Yesterday I wrote, “lessons learned” and then in the afternoon I had a chance to prove that I learned a lesson.
I have found that it is important to run even when I don’t “feel” like it. If I don’t run when I’m tired or a bit sore, I’ll never run. That isn’t good and I would never meet my goal of qualifying for Boston. On the other hand, I have had to learn the lesson that sometimes it is important to listen to your body. Some aches and pains or even just being tired is a sign that things aren’t going in a good direction and perhaps I need to pull back some on training or even take a break.
Yesterday was great running weather. I had only run once for 5 miles since last Thursday because my achilles was hurting. But my 5 mile run on Sunday went very well and I had no problems yesterday during work, so I was excited to hit the road running. I don’t have a run plan this week, but just a “see how it goes” plan.
I got 1/2 mile into my run and I felt that pain in achilles. Ugh. I realized that I was so looking forward to my run that I started too fast. I slowed down and ran relaxed trying to make sure I wasn’t pushing off my feet, but allowing gravity to move me forward. It was too late. That pain, not severe pain mind you, but still pain, was back and I couldn’t get past it. I ran for a total of 2.2 miles and decided to walk home.
It was disappointing to me that I had done a stupid thing and started too fast, but in the end, looking back, I’m excited that I showed that I had learned a valuable lesson. I know that I shouldn’t push past pain all the time. I know that it isn’t a bad thing to stop a run in the middle. I learned that if I act wisely today, then I’ll be able to run tomorrow.
I’ve learned that there are runs that you push through the pain and meet your goal and there are runs that need to be stopped and you go home and rest.
I’ve learned lessons this past week that I hope I continue to remember. I’ll probably never be a “great” runner. But with consistency I can be a good runner. However if I don’t run with wisdom, I won’t be a runner at all.
I’d rather walk home from a run, then finish it and have to stop running.
I hope I remember this lesson next time.