I don’t have a body made for running. I realize this and I wonder sometimes how I do what I do.
I was born with hips that turned inward. They turned in so much that I had corrective shoes and a bar to hold my hips outward. To this day if I’m tired my feet turn inward when I walk.
Most days that I run I am in pain. It got better after my rest weeks following my half marathon, but as I built up mileage for my upcoming marathon the aches and pains returned. I know, I am 50 after all and I have only been running for 17 months, but I face the fact daily that moderate pain is something I have to deal with. At least it is pain I voluntarily inflict on myself, unlike so many people who are in pain that they have no control over.
I say all that to say this. I HATE WORKOUTS. I am not one of those runners who run a tempo, steady state, or hill workout and think, “wow, that was fantastic.” Maybe no one likes workouts, but they hurt me physically.
I have used the heat of the summer to avoid workouts before this marathon. I know, not a good idea. Well the weatherman laughed in my face this week as the temperatures in the mid afternoon have been in the high 70’s. Okay. My excuses are now gone. I know what I have to do. Hmmm…
So yesterday I did a steady state run. I warmed up one mile and then went into my run. I probably should have warmed up two miles, but I didn’t. It didn’t go badly. I got 3 miles under my belt and only had some slight pain in my inner thigh. My achilles has been acting up also.
So after the 3 miles under 8:00 pace I stopped for a break. I went inside my house and drank some water and used the bathroom and went back out. More pain in my inner thigh. It was to the point that I could have pushed myself, but what if I really pulled something that would affect my upcoming race; so I stopped.
I know tapering is called one of the hardest parts of training for a marathon, but I’m looking forward to it. I run so much better after an off day. I assume tapering will help also. Tomorrow is 3 weeks until the marathon and so I really only have another week or so of pushing it.
Today, hill workouts. Tomorrow, running with Neill (@BigBigGeek, BigBigGeek.wordpress.com) and Sunday my long day. I probably won’t have much time to write this weekend, but I will try to “Hang with the dog” at least one day. 🙂
Have a wonderful (pain free) weekend!!!