Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Knowing When To Take A Break

I'm not the best at knowing when to take a break. I convince myself that my body can withstand whatever I ask of it, even though I know deep down I'm teetering dangerously close to an injury. No worries, I'm not injured…yet (thank you, Jesus). However, yesterday's itty bitty three mile run was painful (seizing quads) and last night, I felt the first sting of more than just discomfort in my inner thigh - my adductor, I believe. This would make perfect sense. I have week hips and have been working to strengthen them for a while now, but I still feel them pop (yes, pop) on my runs and when I'm stretching. So I spent last night with my grad homework and a bag-o-peas…


I'm taking today off and stretching every five minutes to ensure that I can get through the rest of my runs this week. Tentatively, I have 3 miles on schedule for tomorrow and a long run (9-10 miles) Saturday. But I'm going to do whatever my body needs. If that means doing yoga for the next week, banging out an 8 mile run next week, and then running my race the best of my ability the following week, so be it. Remember, life goes on, PR or no PR.

On to last night's workout…

30 minute run (3.2 miles) - average pace: 9:25


Mile 1: 9:25
Mile 2: 9:12
Mile 3: 916
Mile .2: 2:14

I then went on the elliptical for 30 minutes (no pain on the elliptical, so that's good), followed by some quick strength training. I need to spend more time with weights, but I love cardio so much more (the great dilemma)…

Do you have any tips for avoiding injury? Pre-stretching, post-stretching, etc? 

How did you celebrate hump day? I have a grad presentation tomorrow that has taken over my life. 

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