained (because I had to take a few days off every now and then to avoid a serious injury) then never make it to the starting line because I ran through too much pain and ended up injured during my training.
**Running with pain takes the fun out of the sport. Might as well get the problem solved now by easing back instead of running through the pain and making it even worse.
These are just my opinions. I am not a doctor, I am just a random person from the internet that blogs about running. So yeah, this is just what I do.
When NOT to push through the pain:
-There is swelling. On Sunday when I noticed that my foot was swollen I knew that I should NOT push through the pain and that the swelling needed to be gone before I resumed running.
-The pain is causing you to overcompensate in other areas and change your form in order to run more comfortably. Overcompensating (i.e. your left knee hurts so it causes you to change up your stride and run on the outside of your foot etc) will most likely result in an injury. When we force other areas of our body to overcompensate for the area that is feeling pain or injured then we are really putting ourselves at risk. If you are limping and/or running funny… I think it is definitely time to take a few days off until you can run with your normal stride and form without pain.
-When you get second (and third and fourth) opinions telling you that you should take some time off. I sent out a text on Sunday to a few people asking their opinion about my foot. All texts back said—> take an extra recovery day. Dr. B told me the exact same thing too. So I did. We are kind of crazy as runners and getting an outsiders perspective can be a huge help when questioning whether you should be running or not.
-If you have to take pain relievers before your run. I personally do not think that taking medicine before a run/race is a good idea and if you are having to in order to run, it is time to take some time off. Plus, if we are taking pain relievers as we run we could be hurting in other areas also and not even know it… which may cause even more serious injuries.
-Your basic instincts are telling you something is wrong. This last Saturday I think I told my mom a few times that I was just feeling too run down to do my tempo run… my basic instincts were right. I didn’t listen to them—> fail on my part and that resulted in me freaking out over my foot all of Sunday. We know deep down when things aren’t right so don’t turn up your headphones so loud that you can’t hear what your basic instincts are telling you:)
When to push through the pain.
-There are just some things that flare up for me that I have experience with and know how to treat. For instance, my plantar acts up about once or twice every other month but I still run on it. Same thing with my IT band. I ease back my workouts a bit when they flare up but I know how to fix them and without taking time away from running.
-Blisters and chaffing are painful but I run through them. Running with these things aren’t going to cause any longterm injuries (that I know of).
-When I am just being a wuss and looking for excuses.
Marathon training is not exactly easy on our bodies and little aches and pains are always going to pop up—> We just need to be smart about things and know when to take some time off and when to run through them.
How do you know when to run through the pain and when not to run through the pain?
Are you having good weather where you are or crazy weather like us?
What pets did you have growing up?
Three things that you have done so far today!!