Run slow, run long
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I've had something of a setback recently. Back in Feb. I developed a cough that wouldn't quit. I coughed so hard I strained a rib. I was in so much pain one night I almost took myself to the hospital. Through trial and error, I've learned that I can control the cough with antihistamine (allegra is my preferred tipple), which means it must be allergy. With that, some horse strength muscle relaxers and pain pills, I'm hopeful that I can start to heal... well at least until recently when I'm on an antihistamine free week, preparing for allergy testing.
Dealing with a strain in your core area is really challenging. You are basically always using it. They dont tape ribs anymore. So fitness and running has taken a back seat because I am so afraid of reinjury.
Today I decided it was time to stop babying myself. My next race is a 10k on June 2, the Orange County Classic. I've got a month to not embarrass myself. The stars aligned: DH was home early and leftovers on the menu. I bought new shoes that were waiting for me in a particularly shocking shade of purple.
I know some of you hard core runners out there laugh at 5 miles as a long run. It took me 56 minutes. I took 3 walking breaks and one wait for the light to change. I know if I do this more regular, I will get better, so it just has to be done.
The rib is better but not perfect. I am not perfect. The only thing I can do is slowly do it one step at a time and hope to do it a little better tomorrow.
I hope you are a little better tomorrow too. Run slow, run long, but get out there and do it.