What a month last month was for my running. I needed that month to be able to go to the marathon next Sunday and not panic.
I had a PR in miles run in a month – 195.
I had two 20 mile runs.
I had two 28 – 30 mile weekends.
Overall is was a great month. Except…
Okay, I’m beat up a bit. My hip is feeling better today, but my achilles on my right foot is not good and the upper part of my left foot (where you tie your laces) is still hurting quite a bit.
I’ve decided that I am not running another step until I feel better. Today I am working, but tonight I will soak my feet in ice water and heat my back (not at the same time 🙂 ). My goal is to get to the starting line at the Lehigh Valley Marathon and know that I will “rock it”. That doesn’t mean I won’t run all week, unless of course it takes all week to heal.
So just consider this tapering on steroids. I have to get my body back in a good place. I don’t want to be a person who says, “I worked out for 4 months and then got hurt”.
I’m 50 years old and have only been running 17 months. Everything I do is new to me in running. I’ve learned a lot and I have a lot to learn.
If anyone disagrees (or agrees) with me on this decision to not run and to heal, please feel free to let me know. I don’t want to regret what I did or did not do the last week before the biggest challenge of my life.