Now onto that training thing....yep, I arranged for a new half marathon training plan to start right after attempting to PR at a half marathon on the 4th. We all do that, right? Granted, the first two days were supposed to be rest days. I ran. Short runs but I ran to adhere to my 1+ 2012 goal. My quads are killing me though. They yelled when going downstairs at work every time yesterday. But as I pulled myself out of bed this morning I still was determined to do the 4 easy miles on my training plan. I could do that, right? No. Not right. Perhaps I could have forced myself to do so and I at times that is the best plan. But today, I listened to my body.
For the first few steps my right leg just wasn't into it. I had to give it a mental message to cooperate and to have a proper gait. As I continued running the aching subsided some but I still feel it in my quad...right there....like there is a bad knot not wanting to loosen up. If I didn't have a 5K race on my schedule for the 14th I may have charged through...may have....but today I opted to run less. I said to do a mile. I went 1.58 miles. I then followed up my run with about 20 minutes of stretching focused on the legs. By the end of the stretching I could tell I was loosening up some. Going downstairs didn't hurt as bad this morning at work....but it wasn't a walk in the park either.
Do I feel guilty about this change in plans? Nope. I know I will pull through, increase my mileage again, and tackle my training plan my way....with lots of adjustments along the way.
Today I am grateful for:
- Time to stretch
- My darling daughter's enthusiasm for her birthday party
- My dear hubby's repeated comments that he is proud of me for breaking 2-hours
- Water - fresh, clean, delicious water to drink and flush the toxins out
- Solitude - yes, at times it is good to be alone in my own thoughts