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Broken Streak

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today is Tuesday, a work at home day. It was a beautiful day for a lunch run, 30 F and partly sunny with N wind 6 mph.

I didn't run.

This morning the bad foot ached a bit, but not enough to keep me from running. My right calf had a training twinge, but not bad enough to keep me from running. When I went out for my pre-work walk, I noticed my right hamstring was a bit weak and was chattering at me as I walked. I contemplated keeping the lunch run shorter than usual.

Come lunch time, I did a light jog up and down the hallway to test. Yes, I could still feel the weak hamstring and twingy calf. The foot wasn't bad enough to cancel a run, and the calf wasn't that bad, and I might have got away with running on the hamstring . . . but with all of them, I decided the better part of valor was to give that leg another day's rest.

In practice, that means two more days' rest because I won't have time for a run on Wednesday. Thursday is the next normally scheduled run. I don't want to run on Friday, because that would be consecutive days. I don't want to run on Saturday, because that would be consecutive with the next long run on Sunday.

So I'm breaking my streak of running at least 20 minutes continually, 3 days a week. Mr. Testosterone whispers in the back of my head that I could just do a short run Friday evening and keep the streak alive . . . but I don't trust him.

Patience, Kevin. Remember that the top priority is avoiding injury. Take the day off, and get back to running on Thursday. Let the leg rest up, and avoid worse consequences. Force in too much running, and you could miss both that half marathon and a lot of regular running.

So I give myself this pep talk, and live with breaking a streak. At least the long run is long enough that my streak of running at least 10 miles a week lives on.

Hopefully, Thursday will be a better day for my legs and a good run.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BLITZEN40 3/7/2013 6:11PM

    Rest and heal. You've only got one body. Take good care of it and it will take good care of you!

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EMMACLAIRE5 3/7/2013 10:36AM

    Good choice! Your next run will be all the better for your decision to rest an extra day.

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HAKAPES 3/6/2013 5:49PM

    Sounds like you are now free to decide on what is best for you, even free to deviate from the original plan, as you know, you can get back on track when you wish to do.

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MSLZZY 3/6/2013 1:45PM

    Wise decision!

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BBECKER1955 3/6/2013 5:52AM

    You did the smart thing.

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PMRUNNER 3/6/2013 5:44AM

    Get healthy then you can start a new streak!

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STRIVERONE 3/5/2013 11:40PM

    It was a fine streak. Let it die with honor. It's children will be it's legacy.

Comment edited on: 3/5/2013 11:41:10 PM

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_LINDA 3/5/2013 11:25PM

    Absolutely the smart decision. Breaking streaks is fine, injuring yourself and losing the opportunity for a major goal is not. That was just too many issues you have there, all of which can be worsened by running. I hope they are better for Thursday!!
Listening your body means success down the road

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DOUGDC 3/5/2013 10:39PM

    Streaks are a great motivation, but there's no benefit in injury. Good going.

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/5/2013 10:18PM

    It hurts to break a streak, even when it's the wisest thing to do : (

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GREENGENES 3/5/2013 10:05PM

    Another well thought out decision. Streaks are fun but keeping yourself healthy is the number one priority.

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MJREIMERS 3/5/2013 9:52PM

    Yes, you need to rest your body! It is talking to you and you need to listen to what it is saying! I know you want to keep your streak alive, but you need to put your health first! It's ok, you'll get back into running as soon as you body heals! Hang in there!

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RUN4FOOD 3/5/2013 9:32PM

    You've had running problems before and don't need them again. Rest is sometimes the best thing to do.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/5/2013 9:13PM

    Great pep talk! Very smart to rest your leg. Sorry the streak got broken, but taking care of yourself is the priority. Your 10 mile a week streak lives -- and that is awesome! May you stay healthy enough to keep it going for a long, long time!!

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