This whole recovery and rest thing just isn’t working for me… I swear every run missed makes me feel like I’m back at the beginning. I went for a run yesterday morning and finally it was nice outside and I no longer had to run indoors. Yesterday’s run was for 12 miles. My physiotherapist recommended I take it easy and go no longer than 9 miles, I only ran 8 miles. Just like the week prior, the pain started roughly around mile 6 and persisted and slowly worsened as I continued to run. Again, I kept thinking maybe this was all in my head and kept telling myself to stop thinking about the pain. Unfortunately after mile 7, I decided it was time to start the run back home.
It’s very frustrating.. a week of rest and taking it easy, following the prescribed stretches/exercises and yet there’s no improvement in the pain. I know I need to be a bit more patient but we’re in the 2nd half of the training program and I really feel like each run is important, especially the long Sunday runs. Next Sunday is the start of our much longer runs @ 18 and 20 miles. These are the runs that will truly prep me for the full marathon. And if I can make these runs, I’m starting to get nervous about my ability to run the marathon. What if this pain never goes away?
I’ll be back at the physiotherapist today and hopefully the massage therapist as well. Hopefully there’s something else that I can try to help.