My 1st real week of training for the Airforce 1/2 marathon in September started on Monday. For a week before Monday, I didn’t run at all because my knee was hurting pretty bad. So, Monday I decided to try to run. It was a pretty hard run for some reason, I mean it was hot and I worked out the day before, and worked 12 hours, nothing too abnormal. But Tuesday, I woke up with a sore throat. I went to work anyway and by the end of the day I thought I was gonna die. Every muscle from my neck to my feet ached horribly, like I VBVwas run over by a truck. Chills, sore throat, body aches…sounds like the flu, feels like the flu. Today is Thursday and I still feel like shit. Last night I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t even swallow my own spit, it hurt so freaking bad. Today, resting. My Nike trainer just reminded me that I have a 4 mile run tomorrow. I already missed a 4 mile run on Tuesday. I’m so discouraged. It seems like every time I get going strong and feeling good and making progress….. BOOM!! Shit blows up, a wrench thrown into the plan, its always something. Its like I keep having to start over all the time over and over again. It doesn’t seem fair.
So, I will rest until I get over this shit and hopefully by Monday I will be up and running again. Two weeks behind on my training and my strengthening, hopefully I don’t get injured trying to get started back up again.
Take it slow and make sure you LISTEN to your body’s needs!
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OK, while being told to take your body’s needs you are planning to compete. Unless you are planning on doing 10 plus minute miles in the race, yes cut yourself some slack. if you wish to improve there are options. Do far shorter intervals at a faster per mile clip pace and repeat, this will put yourself into better runner’s form and the better the form the less the pain. If you have to learn how to run, do so with interval running drills. If you are running 8 ish minutes already get a runner’s knee strap and a TENS unit for pre and post exercise.