Last Sunday, I was feeling some stiffness in my knee when I walked down stairs or stood up after sitting for a long time. This is nothing new. I've had IT band issues in the past, but they really haven't bothered me at all training for this marathon. I figured a day of rest, some ice, and ibuprofen would take care of it just as it always has these past few months. On my Tuesday 8-mile run, it started really nagging me at about mile 5. Wednesday, I cut my run in half due to pain. I rested Thursday. Yesterday (Friday), I ran my 4 miles I had on schedule, but my leg bothered me all day after that. So............. I made the very difficult decision (with my husband's "encouragement"/ insistence) to rest for a full week.
I have basically started training for this marathon in January and I think I can count on one hand how many training days I've missed up until this point. In the past, I've been the type of person who would have welcomed a week off of running. I was lazy. I loved those slow recovery runs. I looked forward to rest days. Well, I am apparently not that person anymore. The thought of a full week of rest is terrifying me. Will I lose the effects of all that training? Will I gain 20 pounds if I don't run for a week? If I get to sleep past 4:00 a.m. for a full week, will I even have the desire to get up and run anymore?
I know these are silly questions (right?). I also know that, if I pushed myself to run this week, I could make things much worse, and I do NOT want to do that. All that counts is being healthy and ready on December 4. This is a cut-back week, so I think if this had to happen, this is the right time.
What this means for a week:
- No hooking up my Garmin practically every day to check my splits, etc.
- No obsessing about what I will wear on my runs or what the weather will be like (is it cold enough to wear my base layer? should I wear a cap or a winter hat? capris, pants, or shorts?)
- No falling asleep on the couch at 8:30 p.m. (who am I kidding?...I'll probably still do that)
- Probably most importantly...no stress reliever!!