Daily Run: Commence Whining

October 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Daily Run | 7 Comments

Time of Day: 5:55 AM

Weather: Warmer. The only good thing about today’s run.

Duration: 30 minutes

Estimated Distance (based on assumed pace of 7:35/mile): 3.96 miles

Notes: Thoughts on today’s run: “Wow, my legs feel great. I bet I would run an awesome half marathon this weekend IF MY ACHILLES WASN’T KILLING ME.”

But it is, so I’m not racing this weekend. I’m frustrated, upset, and feel like a wimp. These feelings are much easier to deal with than three months of not running, which is what happened the last time I should have pulled out of a half marathon and ran instead.

I went to my ART appointment today, and my doctor told me that this is just an acute flare-up. He wants me to stop running in my new insoles and thinks that they are the cause. He even said that racing is not out of the question, but that I would have to make a day-of decision and possibly even stop early if it hurt. I’m making things easy on myself and making a today decision not to race, cross-training tomorrow, and then either cross-training or running over the weekend.

Also, I chose Other in the Current Exercise Goals poll. My current goal is to complete a marathon; a goal that will be much more attainable if I do not inflict a long-term injury on myself this weekend.

Speaking of the poll and the comments: so much fun! Thank you all for participating-it’s so interesting to learn more about you. I’m going to leave it up at the top of my blog for a little while in the hopes that more and more people participate. I’ve also gotten a few questions concerning ART, half marathons, etc. I will try to address them in a separate post today. Things are slightly busier than usual, especially with the added ART appointment.



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  1. GAH that sucks… but you are doing the right thing. better not to race and not get hurt, just cause we know how races go. i would rather not start than have to pull out mid race.

    good news that its just a flare up – keep taking care of it and you will be back in no time!

  2. Sorry you’re missing out on the half this weekend 😦 I loved reading your last race report so I was looking forward to this one, but it’s much better to take a little time off than take months off (like you said)! Good for you for listening to your body instead of being a stubborn runner 😉 You’ll be back at it in no time, I’m sure!

  3. Aww I’m sorry. I think that’s a good decision not to run though if you’re hurting that bad. About a month ago I did a 10K and got really sick a few days beforehand… like chest-cold sick so I could barely breathe without searing pain in my throat and yet I didn’t want to admit I couldn’t do it so I ran, came in 1st in my age group and promptly died the next week. Missed work for 2 days and felt like hell. Moral of the story? You are not a wimp if you drop out of a race for health reasons…

  4. Oh man, that’s a total bummer. 😦 It’s such a smart decision though… not running for three months would be a hell of a lot worse than not running one race.

    Still it sucks. I feel bad for you :-\

  5. That definitely sucks. But the right decision. I developed achilles tendinosis a couple of weeks before a marathon and ran anyway… so instead of healing, it’s been a recurring problem for about 6 months. I’m now forcing myself to not run for FOUR WEEKS (asdjkaghllll!!) so that it can finally heal before I start training again.

    I’m on day 4 of this self-imposed hell. It hurts me.

    But hey, enough about my sob story! Good luck with your healing. 🙂

  6. oh man! you are reminding me of the dangers of marathon training that i know all too well 😦 definitely be careful with the achilles! i got achilles tendonitis (bursitis too) that was so bad i had trouble walking for a month. it took months to get back into running decent mileage and therefore i am always terrified of that area.

  7. Fine! I didn’t want to see you anyway! 😛

    (I’m just kidding! Get yourself healthy and come back in December, the course will be ready for you)

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