OOPS...I DID IT AGAIN
First official blog post that is actually being typed on/in SquareSpace!!! It has been a week this week, let me tell ya! It's that magical time of the semester for college students everywhere. Spring break is edging closer and the work load is expanding exponentially! Not to mention all of the exams. And quizzes. I, for one, have been stressed out beyond belief for the past week or so. I haven't been sleeping well. And that coupled with my hip issues has really been impacting my workout and blah blah. You get it.
However, taking the time today to step away from school/study mode and just focus on my blogging and transitioning over to this platform was exactly what I needed. It was like a breath of fresh air...even if it took me 2 hours just to semi/sorta/barely get this whole thing figured out. And the whole time I just kept thinking about how big of a leap it was for me to pay $70 for a yearly membership and my custom domain and how things were getting REAL. As if they weren't already there with all of the personal shit I put on here and that fact that people from my hometown now know about this thing I do called "Blogging."
Anyhow, back to the title of this post. If you don't know that "Oops I did it again" is a pop song or that Britney Spear sang that song...I seriously question your music choice. Because I am 99% sure that I still own this CD, I'm just not exactly sure of it's location at the moment. So, about today's run...I may or may not have broken my own rule in regards to not running when your pain/injury effect your running form to like a huge degree. Oops!
In my defense, I felt not that bad yesterday when I ran 4 miles at 9:25 pace And I iced both hips for at least an hour last night. Maybe it's the lack of sleep or my body is finally subcuming to the stress. Back to this morning run! I was only 14 seconds in when I knew it was going to be a huge struggled, both physically and mentally. I was hurting, bad and running fast or long was not going to be an option. So, I did what any normal, intelligent runner would do and pushed on through the pain.
At the 1.5 mile mark, quitting at 2 seemed like a good idea...but then a really good song came on and it took me past the 2 mile mark so I had to go for 3. (Jack Daniels Showed up by Chase Rice in case you were wondering) The worst part was the last .4 miles or so when my legs were pretty much spent. At that point both hips were throbbing as was my left shin. And when I was finally able to hit the stop button, things went from bad to worse.
As I staggered over to the windowsill to sit down and record my mileage/time I found myself on the brink of tears 1. Because I was so looking forward to running 5-6 miles this morning like I usually do on Friday's, and 2. Because I was hurting and I have a very low pain tolerance. I thought back to how good last Friday's 6 miler felt. Outside. In the cold and wind and icy sidewalks. It was risky. And hilly. And boy did it do a number on my body. But, it was worth it.
So, yeah I ran (yet again) when it probably would have been a smarter and safer choice to just not. I could have just power walked, then incline walked for 60 minutes before moving onto my 90 minutes of strength training. But I am a runner dammit! And I am a member of the #BADASSLADYGANG. I am strong as Hell and nothing is going to get in the way of me getting in my miles. So, what if my hip or pelvis is potentially out of place. Maybe I tore a muscle running in the cold last Friday. Or maybe at the ripe old age of 21 I am ready for the nursing home and a lifetime of bingo.
No matter what happens between now and my next run on Sunday, I know one thing for sure. I will continue to push past my limits and do stupid stuff. I will run when I'm in pain or when my body is telling me I shouldn't. I will also have moments of clarity when I make the smarter choice of taking the day off from running. IT'S CALLED BALANCE. How does that saying go...You live and you learn! Oh and there's that country song about How are we supposed to be old and wise if we ain't every young and crazy?! I'm just over here trying to learn from my mistakes...even if that means making the same mistake 100 times.