I'm having a hard time recovering from the Half Marathon I ran on Sunday. A run that was much less distance then what should have been on my training plan for the Marathon in Oct. A run that normally should not have been so taxing (yeah because running 21km is no big deal LOL). Yet here it is two days later, with one full day of rest and I am still in a lot of discomfort. After I ran the Marathon in May I worked every day (light workouts) for a week before taking a rest day. I tried to go for a run today, thinking a light easy run might help loosen me up and work out the kinks. I got half a mile and was in too much pain to keep running. On the bright side I did get in a beautiful 8km walk on the trails. ON THE BRIGHT SIDE I was able to walk 8km and have it feel good, without pain in my knees and I can bend my knee. I need to remember that just weeks ago coming off a long run I couldn't even bend my knee for two days. I need to remember that I went into the Army Run unsure if I would even have a good run and meet my sub 2 hr goal. I did have a good run and met my goal. The end was tough, I was really tight, but I was NOT in the PAIN that I was in while struggling on those long training runs. I am doing better.
I told myself that I wanted to give it my all in the Army Run and then I would rest and heal, that tapering for the TO Marathon might be just rest. Tapering to begin with is a MIND FARK, you doubt your training, if you have trained enough, you question everything. I need to remember why we taper...to recover. That all those long runs and the ramped up milage start to break your body down. In May I remember feeling extra tired, slow to recover, and drained from simple workouts in the taper period. I remember feeling emotional and hungry, and eating to feed my emotions. I felt all that and wasn't struggling with an "injury". Now I'm back in the taper period, coming off a Half Marathon Race (ie. emptied the tank, not a slow run), struggling with an "injury", and having run my first full marathon only months ago. I guess I need to cut myself some slack.
BUT I miss the way my body used to feel when I ran. I miss that ease. I miss that fluid feeling of powerful strength. I know I can find it again, IF I take care. I'm continuing with my physio exercises, I'm stretching and doing yoga once a week, I'm foam rolling like a mad woman. I'm cutting way back on the intensity of my workouts, taking more rest days, and I am eating really nutritious foods to fuel my body and its repair. I have an appointment at Solefit on Monday to have a running assessment done. I'm investing in making sure I'm running properly and avoiding injury.
In all of this I am surprisingly calm about the TO Marathon, I have let go of the pressure I was putting on myself to run it for a personal best. Instead I am going to go and run easy, cover the distance and be proud that I have run my 2nd Marathon Distance.
|I'm in the fugly orange hat :)|