I woke up yesterday and couldn’t bend my knee it was in so much pain from softball. I think I run really weird because it’s only after I play softball. I iced it during work and noticed that I didn’t have any pain while sitting, walking, etc. just when I turned my right foot outward to the right. From what I’ve been reading it’s my LCL but I don’t know much more than that. Derek and I had a run date last night, and I ran up and down the driveway completely pain free so I decided to head out and stop the second I felt pain. I love running and obviously I’m training so I need to get my runs in, but I’m not going to risk really hurting myself in the meantime. It’s definitely not worth it.
I was really excited to be wearing my running skirt again. I freaking love this thing! But then, Bear walked in…
Neither of us felt like changing so we just rolled with it and were accidental twins during our run yesterday. I won’t pretend I didn’t love it. 😉
This was the most difficult 5 miles I have ran in a LONG time. We left a car at work, drive home and changed and then ran the 5 miles to work to pick up the other car. In 90-degree humidity. With two huge hills. I wanted to stop every single step of the way. I tried slowing my pace, that didn’t work. I tried stopping and stretching at intersections, that didn’t work. I was so severely dehydrated that I felt sick. It wasn’t good. I got 4.5 miles in, stopped for about 5 minutes to walk, and then finished the last 1/2 mile. I am not a ‘quitter’ when it comes to running, but I knew I needed to stop or it would be bad. I’m glad I was able to push through and finish, but it was so difficult.
I go through a checklist in my head when I’m running to see if I need to stop or if I just want to stop:
– Does anything hurt? Is it just sore muscles that can be pushed through or is it actual pain?
– Am I breathing correctly? Is there a way I can change it up to be getting more oxygen to my lungs?
– Am I getting overheated? Is it a normal ‘I’m just hot from running’ or is my body trying to tell me something?
– If I can ‘pass’ all of the questions above I ask myself do I NEED to stop or do I WANT to stop? If I were in a race and felt like this would I push through or would I stop?
Again, I’m not looking to injure myself, and yesterday was the perfect example. My legs, knees, lungs, etc. felt fine but my body was so overheated and I needed to stop and just cool down for 5. I probably could have pushed through it, and I would in a race, but it wasn’t worth it last night.
I came home and laid outside on the hammock for a good 30 minutes before hosing myself down.
It was one of those runs that make you appreciate the good ones. About 4 miles in Bear turned to me and said ‘wow, I can’t wait to run in the fall’. I couldn’t agree more. I was so pumped to be able to run outside once it got warmer, but hurry up crisp, cool air!
Hope you’re having a great weekend! I’ll update on our weekend shenanigans on Monday! 🙂