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The Running Isn't the Hardest Part...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

While running can be difficult if I'm not in the right mindset, or if I'm tired, or if the run is so long that I'm on the treadmill for the duration of 3 different Food Network Show - it's even harder to not run.

I did my long run of 8 miles on Saturday, and it felt GREAT, except for a little bit of ankle pain at the end. My leg felt a little tight that night, but nothing crazy. However, when I hopped onto the treadmill on Monday for my next schedule run, my ankle started hurting again within 2 miles. I walked a couple miles (which didn't hurt), but was totally frustrated. That's the first time I didn't stick to my schedule.

I like following a training schedule and knowing exactly how many miles I should do on a certain date, and seeing progress, challenging myself, and feeling the Runner's High. Now I'm letting my body rest, which I know is the smart thing, but it's filling me with fears - about gaining weight, about being injured for more than a few days, about not being able to do a half marathon because of this. I know that I'm totally overthinking/obsessing, and that runners get aches all the time, but I was attracted to running because it clears my mind and makes me feel strong - now that I'm taking a break, I'm getting bummed out! :-/
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