I hate having to make a post like this. Just uttering the phrase, “I didn’t run today” makes me feel like a chump, not because I backed out of a run I should have and could have done, but simply because I’m so incredibly motivated to put in as much effort into my training as possible that it kills me to miss out on those miles. I mean, damn, I already cut my easy run short yesterday in preparation for today’s workout, and then I didn’t run today’s AT ALL. Ultimately, what I’m doing is the right thing and is better for my running in the long..well…run, but it’s still a hugely annoying and counter-intuitive process. To not run that is.
And I didn’t run, for the record, due to a strained tendon behind my right knee. I know it was from going all out on that last mile during the workout Tuesday. I should have stretched a little more after running that hard and maybe it might have sped up the recovery process, but as it stands I really needed to take today off. I cut yesterday’s run short and all day during work I tried to convince myself that the pain had subsided enough and I just needed to warm up before it went away completely. However, after riding my bike home and sitting down at the computer, when I stood up I felt the tendon constricted and tight, sending a deep soreness into my leg as I attempted to straighten it out. There was no way I was going to be able to knock out 13 miles today, 5 of them at 5:30 or faster pace, with hills. Just not gonna happen. I KNOW it’s the right thing to do, especially if I want to get a good 20 mile run in Saturday with the Tuesday night guys, but my previous sentiments still overwhelm.
I’m trying to make the best of the downtime though. For instance, this is what I did last night…
That’s me reading “Duel In The Sun”. You can slightly see me icing my injury in the background. Here, this is a better photo.
Yes. I am a nerd. A HUGE VEGAN NERD. I don’t ice my leg with your standard sports ice pack, no, I use stir fry vegetables…..and I force my girlfriend to take photos of it to put on my blog. *Sigh*
Anyways, I REALLY REALLY hope this heals enough for me to get out for an easy run tomorrow…but if not, it damn well better be ready by Saturday or someone is getting a time out, unfortunately that someone would be me again. Let’s hope I don’t post about this subject much (or at all) anymore.
Don’t rub it in
Breakfast – Oatmeal (w/ peanut butter, turbinado, raisins, almonds), coffee
Lunch – Leftover cous cous w/ broccoli and tofu
Dinner – Cous Cous w/ potatoes and vegetables and corn on the cob
Snacks – Coffee, Gatorade, Water, Banana, Americano, Chocolate milk