So last week I was struggling over my first run post-Stone Cat. Not struggling because I didn’t feel good, but struggling because I didn’t want to overwrite this –
But by Sunday morning, 7 days post ultra, I was ready and even excited to slip into my running shoes and head out. Bella was excited too, since she had also gone 7 days without her fun, lead-less run. I took one last look at my DailyMile “last run” of 50 miles, and replaced it with a last run of 5 miles.
I survived the DailyMile mileage replacement just fine. It’s the post-5 miles I’m having a bit of trouble with….
Since Monday, I’ve been indulging in lots of R.I.C.E. activity and trying to embrace this new found post-race inactivity. Of course, because I can’t run at this moment, that’s all I want to do!! I have a firm grasp on perspective though; I am not a few days prior to a big race and I don’t seem to be formally “injured”. I've self diagnosed, with the help of my physiologically smarty-pants friends, that I’m probably experiencing an over-use strain and, as long as I take care of it properly now, it should work itself out soon enough and not return. So far so good!
Moral of the story? Next time, leave the 50 mile “last run” intact on DailyMaile for a reallllllyyyyy long time. Maybe I can take back the 5 miler, if not to avoid the strain, but at least to milk the memory of that “last run" for as long as possible...