Now, yes, I agree with this wholeheartedly. But at the moment it’s a case of no running and not being happy.
About three and a half weeks ago, I had a bit of a knee issue. Right at the end of a 13km run my knee suddenly began to hurt, sharp and stabby, and just got worse and worse. Couldn’t even walk properly. Promptly made a physio appointment and just as I suspected thanks to Dr Google, an ITB issue. All good, some treatment, some taping and all good to go.
Then it got worse. Some more treatment, trying out some other taping styles and still no good, so I decided, nope, there was no way I was doing the 10km event I had planned in Newcastle. I would rather rest it for that, and focus on getting it right for GC half marathon in July.
But, as it turned out, that wasn’t the worst of my problems. One morning I woke with the most painful neck and shoulders and back. So while seeing the physio for my knee, I also had that looked into. Uhm….ow. The last week I have had pain all over my back- from my neck, down to my lower back, through the centre of my back, in my hips and across my shoulders. Sometimes it hurts in two to three places at once. Sometimes it just hurts in one. And it is very random as to where it appears- in the morning my neck could ache. Suddenly it will disappear and my hips hurt. In the evening the pain will be present just below my shoulder blade.
So between needles, machines, painful massages (I have never had physio hurt like it has these last three weeks), heat packs and lots of taping of both my knee and my back, I am still not running. My knee is all good now, well not completely, but the treatment has definitely worked some. My back on the other hand is the reason I am not running. The pain isn’t as bad as it was, so yes I can say the treatment is also working there, but it will still be another week before I can run again. At least. And then it will be building back up again. I doubt I will even be able to do parkrun for a good while yet.
And what does this mean for Gold Coast? Well that is fairly obvious, I am out. Am really upset about that, but even if I do start running again in the next week, there is just not enough time to build up the distance from where I will have to start back from. I can sense it will be even more frustrating on the day of the run too, as by then I will be more than fit to run, just not that distance.
So no running for me. Just waiting for this back of mine to start cooperating. Yesterday I thought I was on track with the planned recovery schedule. Then today I feel like I have gone backwards. Apparently though, this is the way it is supposed to play out. At least I can get some comfort in that, knowing that it’s behaving as expected. And to be honest, I have plans for running a half marathon in Maui in January, and would rather that Gold Coast becomes a weekend getaway to cheer on friends, and then be good for Maui. It’s just so long to wait, and by then it would have been a year and a half between goal events. Way too long for my liking.
Fingers crossed this time next week I will be reporting that I just completed a run!
Basically, that is what I am doing this weekend. Was going to go to future music festival on Saturday, and adjust my distances so I had less to do on Sunday, but I decided I wanted to run properly, since this will be the only way in which I will ever complete a marathon, and thus sold my ticket. So now have readjusted my distances, so that I can include Run Club on Saturday afternoon as part of the distance. Thus my multistage marathon starts tomorrow morning at 530am with a 15km run, encompassing all my favourite city sights.
It means I miss my favourite class at the gym in the morning. But it’s only once, I will live.„ right?!
Interesting to see if I can actually do this over the weekend. And I hope I don’t have the Garmin issues I have been having the last two weeks.
I can’t believe this is the second time I have sold a ticket last minute to something I had been planning on going to for ages, so that I could run instead.
apart from this, only two other events before the big one:
Hill-2-Harbour 10km in April (Newcastle)
SMH Half Marathon Relay 7km in May.
It doesn’t feel right, I wish I had more!
I thought running was supposed to make you feel worn out and welcome days when you can put your feet up and do nothing.
This week that hasn’t happened. This morning I feel like I haven’t done enough this week. I feel like I should be running today. I feel like I have cheated myself somehow through the week, and not done enough training. Part of me really wants to go for a run today, but that’s not on my plan, and despite some of the harder runs on the plan that I have had difficulty with, the plan seems to be working so far, and I don’t want to mess with it.
But surely I should be feeling more tired/sore/in need of rest than I am feeling today? This restless feeling I have today is the way I used to feel before I did any kind of regular exercise. And it’s that feeling of an over abundance of energy that used to drive me through my weekends of out partying all weekend.
I had someone recently tell me that I am not doing enough running through the week, and my LSRs are too slow, and at the time I didn’t listen to them, since Kaz (Run Club coach who wrote my plan) has had so much success with everyone else with her plans, I trust what she has outlined for me. But when I finish a week and feel like I have done no exercise through the week, I wonder if I have not been following the plan properly, or maybe I should be doing an extra run through the week? However, my tendency to overthink these things may also be coming into play here, so I will “Do What Kaz Says”, because it seems that’s how everyone else has had success!
So this morning I have just updated all my running logs, garmin connect etc. Being quite a visual person I like the logs that show the distances and times in graph format, and can’t wait to keep adding to it, and watch the lines and bars go up and up.
The rest of the day is unplanned at this stage, and with the energy I have right now, this could result in some extensive cleaning or a long walk in the rain! Can’t wait to put the running shoes on tomorrow!