Last week's long run... sigh... But it is ok.
Last weekend I was supposed to run 16 miles. I was supposed to run 4x 1 mile at a 10K pace. But I have been feeling pretty worn out recently. My legs have been feeling tired. A little bit sore. And I was really struggling with some lingering sleep lacking...
I have not been getting as much sleep as I need for sure. Something about waking up at 4 am every single day will do that to you. So I have some thoughts around that, but I can get to those later... This week is not the week for that since I am traveling and therefore have a more flexible schedule overall.
I ended up with (as stated in my wrap up the week post) running 9 miles with 2 miles at 10K pace. I stopped around 8 miles (maybe closer to 7.5?) to bend over and try and stretch out my high hamstring because it was not feeling good. I had to really stretch it out. Although I had been having some niggles in that area (and even told Lauren on our way to PB once that I had some soreness in my PB ledge - where your butt cheeks meet your hamstring), this was the first time that the niggle turned into pain.
And so... I ran home. I took my shoes off. I laid down on the floor of my living room. I tried really hard to not let it get to me. I text some birdie friends. I text Charlie and Jenn. I talked to Jason. Pretty much everyone that I talked to was in agreement, and then I just had to convince myself of it. It is better to cut one run short now than to be out for a week a few weeks from now.
That evening as I laid on the couch trying to figure out how I was going to handle things I emailed my ART guy immediately hoping that I would be able to get in with him on Monday before I left for CA. Luckily, he emailed me back Sunday morning and had two openings on Monday morning. I got in to see him at 11 am on Monday morning (my flight was at 4 pm). I decided that it made MUCH more sense to get over and see him than it did to get over to Pure Barre. Especially with it being a down week.
Getting worked on by Mike was definitely painful. It always is... But it felt so good. If you are in Cincinnati and looking for someone good to help with some deep tissue work on your muscles, I highly recommend him. You can find him here: Mike Turjanica. Call him.
I am running this week. I am logging my miles, but I am taking them so easy. Because I need to be kind to myself.