After my run this past Tuesday I had decided to take a few days off of running. My decision was partly due to the fact that I did not like the route that I was stuck running this whole week, but most importantly my body was speaking to me. My calves have been hurting since last Saturday after running my first 5k. I rested on Sunday and thought I was ready to get back on the road. I pushed myself two days in a row which wasn’t too smart, and it didn’t take long for me to figure it out.
During my 3 days off I focused on strength training: a vital element of training for runners and also wore my compression socks as much as I could to help facilitate my healing process.
Today’s run was supposed to bit a lot better as I planned it in my mind… But not so much. I had everything mapped out in my head, but it all turned out different. I realized that sometimes you just have to learn to be flexible. As you might know already, I love running in the morning when the sun is not completely up and it’s still fairly cool. Plus running in the morning gives me a burst of energy that allows me to attack my day more positively.
I had a debt to pay to my father, plus I came home late last night or early in the morning (depends on how you look at it. Lol). That totally changed the game for me. The plan was to wake up earlier than usual to run my 4 miles, then pay my dues to my dad. It did not happen this way. When my alarm went off at 7, I was too exhausted to get up. With my eyes still shut, I turned it off and went back to sleep. By the time I opened my eyes again, it was time for church (Going to church was the trade off from having my dad accompany me to my 5k run last Saturday). Now I had no choice but to push my run for later in the day. Since I hate running at night for safety purpose, it was either I run in the middle of the day (in the hot sun) or skip my Saturday long run day. I chose the hot sun.
I was hoping to have an easy pain-free run, but I struggled. I struggled a lot. I started struggling right at the first mile. By the second mile, I just could not take it anymore. My left calf was on fire. I could not control my thoughts, my body was telling me no, and I gave in. I went for the walk and just was not able pick it up anymore. It wasn’t until the very last mile that I felt a boost of energy and less pain in my calf and pushed a bit harder.
If you ask me, my run today was somewhere between OMG and WTF like the picture below.
I wished I could’ve done a lot better, but on the flip side I’m glad I did not give up.
Today is the last day I get my dad to go on a run with me until next time he comes to town. I sure enjoyed his company. He pushes me to go the distance.
Few things I learned from my run today
- Listen to my body
- Get plenty of rest the night before my run
- Make my run priority (Run first thing in the morning and do everything else after)
- When the going gets rough, don’t you dare give up Vany
Now I just need to figure out a way to control my thoughts on my long runs so my mind doesn’t wonder so much and mess up my focus. This is going to be part of my goals for the month of May.
So yes, this was my run today. How was yours? Did you learn anything from it? Is there anything you think you could’ve done different or better?
Let me know below.
In the meantime Stay Healthy and Keep Running my friends!