|Caution: You may encounter poisonous snakes|
and alligators in this area.
How often do you get to go for a walk or run where the wildlife might eat you?
Today was our scheduled long-run day in preparation for an upcoming half marathon. Hubby knocked out exactly 13.1 miles. I, on the other hand, had "issues."
I have been trying to ignore nagging hip pain on my runs for the past couple of weeks, but this morning the offending hip was worse. I stretched and foam-rolled before the run. Yet the hip didn't ease up after the first 15 minutes of running like it usually does. So I had an epic "should I keep going or not?" battle raging in my head for nearly two hours.
|My run / don't run brain fought like these sea lions...|
Keep going: Run my planned 12 miles, despite the hip pain.You know it's bad when your mind starts calling itself names...
Not: Risk aggravating what is clearly an injury.
Keep going: Suck it up. After all: No pain. No gain.
Not: Skip my 12 today, hit the foam roller, and try again tomorrow.
Keep going: There is only one more long run between now and the race. This is crucial training time!
Not: You might not be able to race at all if you make this injury worse.
Keep going: You're being a wuss!
Not: You'd be stupid to push this! This isn't just tired muscles!
And, of course, this debate was in full swing as I was out on the road slogging along. (Do as I say, not as I do?)
In the end I decided on a middle-of-the-road course of action. When the hip showed no signs of loosening up, I adopted a run 10 / walk 5 strategy. (And yes, I am ashamed to admit, on my running blog, that I walked so much of my morning "run." I am also embarrassed to admit that I continued running when I probably should not have...) I finished something closer to 9 miles than the planned 12.
Over post-run breakfast, Hubby and I were debating the "should haves" again. His perspective was:
"If you had asked me this three years ago, I'd have said 'suck it up.' But now I know powering through can make things worse, so I'd say 'this won't be a PR race for you anyway, so you risk more with injury than with miles at this point'."That perspective should make me feel better... but I still feel like a wuss for my poor performance this morning.
And yet I also worry that I pushed too hard this morning for "junk" miles when I should have just called today a rest day and tried again tomorrow.
Maybe I'll go back to focusing on 5ks...
Do you ease up when you feel joint pain, or do you push through it?
Do you feel nagging guilt when you cut a run short?
Photo (of sea lions) courtesy of Liz Noffsinger / FreeDigitalPhotos.net