I can’t believe made I through a whole week without running. I don’t like it. But it has been the right thing to do.
I still haven’t shaken my cough, three weeks later. My legs are finally starting to feel ok, but it’s never taken this long for me to feel like my usual self. The decision to cut my marathon short was 100 percent the right one.
When I saw my personal trainer Monday, he said he’d never seen me so ragged, like I’d run two marathons. I’ve been working with him over the course of three of my four marathons, and he noted that I’d always snapped right back after the previous ones. Not this time. He said at least my color was looking better when I saw him again on Thursday.
Clearly I was not ok going into this latest race.
I think I’m going to try a short, super easy run tomorrow and see how things feel. Aside from the cough, my lower right leg still isn’t quite right. My chiropractor believes it is a strain near the bone, which is why it feels a little shin-splinty. It does feel better after I’ve moved around a bit, so it’s most likely a soft tissue injury. He feels optimistic that I can start running on it while continuing treatment. My left hamstring, which I think is the primary reason I got a compensating injury and what was really slowing me down pre-race, seems much better. We’ll see how it does with a little run. It struggled the most with speed work, so I’m thinking a week or two of easy runs should be fine.
It bums me out to not be running right now. Like many, I find Christmas to be super stressful and kind of depressing (many of my readers know I do not have a relationship with my parents, and previous holidays with them do not have fond memories except regarding my grandparents, so I get into a funk), and running helps take the edge off the stress.
It doesn’t help that I’m still getting through all the laundry from three weeks away. And my house is kind of a mess. But I’m going to see Star Wars tonight, so yay! Even with my holiday and post-race blues, I’m still looking for the bright side 🙂 .