Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Go Speed Racer!

Ok, so it was more like, "Go Speed Walker!" Hahaha! I felt like Hal on that episode of Malcolm in The Middle. You know which one I'm talking about. (It was freakin' HARD to find a clip of that episode online or even a picture of Hal in his weird outfit. So, the one website that I found is full of ads and crap. Sorry!)

Today I decided that I'd rather walk than bike. I want to go the miles. I'm getting to the point that I'd rather go 12 miles speed walking than not be able to go the miles at all. Here's the crazy thing...when I run it HURTS. When I walk...NOTHING...nothing...not one ache, not one pain, NOTHIN'. So, this is the conclusion I came to tonight: You know when you were little and everything was about being obedient? Well, I haven't been very obedient. I haven't been listening to my body, my coach, my soul, my doc...you get the picture. Today was tough. The workout wasn't tough, I felt silly, but it wasn't tough...the part that was tough was listening to my body. It's been YELLING at me, "Hey! Stop running on me, I need a break!" and I keep telling it, "Hey, listen up. I'm in control and you're gonna do what I tell ya." but, little did I know my body will make me listen.

So, today I listened. I walked, I didn't run and you know what, it paid off, I was able to go the distance with NO PAIN! Another plus about my 4 mile walk, I went right before the sun went down and it was beautiful around the lake while the sun set. It totally felt like spring. I LOVE it!
(It looks a million times better on my phone.)
For the rest of the week I'm going to speed walk my miles. I'm going to do my stretches, ice my knee, listen to my body, and do what I know is right. I'm still going to the race on Saturday. I won't PR and I probably won't even run the whole thing if at all, but I know if I let myself heal now then I will be in great shape for my marathon in less than 60 days! :)

8 comments:

Denise said...

I was in a similar predicament yesterday. I was suppose to run 4.5 miles. At 2.87, my shin/leg hurt... alot. Normally I would just push through it but I told myself if you injure yourself you are screwwwwed. ha! So, I stopped and I walked the rest of the way. Tomorrow instead of running I'm getting on my bike. I'm going to give the pounding on my body a little break.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Yay for no pain! Hope this weekend goes well. Just listen to your body and you will be OK!

Amanda said...

The last two weeks of rest on my knee were hard for me too, but walking brought me back to when I first started losing weight and all I could do was walk. Beautiful picture!

Courtney said...

Glad to hear you were able to walk with no pain. Just keep listening to your body and you'll be running again in no time.

Amy said...

Way to go. I'm glad you got to enjoy it!

H Love said...

smart woman! you can do this!

Emz said...

good for you!!!! So wise.

Love the photo. Forget was masses of water look like sometimes [living in AZ]. ;)

Cynthia O'H said...

One of the hardest things that we have to do as runners is listen to our bodies. It gets easier with practice - but it is always mentally tough.

Glad you listened and nothing hurts.