You know how sometimes you don't feel like exercising but then you tell yourself to suit up and get out there for just 10 minutes, and then you start to feel awesome, and it turns out to be your best run ever?
Well that didn't happen to me tonight.
I was pretty tired but I was excited to go out for my run tonight. I was optimistic that my legs would feel pretty good after my long run Saturday (and two days rest), and prove that I was finally over the pain crap.
But as soon as I got out on the road, I knew there were going to be problems. The top of my left foot was very tender and sore for some reason. Thinking back, I remember tightening up the speed laces on my shoes last run. The right shoe had been getting a little sloppy so I fixed it and then went ahead and tightened the left shoe as well. It felt a bit too tight but not in a big way so I left it. Bad move. It felt fine on Saturday whie I was running, but as soon as I put my shoes on today, I could feel the tenderness and knew I had gone too far. I tried to run it out but it only got worse as I ran.
In addition, my shins were pretty darn sore too, worse than they've been in a long time. I ended walking every 5 minutes instead of every 10, and I only did 1 km loops around the block instead of running further away because I wasn't sure how long I could (should) tough it out.
By the time I was half way around my 3rd loop, my left foot hurt so much I had to walk, and then I finally have to take left the shoe off to relieve the pressure. Well there I was, limping along with one shoe on and one shoe off - that seemed dumb, so I took the other one off too and walked back home in my socks. It was dark and only 3C but my feet weren't too cold and I was careful to stay on the sidewalk and watch where I was stepping.
So, I bailed on my run and only finished 2.63 km, in 24:24, more walking than running I think.
Argh! I get SO $ %&^%#^&^ frustrated. EVERY time I ramp up my mileage a little, or do a longer run, I have problems. I really thought that with my full Galloway-style warm ups for the past 3 weeks, walking for one minute every 10 minutes of running, and doing yoga after every run, I was finally getting past the pain part.
I will continue to do yoga tonight and tomorrow and they try a short, easy run on Thursday. Please, please, let it feel ok. This Saturday I am only supposed to run 6km so that it probably for the best.
I really feel like I am going backwards though.
My average runs used to be 5km in about 30 minutes.
I did my first 5km in 26:17 (June 2007) and a year later, my 2nd 5km in 26:26.
Shin problems started up after that and I could only manage 46:17 for my 8km, and 29:45 for my tri 5km.
Then my Zen Run 10k was even worse at 1:08:07.
I often feel like I'm NEVER going to be able to get my mileage up enough to do a half ironman.
OK, whining over. Keep at it. Don't give up. Keep at it. It'll come. Some freaking way.
Oh, and I'm still 25 for 25. I did a bunch of aerbocis this morning so that makes up for my less-than-30 minute run tonight. I will also do do yoga tonight too.