Last week, I guess I hit a huge bump in the road. My hip was sore, my feet hurt and I had a rough work week. My running buddy was injured and out of the marathon and I was seriously questioning my ability to finish this thing. Sunday, I planned to skip my long run as I just didn’t think I had it in me to do.
Sunday came and I decided to just give it a try. I had nothing to lose since I already felt lost. I put one foot in front of the other and started running. 13 miles later, I met my husband down by the beach. I was so proud of that run. It was slow and steady and mostly pain free. Could it be? I felt like I had one foot on the ladder, ready to climb out of this darn pity party.
This week was a short work week. I met my trainer in Central Park on Thursday. We did an hour of strength and she rolled my legs – ouch. Off I went for a short 4 mile run in the park. It felt slow, but when I got on the bus and looked at it I saw I had some nice segments. Central Park is a tough run, so those PR segments really boosted my bruised ego.
This morning I met my trainer for our Saturday morning session. I was sore from Thursday so her rolling helped. After an hour of strength, activation and rolling I was ready to run. I only needed a shorter run today as this is a recovery week. I set my sights on Cat Hill and off I went.
Today’s run also had some strong segments, but overall these legs were tired. I’m feeling like I’m in a much better space today. My belief that I will finish marathon this has returned. I wish I had more time to prepare, but it is what it is.
In speaking to other runners, there are many who are hurting right about now. But, guess what, it’s supposed to be hard, it’s a marathon for heavens sake. If it were easy it wouldn’t be a challenge and everybody would be doing it. Just like I tell my students, the growth comes at the point of the struggle. This week, I realized that I’m tougher than I thought. It would’ve been easier to quit, truly. But, then I’d be full of regret and have to do this all over again. Nope, I’m not a quitter. I’m in it to finish. How about you?
Thanks Jessica for picking me back up off the floor. Today I ran Central Park hills, tired but pain free. http://runpainfreenow.com
How’s your training going? What do you do when the going gets tough? Leave me a messsage below.