Last night after calculating my miles (because I’m a little behind schedule and didn’t calculate last week), I realized this…
It’s kind of a big deal in my life, so much so I decided to post about it. Pre July 12th (ie injury..), I ran every single run as hard as I could and ran roughly 50-55 miles weekly. Every run was at a 7:10-7:30 pace weather my body liked it or not. Want to know how I accomplished such a feet?
I did a lot of runs on the treadmill where it didn’t matter weather my body wanted to go fast or not. My ass would be flying off the back and smashing glass if it didn’t. I began to love the treadmill (but only because it forced me to run fast).
Even though I was running (count this 20 LESS miles) weekly than I am now…I was more tired. As a running n00b, I learned my lesson with that injury. Don’t get me wrong I won’t sugar coat it and say I didn’t cry every other day, but it did teach me a lot of life lessons.
Not every run you do needs to be a PR (in fact wouldn’t that take away from PRing?). Your body only possesses a certain amount of energy…no need to waste it all in practice every single run.
I know a lot of my blogging bffs are injured right now, but I promise you-you will get through it and you will run/swim/cycle to where you once were (and faster).
It may suck now (believe me, I spent a solid month crying), but you will get through it. It’s 1 or 2 months of your life. The average life span is roughly 78 years (it was on my exam today ;)) and 1-2 months is not going to make a difference, I promise. As you may know, I have been racing again and not gone personal bests yet, but I am very close to honing into them and feeling the best I have ever felt in 99.9% of my runs. I can guarantee you if I were to run a half right now I’d PR that thing like it was my job.
Getting injured was probably a pretty good thing for me, because it showed me more and faster is not always better. I can run 2 miles in 20 minutes or 2 miles in 12 minutes, and the thing is…I’ve still run 2 miles. I’m still going to improve and most important, I’m still going to be happy.
Just thoughts that entered my mind today when I ran. Stay Strong my friends and listen to that awesome body of yours, you will make it through your injuries.
Question for you:
- 1. Have you ever been injured?