After my amazing 18 miler (felt good, ran at a much better pace than the 16 the week before, even cut negative splits at the end) I was sure that I would be able to hang with the 4:45 pace group in New Orleans. However, first I found out there is a 4:40 pace group instead of 4:45 which may not sound like a huge difference, but means a pace 12 seconds a mile faster then I was expecting. Then, I headed out for my 20 miler and with all the grace I possess (none, clumsiest person ever) I manage to roll my right ankle.
I took it super easy at the beginning of last week, with two extra days off and spin instead of running, and by the end of the week it felt a bit better. However, then I headed out for the Charleston Half Marathon, freezing windstorm that it was, and before I even hit the halfway point the ankle I had rolled was acting back up.
So here I am, post half marathon, and I have already taken four extra days off this week in addition to the two extra last week.
The truth is I feel super guilty about missing so many days.
The taper crazies get to me and I begin to think about how unprepared I will be, how out of shape I will get, how my body will be shocked when it suddenly must run 26.2 miles after so many days off, I basically become a bit of a mess stressing myself out during taper.
However, I tried to think logically – Work out like crazy for these next 2 weeks, never miss a scheduled run, try to keep my body and my mind convinced I am ready and then boom…. If the super sore, rolled ankle is not recovered, rested, and ready I still have to take the turn at mile 12 and run the half.
On the opposite side - Take days off, don’t try to run and spin when it hurts just to walk, focus on healing, go into the race missing the last two weeks of taper runs, but if that means the ankle is healthy, holds up better and I can keep going, run past the split, find some of the glory I experienced in my 18 miler, and finish my 4th full marathon, well then won’t that be so much more worth it?
Better safe than sorry.
Rest now, run later.
… and all that jazz.
This is the thought process running through my head right now as I spend the night with my ankle on ice as I watch TV.
Nashville is on tonight and it is my favorite show – fabulously trashy, drama filled fun.
What is your current favorite TV show?