The beginning of the end of was Day 22. I did a tempo workout and hit some decent mile pace times. Apparently that was all I had left to give. The next three days I continued to run, but each day became progressively harder, both mentally and physically as I was irritable, had no interest in running, was beginning to feel pain in both my Achilles and my right foot felt twinges of plantar fasciitis.
Day 25 would have been a Saturday. An easy day to get in an easy run. My body told my mind, "No, this is ridiculous. You run today, you're going to get injured." So much for mind over matter. I realize that running 30 straight days is not the best training, as I never let my body absorb the training I was putting in. As SEHRC club mate Kamran says, "Recovery is not an option," meaning you must give your body a break.
But this wasn't about training, this was a test of willpower. I don't look at my decision to stop running as a failure of willpower. Rather, I'm proud of the fact that I listened to my body and took a day off. Moreover, along the way I put in the best three weeks of running in my life.
|Running happy with Kamran and Travis|
Today, after a day off, I had a killer run with the boys of SEHRC (Travis, Kamran, Eric and Kevin). I felt strong and light and enjoyed myself. It's amazing how different you can feel after 36 hours of rest.