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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.

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    5 miles is 5 miles. It's long. I used to beat myself up a lot on when I'd take walking breaks. Now, I figure it's part of the run. At the end of the run, I look back at those breaks. Some of them I needed to just catch my breath. Others were more about being bored or mentally tired and I try to imagine myself pushing through them. Sometimes it helps. Other times, not so much. I'm convinced the mental effort is much harder in running than the physical effort.
    1831 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the rib injury - it sounds painful! I'm impressed that you pushed and 5 miles IS a lot. Don't push too hard and listen to your body!
    1841 days ago
    Rib injuries suck. I broke one, didn't know it and cracked it a few more times while excavating in my yard over a summer. Just thought it was a bad sprain and I should work it out! My MD said I could continue to shovel...with a teaspoon!
    Baby yourself but continue your exercises. If it hurts, don't push too hard.
    Good for you and I think 5K is awesome any day!
    1841 days ago
    Hope you continue to recover and have a great race!
    1841 days ago
    Thats a loooong run for me:)
    1842 days ago
    Rib injuries are the worst and there's not much besides pain management and time to take care of them. As long as your doc clears you, you kind of have to tough it out if you don't want to sit on the couch for 6-8 weeks. Chin up! It won't last forever. I admire you for getting out there and doing what you can. 5 miles in 56 minutes is certainly no embarrassment, so I think you'll go great!! emoticon
    1842 days ago
    It sounds like a long run to me! Especially with core issues and allergies. Hope that all gets straightened out and you start to feel better.
    1842 days ago
    Hey, speaking as someone who considered a 5K her "out" distance, I refuse to laugh at ANYONE's version of a long run. Long is whatever is long for you TODAY at your current level of health and fitness. It sounds like a wonderful day of testing your limits. You have to start where you ARE, not where you once were or where you wish you could be if you'd never got sick or injured.

    You're doing GREAT, and you're worth it! Spark on!
    1842 days ago
    I consider myself a hardcore runner. And you know what else I consider hardcore?? running with a strained core. ouch!! Plus, 5 is far after a break. Be good to yourself!
    1842 days ago
    Hey you are doing what you can. You are going to have a great race.
    1842 days ago
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