Next week I hope to get back to a more regular Marathon Monday recap of training, but this past week I was still in recover-from-injury mode. The good news is that I ran 4 times for a total of 30 miles. The other good news is that my calves are doing alright…not great, but not as bad as they were, so I’ll take it. I think they are getting better slowly, but we are moving in the right direction.
I met with my sports doctor early in the week and asked him if I should just take another week completely off with no running (of course, I didn’t want to do this, but my frustration level at not getting better was high). He said that he didn’t think that would entirely cure the tightness and knots in my calves and that I could take a week or more off and still be in the same spot I was in. If I didn’t have a marathon coming up in just 7 weeks, taking more time off would most likely be the prudent thing to do, however, he actually told me to resume training (cautiously). I knew I liked this guy! The other change we made is that I took a step back from all the foam rolling and intense myofascial work that I was doing. I was thinking that the more I got deep into my muscles, I could massage the knots away…turned out I may have been aggrivating my legs more than helping them. Too much of a good thing can be bad! Miss Zippy mentioned this exact same thing in the comments last week, and she was right on!
On the news this weekend I heard about a 101 year old man that started running marathons at the age of 89 and just completed his 9th marathon race. I loved what he said about running: “It’s because of the happiness I get out of it. If something makes you happy, you’ll do it well.” How inspiring is that?! It doesn’t have to be running marathons (for me and this man it is), but whatever in life brings you happiness, you should pursue it.
What are you passionate about and makes you happy? While I love running and it does make me happy, there are many other things I am blessed with in my life that make me happy…God, my family, my friends and my pup, Maverick, just to name a few.