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Treadmill 10K- the most important run ever.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

This is probably the most important run I have ever done. Most of you know that I have been having some real issues with my IT band, so much so that I ran a little a few weeks ago and had to cut it off after mile 2 because the pain was intolerable. Last night I wanted to go for a run BAD. I really felt strong and ready ( you runners know what I mean, you really feel it, the mojo is there) but I was afraid to do it because i didnt want to get a few miles out then have to call for pick up not to mention it is pretty cold out right now.

I decided to go to the gym and do it on the TM there. It was so important to me that even though dinner was ready, I skipped. I knew if I ate, it was all over and it might be a while before I get to that place again. Strike while the iron is hot.

I found that after a short layoff from running, you lose alot of cardio fitness pretty quick and struggled through it. Normally I would blow through a 10K and then look at you like "is that all?" I had to dig deep and get my focus and my mental toughness back online. I wanted to quit after 3.1 but I HAD to do it. I was not in pain at all, just having to press on due to a lack of mental focus and detraining. I had my feelers out to punch the button at the first sign of trouble but it never came. All went well.

During the run/walk, mentally I was replaying memories from my past races and putting myself back into the excitement, the feeling of needing to dig in and perservere and the starting line excitement. When it was all over, I felt like I had finished a race, the pride, the sense of accomplishment, even a little "post race" commentary with one of the trainers on duty who commented how impressed they were that I was on the TM for so long.

What I gained from all of this is worth far more than calories burned or turining in some time but rather getting over the fatalistic "boo-hoo i'm injured" mentality, giving me hope that my future marathon in the spring may not be all washed up. I might have a chance to pull this off if I keep the stretching routine and rest.

The hope I now feel was worth the effort, the sweat, the late dinner. Im not a washout, Im only just getting started.

Sometimes you just gotta wanna!!
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    I so needed to read this today. I seem to have injuries over and over. I previously ran. I ran alot. I now have chronic pain with Morton's Nueromas post surgery. Although I have learned to "live with" the pain, I have been grieving my loss of running. But I can still walk, and there is no doubt that losing 55 lbs will only help ease the pain. So, I will be inspired by your words and the many words of others and I will put one foot in front of the other. Thank you again for reminding me that I have a choice about how I handle this life of mine.
    2036 days ago
    At this point I am no where near being a runner, but hope to get a little closer with my walk today. Thank you for such an inspirational blog.
    2037 days ago
  • v ELISEL
    Just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to run today. I had tons to do today and before I knew it, it was 3pm. That and the fact it was 40 degrees out with wind I was just going to ditch my run today. But after sitting at the computer and reading your blog I decided to get my butt out the door and do it.

    Like you I suffered injury this year...hip bursitis for me and lost cardio strength. Now I'm finally back in it and I don't want to make excuses not to run.

    Thanks for the blog!
    2063 days ago
    emoticon Keep it up! Sending you lots of wishes for NO IT BAND pain!!!
    2063 days ago
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    I think say says it all!
    2064 days ago
    So proud of you emoticon
    2064 days ago
    That is totally awesome. Way to go!
    2064 days ago
    WOW - that's awesome. I just cannot run that long on the treadmill, even if I forgo the slight incline...

    Good job - you should be proud!! You earned it!!

    2064 days ago
  • v LAURIE5658
    Robert, way to go! Mary is correct with the listening to your body thing. Once you have been sidelined due to an injury everything changes and you will do anything to keep from going back to the sidelines.

    2064 days ago
  • v IMSMILEY88
    Congrats! It sounds like you really had to pull out some mental toughness to complete this run. And, you did it! I'm sure it feels wonderful to be running again! And, I'm betting you'll gain back your fitness level pretty quickly.
    2064 days ago
    I will tell you - you will have a new respect for listening to your body and a new love for running after a lay up from either an injury or tightness which causes you to stop running. You are right. Just keep on the straight and narrow - come back slowly and continue to stretch and do exercises.
    2064 days ago
    Great news and way to stick it out! You're a RxStar!!!

    2065 days ago
    Way to go Robert.
    2065 days ago
    YEAH ROBERT!!! None of us ever doubted you....congrats on the great TM run!
    2065 days ago
    I so much agree with you. I have been in the exact same place the last several weeks and it was hard starting again. But, I was like you and I knew when I was ready. I am glad you had a good run and are back in the game. I am training for a half in the Spring and there were times that I thought I might not be able to do it too.
    2065 days ago
    Even on the treadmill it feels good when you just gotta go for that run! So happy to hear you aren't having any issues.
    2065 days ago
    Robert you are so far from being a washout! I can't believe you even used that word in reference to yourself. You, dear sir, are a rock star of running, a motivational marvel and a positive powerhouse.

    I am very happy for you for your treadmill 10k and thankful the pain monster is staying away. You are such an inspiration.

    2065 days ago
    Congrats on the dreadmill run. I know the feeling of missing out on the runs. It feels like something is missing in your life. I'm happy your getting back to center. Question: I absolutely hate running on the treadmill ever since I started running on pavement so I give up after a couple of miles. Any suggestions on pulling through?
    2065 days ago
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