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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.
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